5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ribs

Got 5 minutes? Then you are ready to make these melt in your mouth Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ribs!

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ribs #crockpot #pork

Even though it might look like I’m on top of meal planning since I share a weekly dinner menu every Saturday, I have to confess that I don’t always manage to plan my meals for the week ahead. It used to be easier before I was a blogger because I made the same few things over and over. It’s not hard to plan meals when you aren’t getting creative, but now I’m always trying to think of fresh, new ideas so YOU don’t have to be in a dinner rut!

Anyway, sometimes if inspiration hasn’t struck for a week of new recipes, I kind of wing it a couple days at a time. One day this week, I was standing in the meat department trying to invent a dinner, and boneless country pork ribs caught my eye. I knew I had all these other ingredients at home, so I excitedly grabbed the ribs with a plan.

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ribs #crockpot #pork


These brown sugar ribs melt in your mouth and taste delicious over rice. They would work in a sandwich too since the meat is so tender. The sauce is a little salty, a little sweet, and a lot good. This super easy slow cooker dinner should please the whole family!

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5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ribs
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These salty, sweet, fork tender ribs will please your whole family!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
  • ⅓ c. soy sauce
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1.5 lb. boneless country pork ribs
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into quarters and sliced thin
  1. Whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar in your slow cooker. Add onions and ribs, and gently stir to coat all sides of meat with sauce.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours or low 6-8 hours. Flip meat halfway through cooking if possible.


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  1. Looks like something that I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing, I love recipes that don’t have too many steps!

  2. Simple but super delicious! I’m sure I could make this without the soy sauce and substitute salt. Then not only will it be delicious but free of the top 8 food allergens too! Yum!

    • Hi, Laura! I didn’t think of soy sauce being bad for soy allergies, even though that seems pretty obvious now that you mention it! I’m sure you could come up with a tasty allergen-free version if anyone could! Thanks for your visit and comment :)

  3. Thank you. Just went on my meal plan for the week.

  4. These ribs look awesome Andi! Love slow cooker meals like this that are tasty and easy :)

    • Thank you, Kelly! I love easy ones like this too, and pork is great in the slow cooker because it stays moist. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

  5. Wow Andi these look great. I am going to sub Tamari for the soy sauce (it is a gluten free soy sauce) and give this recipe a try. Which of your cocktail recipes do you think I should try with it?


    • Thank you, Sandi! I’ll have to try tamari. I’ve seen it in the store but never used it. I would serve these with Raspberry Bourbon Lemonade! Thanks for asking, and have a great weekend!

  6. Nice recipe. Thanks Andi.

  7. Maybe this is a stupid question, but what is “seasoned” rice vinegar?

  8. Just made these today and all I have to say is omg delicious! Living on my own and being away at work all day, it’s hard to find something that is a hearty meal as well as easy and can be ready to eat when I get home! This recipe calls for very little but gives a lot in taste! Thank you Andi I will definitely be looking for more of your recipes on here!

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