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Tangerine Sticky Ribs

You'll love the flavor combination of these Slow Cooker Style, Tangerine Sticky Ribs!  Bursting with flavor and fall off the bone tender.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baby back rib recipe, slow cooker ribs, sticky ribs
Servings: 4
Calories: 477kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley


  • 3 pounds rack baby back pork ribs
  • 2 tangerines coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup tangerine juice
  • 1 cup orange blossom honey
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove large garlic coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tangerine zest
  • 1 knob fresh ginger peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or your favorite chili pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tangerine peel for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley or cilantro for ganish


  • Cut baby back ribs into portions that will fit into your slow cooker.
  • Add the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, peppercorns and tangerine zest to the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Place ribs on top of seasonings
  • Add tangerine juice, honey, hoisin, chili pepper sauce and five spice powder to slow cooker pouring over ribs. Don't worry it will all come together.
  • Set timer for 4 hours on fast or 6-7 hours on slow. Ribs should be cooked till tender, not falling off the bone.
  • Remove liquid from slow cooker when the time goes off and place in a small saucepan.
  • Allow liquid to reduce by half, or until nicely thickened. You want the sauce to seriously cling to the ribs.
  • Brush generous amounts of sauce on ribs, serve and enjoy!
  • * you can place them in the broiler for a few minutes if you like, but I don't think they need it.


Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 85g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 33.7mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.3mg