Asian Marinated Crockpot Beef Spare Ribs

Let’s get one thing straight, right here, right now. I am not a chef. I have no culinary background. And I literally have no idea what I’m doing in the kitchen. I just like trying new things and I’m not scared to f*ck up. Well, that’s a lie, but it sounded brave.

So I was brave this weekend. I marinated these spare ribs for almost 3 days (because my propane ran out and I was too lazy to get a refill) and when I finally had the ability to grill these suckers up, I decided to take a chance. You see, I have never grilled spare ribs before. Only crockpotted (that is a word, don’t question me) them. I knew I was going to be lucky if they turned out how I wanted them to. So I did the smart thing and only grilled up one of the racks of spare ribs. And guess what happened. It didn’t work. I mean, it cooked through and it tasted good, but the meat was tough as balls. Not that appetizing and/or satisfying. So, like any smart person would do, I went back to my comfort zone. Crockpot. God bless that thing. I blame it on how the ribs were cut, but what would I know. I have no butcher experience either. Fail.

This recipe is a little bit like this one. But less intense. The pictures on that recipe are definitely more intense. Meaning gross.

I just started listening to Dance Cardio, Electronic Cardio, and Rap Strength Training stations on Pandora. I effing love it. My CrossFit classes don’t. Sorry classes, you have poor taste. That’s just a fact.

Did you know Sergio is doing a celebrity guest post on Friday? I have started to ask some of my friends to post about their lives and what they eat like on a normal day. First up, the one and only Serge. If you don’t know who that is, don’t worry, you will soon. He’s featured consistently on my instagram because we spend a large chunk of time together. The only thing our friends do is give us sh*t about being in a relationship, which we are not. He’ll explain why on Friday. Should be interesting, especially since he won’t show me the post. I feel like doing these celebrity guest posts on Fridays might have been a bad idea. Balls.


Asian Marinated Crockpot Beef Spare Ribs

  • Yield: 2-4 1x


  • 46lbs Grass Fed Beef Short Ribs
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Aminos
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon siracha (or other hot sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place spare ribs in a large baking dish or shallow dish.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, other than the ribs.
  3. Pour marinade over the ribs.
  4. Cover and place in fridge to marinate for 8+ hours. I did 2+ days, but that’s because of laziness. You don’t have to be a lazy ass like me. Taste paid off though.
  5. Place ribs in crockpot.
  6. Pour extra marinade on top. You shouldn’t need extra liquid, but if you do, just add a couple tablespoons of water.
  7. Turn crockpot to low and cook for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender and falls off the bone.
  8. OMG eat them.

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66 thoughts on “Asian Marinated Crockpot Beef Spare Ribs”

  1. This recipe sounds great…

    One thing though. What’s the point of using Raw honey if you’re cooking it in the recipe. AFAIK, the only proven/real benefit of Raw honey is the bioactive compounds that “live” in it (because it’s never been heated). When you cook it, you’re effectively doing the same thing they do with processed honey (except finer straining).

    Just a thought — might not be worth wasting your good honey in ANY recipe that you’re going to cook, as you don’t get to keep the benefits of the “raw”ness.

    I use raw honey in all cold preps (smoothies, salads, dressings, etc) and cheap’o processed honey in anything I’m going to cook.

    1. Thanks for the tip Kevin!! I only ever have raw honey in my pantry so that’s why I use that, but people can use whatever they want 🙂

      1. May want to do your research! Most cheap-o processed honey has high fructose corn syrup added to it! Don’t know about you, but I’d rather kill some enzymes in my raw, pure honey than to load myself up with fake-o cheap-o sweeteners! 🙂

        1. You bring up a good point about the honey. Just like any product, you have to check out the ingredients. I too use regular honey though for cooking and raw for everything else. It is easily half the price I pay for raw and even if it doesn’t have any additional ingredients.
          The one thing I DO sub out is the Sriracha sauce. It used to go on just about everything pre-paleo days until I saw it has a bunch of additives. There are a few good recipes to make a paleo version(nom nom paleo, etc) or if I’m in a pinch, I usually stock Mina Harissa-Spicy which is a paleo friendly Moroccan hot sauce as a quick sub although it doesn’t carry as much heat.

          Great recipe though.. I look forward to making it for the Hubby and I this weekend! =)

      2. Have made these many times! They are amazing. I marinade for 2 days because I keep forgetting that I have prepared them! Family LOVES them. Your recipes are Go to for me

  2. I’m not pointing at mistakes, but just so you know for next time, you can cook your ribs in the oven and then finish them on the grill. There are so many muscle fibers in ribs, that they need a slow cook first to break all that tissue down..

    1. Seconding what Tina said. My parents have always boiled ribs for a bit before they put them on the grill and they always tend to be a lot more tender and fall-off-the-bone-ish.

        1. Ditto to the two-part cooking method. It’s awesome. However, the ribs are SO tender, after the first round of cooking (crock pot or oven) that you have to make sure to get under them completely when you’re moving them to the grill, and flipping them over. You can’t just grab an end and flip, like you would for chicken or something. If you do that, you’ll suddenly be holding a single bone in your tongs, while the rest of your ribs either fall on the ground, or remain on your grill, getting burned. Not like I’ve ever had that happen to me or anything…

  3. I know you’re not a huge fan, but do you think this would be good with pork ribs? Also, the rap strength training station on Pandora is amazing.

  4. I’ve never cooked ribs. Actually pretty much all over cuts of meat besides chicken and ground beef scare me to cook, gotta overcome that because ribs look damn delicious!

  5. These look yummy, and the fact I can throw them in the crockpot..HUGE the hubby is the man about the grill….so I rarely touch it 😀

    And awesome mention of the Pandora workout stations. I am always craving that motivating music I get during my WOD (after work), during the day while I am toiling at the computer. The Electronic Cardio will help keep me in check (and provide me the club music to chair dance in my cube :D) as always, you rock Juli!

  6. I hope no vegetarians ever see this post, because the meat close-ups would probably make them pass out. I’m about to pass out too… but from hunger! Looks good.

  7. I am a newbie to Paleo. One month strong. Your blog has saved me. I am obsessed with all things PaleOMG! You’re hilar and your food is the! You have also inspired me to start Crossfit. Starting here in Oregon very soon! My husband is a rib man, I cant wait to show him up with some crockpot ribs! crockpotting (also a legit word) are the ish!

  8. Hi Julie! My fiance has fallen in love with your blog (great for me) and wants one of your tanks. What would be a good size to buy for a size 4-6?? Thanks!

  9. Perrrrfect!!! We just got another quarter cow and need to find a way to cook short ribs. My husband insisted on cooking the last ones…huge freaking mistake, men should stay out of the kitchen.

  10. This sounds delicious, and I may try it this weekend if I’m not too lazy. By the way, don’t you think balls would actually be tender? Just wondering . . . 🙂 Love your blog BTW. I don’t do paleo, but a Facebook friend posted a picture of a dish she made from one of your recipes, and I followed the link. Been hooked every since. I also recommended my sister (a huge fitness and healthy eating buff) check out your blog. We are a bunch of snarky biotches, so we love it!

  11. Today I used my crockpot for the first time and I am so happy with the results. the ribs were delicious. I’ve been on Paleo for over a month now and this was my favorite meal so far!

  12. Do the ribs have to be covered in liquid in the crockpot? I mean, does the liquid have to be higher than the ribs? Ima crockpot novice

  13. Have you ever used Korean-style short ribs? It’s a thinner cut which could help out on the grill. Plus, cooking time is probably less.

  14. I just made these for dinner, and they were really awesome! I really love your blog, it has some really great paleo food ideas.

  15. These are seriously friggin amazeballs. I couldn’t get the meat to STAY on the bone. I used ~3# short ribs and then grabbed another ~3# of back ribs. I like my sutff juicy so I tripled the marinade, and the huzz, the roommate and I all agree these are some of the bset ribs EVER. Juli…. you rock.

  16. Haven’t cooked this yet, but totally gonna do it. Julie-you crack me up! I appreciate the use of the word “balls” as a synonym to “fail”. (Although I like every sense of the word.) so, here’s the deal. I’m a Walmart shopper and don’t think I can find the coconut stuff there. Any alternatives? I’m new to paleo and I’m also BROKE! I’m a mom of 5 kids and they eat like forever amounts of food. Let me know… Hope ya read this

  17. This recipe was amazing! I did however 1 1/2 the liquid part to allow more juice to be on the ribs….this and a sweet potato? who could ask for more! Ha!

  18. I’m sorry but I’m confused. I just put my ribs in the fridge to marinate. I only have 3lbs of ribs and there was barely enough marinade to use as a rub (?)
    Am I missing something? The ingredient quantities seem really low.

  19. I tried this recipe and the meat just falls off the bone. However, I need to increase the marinade ingredients. It’s a little bland. However, I love this recipe. I will try again next weekend. Thanks for a great recipe that is so easy. I mean, I don’t have to do anything, just put them in the crocpot!!! 🙂

  20. This looks like an awesome recipe..cant wait to try it!! However is there anything else i can use to substitute the white wine vinegar?
    Will apple cider vinegar do or maybe just plain white vinegar? or chinese wine? I don’t have white wine vinegar on hand and would just like to use up something which is already in my kitchen if possible.

  21. cc DarryleSanchez

    Your rib recipes look great, and I look forward to trying a couple of them soon. That being said, I might say that the gratuitous profanity and remarks about foot stench are a bit off-putting.

    1. That’s how Juli writes. If that is off putting, I encourage you to skip the blog part and just look at the recipes. Most of us find her hilarious!

  22. I made this for dinner and my ribs were so dry. I always have a hard time with crockpot meats – they always come out very chewy. Any ideas what I can do to make it softer?

    The flavor was awesome!

  23. I’m trying these this week and I am so excited. I made 2 of your recipes last week and me and the boyfriend loved them. I think you are fab and I personally love the fucking the profanity.

  24. Great looking recipe can’t wait to try. Like Kevin said I save my raw organic honey for eating uncooked. I have non-raw organic honey for cooking.

  25. Okay, I know nothing about PALEO but I checked out this recipe….what makes this Paloe vs the normal Bbq sauce?

  26. I have made several of your recipes, thanks so much for the good eats. I see lots of people have short rib recipes but my local store is always out. Any other suggested cuts of meat for this recipe ?

  27. I’m making this as we speak…well as I speak ha. My husband has made these before, and they were fabulous. Thanks so much for the realistic recipes. They’re easy to follow, and you don’t have to get copious amounts of speciality ingredients like a lot of others I’ve checked out. You’re good people, ma’am! Also, I like your sense of humor! Keep up the great work!!!!!

  28. Just curious, are the pictures of the ribs from the crockpot? They look like they came off the grill (with the caramelization).

  29. At the last minute, I learned we were having my in-laws over for a b-day dinner. Ribs? Great idea! 8 hours/up to 2 days in the fridge? Not an option. I got 2, 3+lb slabs of pork ribs (no beef ribs at the store?!), cut them in half, stuffed them in strong baggies w/ the marinade, & left them in the fridge for about an hour. I turned on the gas grill (high heat) & seared each side about 5 minutes, drizzling some marinade over them for extra smoke & fire. While the grill worked its magic, I made another batch of marinade. I brought in the ribs, stuffed them in the crock pot, poured all the marinade over them, & cooked them on low for 7 hours. About 1/2 way through, I poured in a little vegetable broth. I wish I could post a photo of them. Yes, indeed… OMG eat them!

  30. I have to say: I love your recipes and blog! I stumbled upon you on Facebook and checked out the recipes on your website..I have stopped cooking and enjoying it for weeks now..:-) I’ve been paleo for over a year and good recipes are hard to come by..or they are complicated..not this one..
    Needless to say: these are now in crockpot right now and I am completely excited..everything I’ve tried from this site has been amazing..especially wild mushroom and beef stew..(last weeks adventure) thanks for everything!

  31. Has anyone tried making these in a pressure cooker yet? Just curious as I think I’d like to try it today…

  32. Out of all the pale recipes I have ever made…this one is my 100% all time favorite. I just finished throwing it in the crockpot and thought it deserved a review as Ive made it a few times and can’t rave about it enough. I double the sauce {Because…sauce obviously} and after I cook them in the crockpot I throw them in the over or on the grill with some tin foil to crisp up a bit. I also have only ever used pork spare ribs because my market never has beef ribs. I literally chew on the bones of these. My favorite side dish to go with them is roasted carrots because the sweetness from the carrots goes perfectly with these salty sweet ribs. Dear Lord Jesus these ribs give me life.

  33. My ribs were cooked to perfection and fell right off the bone but were SO bland. They say in the marinade for two days. Had to break paleo code and use bbq sauce because they had no flavor. Embarrassing considering I had guests over to try them. Sucks!!

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