Slow cooker (crockpot) + spare ribs = delicious meals

Do you know that you can roast chicken and spare ribs in a slow cooker? Well, I know it can be done but I dare not try it yet because I am not sure if my claypot will crack if there is not enough water. Normally, what I did is to place some vegetables at the bottom, put my meats on top and cook it without adding any water.

The other day I cooked spare ribs using this method. Season about 500 grams pork ribs with one piece red, preserved beancurd (ang tau joo), Mei Kwei Lu Chinese wine, some dark soya sauce and a little cornflour. Then, spread some onions and garlics at the bottom of the crockpot and place the meat on top. Leave it on high for only three hours and I got the most tender, flavourful pork ribs without worrying about maintaining fire or anything like that.

Today, I have another portion of pork ribs and season it this way. Mustard (mustard powder), pepper, salt and cornflour. Line the base with two stalks of celery, onions, garlic, two tomatoes and one large potato. Then, place the ribs on top the vegetables. Another three hours, I have delicious ribs with some gravy which blends well with the vegetables.

Yummy! Check out this article on how to roast a chicken using a trivet inside a crockpot. If you try it before, please let me know? Wouldn’t the pot crack if there isn’t enough water?

Post Author: lilian

Used to be PenangFaces, now known as Food Haven, for all oink-oink foods

11 thoughts on “Slow cooker (crockpot) + spare ribs = delicious meals


    (November 15, 2006 - 12:27 pm)

    Looks really good but having phobia of cooking in slow cooker without water… Betul betul boleh kah?


    (November 15, 2006 - 8:02 pm)

    Roast? IN a Slow Cooker? Boleh Kah? Interesting juga, need to check this up..if u try you inform us ah aunty…


    (November 16, 2006 - 10:19 am)

    i have the same doubt too and i even saw cake recipes. i wonder if they really can work.


    (November 16, 2006 - 11:32 am)

    Yummy, If my hubby see this post, he’s gonna bug me to cook it for him. I think i will one of these weekends. Simple to cook and YUMMY!


    (November 16, 2006 - 11:52 am)

    Will be cooking my seasoned pork ribs + sam chan bak(not enough ribs) with barbecue sauce in slow cooker like Lilian`s method today. Will tell result later..hope my pot doesn`t crack!


    (November 16, 2006 - 3:14 pm)

    Thks Lilian looks yummy going to try this weekend with ribs! 🙂


    (November 16, 2006 - 11:43 pm)

    My pork ribs cooked in slow cooker taste really delicious and the meats are really tender with all the flavours sealed in.(just like in canned food!)Many thks Lilian, for another great dish.


    (November 17, 2006 - 11:40 am)

    U tried Molly? It worked…hmmmm…okie…shld give it a try also


    (November 27, 2006 - 8:27 pm)

    Hey Molly,
    just found your site on a random searc…your pics make me so hungry for Malaysian food (I am in UK)-wah, very hungry, loh!


    (May 9, 2009 - 12:03 pm)

    I haven’t done ribs in a crock pot yet. I should try this!

    Do you actually know anyone who has had a slow cooker crack? I have never heard of this. Now I worry… lol

    alan barker

    (January 20, 2010 - 2:00 am)

    since reading your posts, i wanted a slow cooker, but wanted to know if you could put a roast in it without water. so i got a cheap one from asda. £7.00. and a big piece of rump. put it into the slow cooker without any water. cooked it all day, and it was the best piece of meat i ever tasted. i now use my more expensive cooker all the time, and i never put any water in it at all for joints of meat.that means any joint. you will finish up wit a perfect roast, and the pot will be nearly a third full of pure stock for the gravy.pore the stock into a pan carefully, and add the water from the veg, especially the cabbage water, some gravy thickener, and you have the best gravy you can make. your,s Alan

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