Comforting Crock

Crock Pot Asian Style Ribs

I have been regrettably neglectful of my blog…

This is a post that was set up for February, when we had much cooler temps.

It’s here now…  Thank you for sticking around!

The Crock Pot entered my life years ago as a food warmer; never thought of it as a cooker even after interviewing a food writer on her Crock Pot cook book!  My wonderful supportive friends online turned me onto its genius!  Yes, it cooks for hours however it creates the most flavorful dishes as it seals in the spices, herbs, flavors and juices of the dish you have in it!

I made these ribs as an initial experiment.  Did some investigating on the use of a Crock Pot and found many recommendations to add liquids to dishes no matter what the desired result.  Hmmm, additional liquid would turn dishes into stews, wouldn’t it? That was not my intention here.

I just followed my instincts and made an Asian-styled marinade for the ribs then added them to the pot after sufficient marinating.  I cooked them for about 6 hours while I worked from home.  And man, oh man…  What a flavorful result!  Meat was super moist and tender!

Since this trial I have made the following in my Crock Pot:  fresh brussel sprouts with balsamic, duck breast soup, and chicken stew with lots of fresh veggies!

The simplicity is what won me over in addition to the great results!  One pot to clean!

Good deal on good pork from Whole Foods. I pounced!

It begins with the freshest!

Here’s the recipe and the process.

Crock Pot Asian Style Ribs

Ingredients for Asian Marinade
*Note:  these measurements are approximate as you can tailor the marinade to your personal tastes.
1 T Chinese Five Spice
6 garlic cloves – minced
¼ C Hoisin sauce
1 T minced ginger
1 orange – juiced
¼ C citrus seasoned soy sauce
2 T Zhenjiang vinegar
1 T soy sauce
1 T canola oil
dash of red pepper flakes

Process:  add all ingredients to a bowl and combine; add the marinade to washed and dried ribs and allow to permeate the meat for at least 2 hours; add the ribs to the Crock Pot set on high, cover and allow it to cook for 5-6 hours checking on them and turning them from bottom to top on occasion.  Remove, allow to cool, and enjoy the flavors!!!

Ribs are melding with the flavors.

Asian flavors abound!

No dried out ribs here.