Crockpot Asian Inspired Ribs with Ginger BBQ Sauce and Spicy Sauerkraut



  • 1 oz Canola oil
  • 1 cup Onion - julienned
  • 3 Cloves Garlic - finely chopped
  • 2 Star anise
  • 2 Tb. Fresh ginger - peeled & finely chopped
  • 2 Fresh bay leaf
  • 1 tsp Ground black cardamon
  • 1 (Spicy) Gnar Gnar Kraut
  • 1/2 tsp Ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1 16 oz Bottle of Belgian style ale - we used Hitachino white ale
  • 1 1/2 -2 lbs. Baby back ribs - silver removed and cut in half to fit the pot
  • Ginger BBQ Sauce
  • 10 oz. Crushed tomato
  • 2 Tb. Tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup Rice wine vinegar 1/3 cup Molasses
  • 1/2 cup Tamari
  • 3/4 cup Yellow Onion - minced
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tb. Fresh ginger - peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic - chopped



  • Set your pressure cooker @crockpot to Brown/ Sear and when it says hot, add the vegetable oil, wait a few seconds.
  • Season ribs: with salt and pepper
  • Sear ribs: meat side down in a single layer. Transfer them to a platter.
  • Change @crockpot settings to Sauté: Add the onions, garlic, ginger, bayleaf, anise pepper, cardamom and coriander and sauté until translucent.
  • Add ingredients: Add Gnar Gnar sauerkraut and ribs to the pot making sure the ribs are covered by the sauerkraut.
  • Pour in your beer and bring to a simmer.
  • Put the lid on the @crockpot and set the knob to sealing.
  • Press the Cancel/Keep Warm button to cancel the sauté mode.
  • Press the Pressure Cook (or Manual) button or dial, make sure it is set to high pressure, and use the +/- button or dial to adjust the time to 60 minutes.
  • After the cooking cycle ends, press the Cancel button to turn off the pot, and wait 10 minutes (NPR - Natural Pressure Release).
  • Release the rest of the pressure manually .
  • Give it a good stir. Once done the rib meat should pull away from the bone with relative ease. Be sure to remove and discard the bayleaf and star anise after cooking.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions, Enjoy!


  • Sauté: onion, garlic and ginger in a saucepan over medium heat for one minute.
  • Add: tomato paste and continue to cook until the onions are translucent stirring often to prevent the tomato paste from burning.
  • Combine: the crushed tomato,molasses, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar in the sauce pot.
  • Whisk: until well incorporated. When the sauce comes to a simmer, turn the heat to medium-low and keep at a very low simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Check and stir periodically.
  • Remove: the sauce from the heat and let cool before transferring to a blender.
  • Blend: until smooth starting with a low speed and the moving to a higher speed. Be sure to allow the steam heat to escape from your sauce as you blend. Removing the cap from the blender top should help.


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