Slow Cooker Teriyaki Ribs

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These easy teriyaki ribs cook in the slow cooker and then are brushed with teriyaki sauce and broiled. They’re juicy and tender with a delicious caramelized sticky-sauce crust.


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 rack of baby back ribs
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • Optional garnishes: Sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onions


  1. Mix the sugar, ginger, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, white pepper, and cayenne in a small bowl.
  2. Pat the ribs dry with a paper towel. Turn them meat-side down and loosen the sliver skin at one end with a paring knife. Pull the silver skin off the ribs (it should come off in one piece. If it doesn’t, use the knife to loosen it again).
  3. Slice the rack in half and coat both pieces all over with the seasoning rub. Rub it onto the ribs so it sticks.
  4. Place the ribs in the slower cooker. It’s okay if they are overlapping each other. Secure the lid and cook the ribs on low for an hour and a half. Turn them over and then cook them for another hour and a half to two hours or until the internal temperature is 175°F to 185°F.
  5. Once they are cooked, take them out of the slow cooker and place them on a sheet pan lined with foil.
  6. Turn on the oven broiler and brush the ribs with some teriyaki sauce. Broil the ribs for a few minutes (until the sauce is bubbling and caramelized) and then brush more sauce on the ribs and broil them again. Repeat this with the rest of the sauce or until the ribs develop a nice caramelized crust.
  7. Slice the racks between the bones into individual ribs for serving. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.


If you’re making this for dinner, add some sides and you can stretch the recipe to serve four people. Add some rice on the side, a tossed green salad, roasted broccoli, or some crusty toasted bread.

Or, cut the rack into rib pieces and serve them as an appetizer for six to eight people.


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