Slow Cooker Hawaiian Ribs

My sister is due on Sunday with her first child and I think I might be just as excited for this arrival as she is! :) This is the first baby, besides my kiddos, on my side of the family making me an OFFICIAL aunt! On my hubby’s side there are 8 siblings, 7 of which are married and all seven have/are having babies. Seriously, we have at least 3 babies a year on that side of the family, and it is AWESOME because every kid is guaranteed someone their age to play with at family get togethers. I love all my nieces and nephews all the same, but that being said, I think it is a little different for sisters having kids. I can’t wait to watch my little sister step into the amazing roll of mother. She is going to be absolutely fantastic. I also can’t wait to squeeze and kiss on that new baby’s cheeks :)

After having a couple babies, I know first hand how tiring it can be and what a LIFESAVER slow cooker meals are. Whether you are freezing them or just need to quickly throw a meal together, they are the best!

My family recently tried this recipe that I slightly adapted from A Year of Slow Cooking and loved it. I haven’t had much success with ribs in the past. I know, don’t ask me how you can ruin a meat that is only supposed to get more tender with cooking time, but I have had terrible luck… until this recipe. They were delicious and we will definitely be making them again!

ALSO: side note, I have recently started using slow cooker liners and I don’t know what took me so long! Saves on clean up DRASTICALLY. I highly recommend them :)

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Ribs on ...A delicious and EASY meal! Dump it in the slow cooker and let it do all the work for you!

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Ribs
A delicious and EASY meal! Dump it in the slow cooker and let it do all the work for you!
Recipe type: Entrée
  • 2 lbs. boneless beef short ribs
  • ⅓ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1½ Tbsp. honey
  • 3 Tbsp. pineapple juice
  • 3½ tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. Chinese 5 Spice powder
  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray or insert a slow cooker liner.
  2. Evenly distribute rib meat inside slow cooker.
  3. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, pineapple juice, minced garlic and Chinese 5 Spice powder and stir until evenly combined. Dump over rib meat.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

(recipe slightly adapted from A Year of Slow Cooking)

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  1. Leslie

    These ribs look and sound divine! I love the crock pot idea of cooking them and it seems like around here short ribs are on sale a lot too:). I want to try this recipe out.

  2. Darlene

    Yum! I love slow cookers too! This is a wonderful idea, I always cook my ribs in the oven but this sounds even easier! Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Kimberley

    Yum....I love ribs and always in need of more beef recipes!! I am intrigued by these slow cooker liners you speak of, can't say I even knew they existed! Best wishes to your sister on the up coming arrival of her little one, I agree, it is great to be an AUNTY! I love my two little nieces nearly as much as my own!

  4. Barbie

    These sound great. I'll need to try them. And I'm with you on the slow cooker liners - my daughter got me started using them recently and I wondered how in the world I got by all these years without them!

  5. Julia

    Wow these look amazing! Ribs are good but I think you just took them to a new level.

  6. Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such

    Congrats to your sister, and to you too, of course! I became an OFFICIAL aunt just over a year's gone by super fast. Best wishes to all!
    Oh, and those ribs look yummy - loving all the marinated garlic over top.

  7. Eileen montoya

    I have all the ingredients so, I am making this tonight :)

  8. Daisy

    Nikki, how spicy is the Chinese 5 Spice powder? If I only used 1/8 tsp would it still taste the same as with the 1/2 tsp. We just don't do spicy but they look so good and I would like to try the recipes. Thanks, Daisy

    1. Allison

      Chinese 5 spice isn't spicy. Just flavorful.

  9. Leslie

    Yay, so exciting about your sister! I am due next Friday and I am stocking up on the slow-cooker recipes, so your timing is divine. These look so delicious!

  10. Laura

    Looks delicious! Do you serve it over rice or what do you serve with it? Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Karen

    What is Chinese 5 spice powder?

  12. Kathleen Clegg

    This sounds so good. I can't wait to try it. I have been using slow cooker liners for a long time. I love them! It makes clean up so quick!

  13. Linda

    These look great. Love the slow cooker part. Nothing like pulling in the garage at the end of the day and smelling something delicious ready to eat. We're having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa and I'd love it if you brought these over.

    Hope to see you there,

  14. Jaclyn

    I love slow cooker meals and these look delish!

  15. Dawn

    Thanks so much for posting this! When I found this recipe, it immediately brought back memories of our honeymoon in Hawaii so I checked it out immediately. I made it last night, using pork country style ribs instead of beef. After cooking the ribs, I knew I wanted to try to approximate that crispy crunch we loved so much about the BBQ there, so I ran them under the broiler for a few minutes before serving. It helped. The sauce flavor was spot on, but in the end, I'm afraid it left us missing the thick, sticky consistency we think is an essential part of the authentic dish. I tried adding some cornstarch to the sauce to thicken it, but it really didn't help. Any suggestions to try and get it thick and sticky next time? Or are thin sauces just par for the course with slow cookers (I'm fairly new to them)? Thanks!!!

  16. Dawn

    BTW, congrats to your family, and your blog is beautiful!!

  17. Micaela

    What is Chinese 5 spice powder? Can I substitute something else for it?