Sweet Sour Slow Cooker Spareribs

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Featured in the October 2017 Hookui.



Sweet Sour Slow Cooker Spareribs

  • 3 pounds pork spareribs, cut into serving-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup shoyu
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch, to thicken
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 small daikon radish, chunked (optional)
  • 1 (8.25 ounce) can pineapple chunks, juices drained


  1. Combine all ingredients except for optional daikon and pineapple in a 5-6 quart slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
  2. Add daikon and stir into sauce.
  3. Top with pineapple.
  4. Cook for another 1-2 hours on low.
  5. Serve with hot rice.

Makes 6 servings.


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Doubled recipe but cut sugar to 1-1/2 cups, excluded daikon and cooked 40 minutes in Instant Pot.

by ANONYMOUS on 3/1/2022

So easy and ONO! My kind of recipe. ????

by Hoku on 12/28/2020

Super easy and yummy! Great balance of flavor...not too sweet, not too sour, just right. Love this recipe because you can set it and forget it. Used frozen spare ribs with our Instant Pot (pressure cooked on high for 40 minutes), and it was super quick and delicious. Will definitely make this again.

by ANONYMOUS on 4/30/2020