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Hoisin (but not really) Country Ribs Recipe
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Hoisin (but not really) Country Ribs

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"I love cooking country ribs in my slow cooker -- such a cheap cut of meat to have so much flavor! Although the ol' bottle of BBQ sauce is delicious, it is very sweet and rich. Enter the spirit of adventure and use some random pantry items to create a delicious, lighter alternative."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs 5 mins

    8 hrs 15 mins


  1. Heat the peanut oil in a large skillet over high heat. Brown the ribs evenly in the hot oil, about 5 minutes; remove from heat.
  2. Stir the tomato sauce, dried onion, hoisin sauce, and shiitake mushrooms together in a slow cooker. Add the ribs to the sauce mixture, turning to coat in the sauce.
  3. Cook on Low until the ribs are falling-apart tender, 8 to 10 hours.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 25, 2011

I love ribs smothered in all American barbecue sauce just as much as the next person, but sometimes, when I’m home and not getting the best of the best in Memphis (in my opinion) they get kind of, well…old, boring. In addition, I rarely use my Crock-Pot and was in the mood to. This recipe called out to me and I SO looked forward to making it! It was wonderfully aromatic as it was cooking, and the finished dish didn’t disappoint. However… I did play with the recipe some. Rather than the proportions directed in the recipe I used half tomato sauce, half hoisin sauce. I added a good glug of mirin (rice wine), a few shakes of soy sauce and some minced garlic. I found I only needed half the amount of sauce called for. If I was to make this again, I would use only half the recipe of sauce for the same amount of ribs – it was plenty. Just as was the aroma as this was cooking, the flavor was equally as tantalizing. I served this with “Stir Fried Sesame Vegetables with Rice,” also from this site, and garnished it with some chopped green onion and toasted sesame seeds. To complete the meal I accompanied it with “Chinese-Style Broccoli Salad.” It was a beautiful and colorful presentation, nutritious and wholesome, and deliciously satisfying. Five stars, for sure, with the modifications - especially the addition of the soy sauce and mirin.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 12, 2011

This recipe was quick and easy to make. The pork was very tender and moist. Unfortunately for our taste we didn't care for the flavor.

Jul 15, 2011

Saw this early in the morning! Had everything thing but Peanut Oil. Used Veg. Oil. Love It !!!!!! Had unexpected Compamy ! Everyone Fliped!!!!! Thank You For Sharing !!!!! Tiggy1

Mar 15, 2012

I made this over night, 9PM - 6AM. This morning I woke up to a very aromatic home. This is a super easy & tasty recipe. I used 2.6 lbs of country style ribs (on sale $1.79/lb) & adjusted the recipe accordingly. Prior to browning the ribs, I cut off much of the fat but left enough for flavor. Then I browned the ribs in olive oil, about 2-3 minutes total. I used olive oil only because I have it in the house & didn’t want to buy peanut oil that I know I’ll hardly ever use; not sure if it really makes a difference. I couldn’t find shitake mushrooms so just bought a 4 oz can for slice mushrooms; not sure if that makes a difference either. Also used 1 Tbs dried minced onion. I incorporated the suggestions of reviewer "naples34102"' & used low sodium rice wine, low sodium soy sauce & fresh garlic clove that I minced. I agree with naples34102's comment about the sauce; all in all it's really a personal preference. Instead of 15 oz can tomato sauce, I used 6 oz of store bought jarred garlic & basil marinara that I had in my fridge & 8 oz hoisin sauce. Looking forward to enjoying it tonight for dinner! Of course I did bring a bit to the office as a lunch appetizer! For those living in Boston’s north shore, it will cost you about $11 - $12 to make this recipe.

Jan 26, 2012

Very good! I didn't have peanut oil so I used the Smart Balance oil on hand. I agree with another reviewer that browning isn't necessary. I cooked them on high for 4 hours and the bones we're falling out. I love the ease of this recipe and the short list of ingredients. I would suggest trying a whole onion, adding garlic and some sriracha for some heat. A good side in my opinion would be quinoa, sticky rice, or a steamed/grilled veggie.

Apr 27, 2015

This is really good. I added 4 garlic cloves and crushed red pepper flakes. It's yummy over rice.

Oct 24, 2014

Good as is, though I suggest removing the meat from the pan and browning a diced onion, to make use of the browned bits left from sauteing. Then, if you want to, you can deglaze with a bit (I think I used about 1/2 a cup, maybe less-kind of depends on the width of your pan) of mirin and pour into the crock pot with the rest of the ingredients. You can skip this, as the pork contains some salt usually and will both brown and deglaze the onion, but the mirin will help with caramelization. All of this takes only a few more seconds and deepens the flavour dramatically. Some chili paste made mine a little more fun, too. Definitely sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over them. I added a couple drops of toasted sesame oil to the pot because if I could I would drink the stuff straight from the bottle.


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  • Calories
  • 467 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.9 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 120 mg
  • 40%
  • Fat
  • 32.9 g
  • 51%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 30.4 g
  • 61%
  • Sodium
  • 689 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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