Easy Chinese Barbecue Ribs in the Crock Pot (Char Siu)

Falling-off the bone tender and tasty Chinese Barbecue Ribs made in the crock pot and finished by broiling in the oven. Hands down THE BEST ribs ever!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword barbecue ribs, char siu
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 491 kcal


  • 6 lbs baby back ribs (2 racks, 3 lbs each)

For the dry rub:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp five-spice powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

For the sticky sauce:

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup rice vinegar (or sherry vinegar)
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp five-spice powder
  • 20 drops red food coloring
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water

For garnish:

  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped green onions


  1. Remove membrane from the ribs and discard; reserve ribs. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, five-spice powder, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Spread dry rub mixture on both side of the ribs and then place them in the slow cooker.     

  2. You may have to curl the rack of ribs along the inner wall of the crock pot to fit it  in. Prepare the sticky sauce. Mix together brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha, minced garlic, five-spice, and red food coloring in a small saucepan.

  3. Pour half of the sauce in the crock pot, cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low until tender. Transfer ribs to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with sauce. Broil for about 7-8 minutes. 

  4. Meanwhile, whisk cornstarch with water in a small bowl; reserve. Bring remaining pan sauce to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and then whisk in cornstarch mixture. Make sure to stir sauce constantly until thickened, about 5-7 minutes.

  5. Remove ribs from oven and brush them with thickened sauce. Garnish top with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve with rice, noodles, or in a sandwich. Use the crock pot broth to dip rib sandwich into (french dip style). 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chinese Barbecue Ribs in the Crock Pot (Char Siu)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 491 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 2037mg85%
Potassium 463mg13%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.