Simple, easy, and full of flavor- these Honey Soy Slow Cooker or Dutch Oven Asian Country Ribs are a delicious dish the whole family will love!
I love slightly sweet, sometimes spicy, deliciously garlic flavored asian-inspired dishes.
They are straightforward, quick, and can be pretty healthy when you add lots of fresh vegetables and skip the overly fried and breaded Americanized stuff – and it is deceptively easy to build rich, complex flavors.
My husband isn’t a huge fan of slightly sweet meats, or really soy sauce based dishes in general, so I always have a hard time getting some of the meals I am craving without him silently rolling his eyes… until now!
When I made these dutch oven honey soy country ribs the first time, he was a bit skeptical.
I used the same basic marinade recipe as I had for these amazingly delicious Honey Soy Slow Cooker Chicken Wings (which are, hands down, some of the most delicious wings I have ever tasted):
But he wasn’t sold.
Until he tasted it. And then….. well, let’s just say our whole family (including my two very picky kids), gobbled it up in no time!
My daughter has no issues reaching for fruits, veggies, and healthier foods- but it can sometimes be tough to get her to eat proteins.
She actually ended up eating more of this than I did (I couldn’t resist her sweet eyes asking for more, so I gave her a good part of my share)… and asked again the next day for more.
For an opinionated three year old, I take that as a major win!
This recipe is simple and so delicious- I hope your family loves it as much as we did.
And if you’d like to see just how easy it is, check out this video! If you like it and want to see more delicious and easy meals, be sure to follow my YouTube channel and give it a thumbs up!!
And for your convenience, I am listing the recipe with two options- you can either cook it in a slow cooker, or a dutch oven!
And since I know I will have a few people ask- yes you *could* just toss all the ingredients in the slow cooker or dutch oven and set it to forget it— but I highly recommend browning the meat and veggies first.
This is an awesome way to develop richer, meatier flavors – and brings out subtle sweetness in the meat and veggies by adding a touch of caramelization. This is the best way to add flavor without adding a ton of extra fat and calories- and really helps to lock in the meat’s moisture.
The extra 20 minutes is optional, but totally worth it, I promise!
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Honey Soy Slow Cooker or Dutch Oven Asian Country Ribs
- 2 tbsp grapeseed or other high-heat neutral oil
- 2 country stye ribs, bone-in (around 2 pounds without bone, or 3½ pounds total package weight with bone)
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 large shallots, diced
- 1 large bell pepper, red, diced
- 8 cloves garlic, diced
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- ¼ cup rice wine
- ½ cup beef stock
- green onions or shallots, diced, to garnish
- sesame seeds, to garnish
- If using dutch oven, preheat oven to 300 degrees. If using slow cooker, turn to low and let warm.
- In a large heavy pan (or dutch oven if you will be cooking in it), heat oil on medium high, until shimmery.
- Add ribs to pan and sear to brown meat on all sides.
- Remove ribs and set aside (or place in slow cooker if not using dutch oven).
- Add onions, shallots, garlic and pepper to pan.
- Stir occasionally and cook vegetables until browned and soft.
- If using dutch oven, add short ribs back to pan. If using slow cooker, add vegetables to slow cooker.
- Return pan to stove and deglaze with rice wine (add rice wine to pan and stir it around to clean any browned bits off the bottom of the pan).
- If using slow cooker, add rice wine from deglazed pan into slow cooker.
- In either the dutch oven or slow cooker, add soy sauce, rice vinegar, and stock.
- If desired, add a little chili paste.
- Add lid to either slow cooker or dutch oven.
- If making in dutch oven- cook in oven at 300 for 2½ hours, until meat is over 165 internal temperature and falls off the bone.
- If making in crockpot/slow cooker, cook on high for 4 hours, until meat is over 165 internal temperature and meat falls off bone.
- Remove meat from dutch oven or slow cooker, and remove and discard any bones.
- Plate and top with sauce from pan.
- Serve with vegetables, rice, or mix into a bowl-style meal!
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