Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs

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These Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs are one of the best slow cooker recipes of all time.

Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs with white rice on a orange plate.


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It is with a heavy heart that I confess to you how late I was to the Korean BBQ train. Seriously, how I went over 30 years of life without discovering the deliciousness that it is, I will never understand. I’ll blame some of it on my rural upbringing, but OH MY GOODNESS! It’s so tasty!

I discovered that I loved it living near my husband’s last duty station – in the less than glamorous Dover, DE. We always look for new places to try when we move to new places, and we thought we would try out this Korean BBQ/sushi joint that was nearby. I am so glad we did!

We have since moved, and no longer have a good place to get Korean BBQ, so what’s a girl to do? Make her own of course!

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Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs with white rice on a orange plate.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can dump everything directly into the slow cooker, with little prep work at all! I mix my sauce directly in the slow cooker, then add my ribs in – one less bowl to have to wash.

I like to reserve about 1/4 cup of the sauce to pour onto the ribs before I serve it – and I scoop that out before I add the ribs into the slow cooker. This just adds a little flavor boost to the finished dish.

I typically serve this over white rice, but they really go well with almost anything. I have served it with my super simple Parsley Potatoes and Sugar Snap Peas and that makes one heck of a delicious meal.

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4.34 from 36 votes

Slow Cooker Korean BBQ

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 10 minutes
These super simple Korean BBQ inspired short ribs are sure to be a family favorite!
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  • 2-3 lbs Korean style short ribs
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ¾ cup water
  • 4 tbsp rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 ½ tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped


  • Mix together all the ingredients directly into the slow cooker bowl, except the ribs.
  • Once combined, add the ribs.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Serve over rice.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 3356mg | Potassium: 827mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 5.4mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Korean

10 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs”

  1. 1 star
    Avoid this recipe at all costs.
    Itsakeeper way of taking a fairly expensive cut of beef and turning it into a salt packed meal headed for the trash

  2. I have looked high and low at 4 butchers stores in Maple Ridge BC many years ago they said they had a call firm them, but over the years they have not carried them.

    The recipe looks delicious but not NO Japanese short Ribs anywhere to be found any substitute?

  3. I think I am going to use this recipe for my ribs, but, my question is, do you brown the ribs a bit before putting them in the crock pot? I use mine quite a lit and the picture you have shows the meat so browned, more than it would get in the crock pot. I’ve never cooked these kind of ribs before. They are thin, and I see in other recipes that you want to be careful not to overcook.


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