Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Spicy Bean Sauce

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Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Spicy Bean Sauce

It has been really, really cold here these past two weeks with sub zero temperatures and literally bone chilling wind chills. Thank God, modern homes are equipped with a furnace and fireplace so that we can weather this bitter cold comfortably indoors. I can’t really complain as I am a stay-at-home mom and can limit going outdoors to a minimum at this time. My heart goes out to those who have to work outdoors. Good thing we will have a reprieve this coming weekend where the temperature will rise above zero Fahrenheit, still very cold by most standards but certainly much better than what we are experiencing right now.

If you are a parent working outside the home, a comforting thought is having a hot dish waiting for you and your family when you step in the door. That is where the slow cooker comes in. It is no wonder that slow cooker dishes are so popular at this time of the year. All the ingredients can be placed in the insert the night before and simply popped into the cooker in the morning. It should always be set to cook at low for 6 to 8 hours unless you know you will be home before that.

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Spicy Bean Sauce

This Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Spicy Bean Sauce recipe is one that I have cooked countless times on the stove. I have converted it to work just as well in the slow cooker. I added the potatoes to absorb some of the gravy and to thicken the sauce. It can certainly be omitted if preferred. For minimum prep work, I used the Korean gochujang for the chili paste. I did set the slow cooker to cook on high for 4 hours but you can set it to slow for 6 to 8 hours instead.

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Spicy Bean Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Spicy Bean Sauce


  • 2¼ lbs (1kg) bone-in pork ribs, cut into smaller pieces
  • 3 small potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • Sauce
  • 1 tbsp salted/fermented black beans, chopped
  • 1 tbsp salted/fermented soy beans, chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp chili paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn starch


Place pork ribs and potatoes in slow cooker insert.

Combine all sauce ingredients with 1 cup (240ml) water in a small bowl. Pour over pork ribs and potatoes.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Spicy Bean Sauce

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Spicy Bean Sauce

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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18 Responses

  1. PolaM says:

    Love this recipe! Have to try it before the weather improves!

  2. That look’s truly delicious and you are certainly making your slow cooker earn its keep!

    • Biren says:

      Thanks Denise! Yes, I have putting my slow cooker to good use. Find it very comforting to have something ready for dinner come evening and I am busy with other things. :)

  3. Leslie says:

    Hi Biren,
    These look wonderful, but I am wondering what makes the gravy? There doesn’t appear to be any liquid in the sauce ingredients. Am I missing something?

    • Biren says:

      Please add 1 cup (240ml) water to the sauce ingredients. The pork ribs will also release a little more liquid to make up the sauce.

  4. Ramona says:

    Now that’s a spectacular feast. :)

  5. mjskit says:

    I bet the meat just falls right off the bone. These look so good, tender and delicious! What a great meal to come home to!

    • Biren says:

      Thanks MJ! The meat does fall off the bones and it was so much easier to just place everything in the slow cooker amd press a few buttons. :)

  6. Dongxing says:

    Wow, this looks delicious. It has one of my favourite seasoning ingredients – black beans. For some strange reason, I have never cooked pork with black beans. Your combination of fermented black beans and soy beans looks really tasty. I will try out this recipe very soon with a pressure cooker instead as I do not yet own a slow cooker. Have a nice day, Biren!

    • Biren says:

      You should give it a try. Black beans are great with pork but I prefer a mix of black and soy beans. It should work in the pressure cooker. Just adjust the time.

  7. I found this recipe through Foodgawker; it looks amazing and perfect for the winter!

    • Biren says:

      Thanks for visiting, Diana! This is one of my favorite ways of cooking pork ribs. I normally cook it on the stove but the slow cooker works great too for this recipe.

  8. Jeanne says:

    Hi Biren!
    This looks delicious plus quick & easy too. Slow cookers are heaven sent for a confused cook like me especially on busy weekends.

    Btw for over more than a month I have been unable to post comments here as there was never a CAPTCHA code below so I was stuck but suddenly I see one today so I’m going to send this now and wish you and your family a very belated Happy New Year 2013 Biren. Its been a revealing year so far for me having discovered great food blogs of your’s and Denise’s.

    • Biren says:

      I use my pressure cooker more than my slow cooker but I am slowly warming up to it. Sorry to hear my captcha has been misbehaving but glad to know it came to its senses. Thank you for the kind words and also the well wishes. I hope you are off to a great start for 2013. :)

  9. Nasifriet says:

    I haven’t been using my slow cooker for a while now and I might start getting busy with all the ideas you have been posting cooking with the slow cooker :-)
    It’s still very cold here in Belgium. It was snowing today and again tomorrow. Really chilly at nights, hence, this dish is a saviour. Ha ha ha..

  1. March 6, 2013

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