Teriyaki Spare Ribs

What do you have planned for dinner tonight?

If you are still up in the air on what to cook, break out the crock pot, gather a few ingredients, run to your butcher to get some spare ribs and make this.  And if you can’t today, make this soon because these are finger licking good!  

Honestly I am not a big fan of ribs, but these are fabulous! When I told Mr. Mother Thyme I was making ribs he was pleasantly surprised since he loves his ribs.  When it comes to cooking ribs, I usually leave that up to him. Over the summer we served his famous ribs at several gatherings and they are always a hit.  He has this process he goes through which starts the night before when he boils the ribs.  Takes some time,  they turn out great.

Being a busy mom during the day, I don’t have time to boil ribs, so when I grabbed a package of ribs out of the freezer I wanted to get these cooking quick.  It was a no brainer that I was popping the spare ribs in the crock pot.  My original intentions were to create a barbecue sauce to cook these in but I had the idea to make these with a teriyaki marinade, and boy am I happy that I did that.  

With a few ingredients I had on hand, I whipped up this simple teriyaki glaze, tossed the spare ribs in the crock pot and eight hours later I had tender and juicy spare ribs that taste amazing! 

If you love ribs, or are cooking for someone that loves ribs, give these a try as I am sure they will be a hit!  

Teriyaki Spare Ribs


3 ½ pounds spare ribs

½ cup soy sauce

⅓ cup hoisin sauce

¼ cup ketchup

3 tablespoons brown sugar

½ teaspoon ground ginger

2 garlic cloves, minced


In a medium bowl mix together all ingredients until smooth.  Place spare ribs in crock pot.  Pour sauce over ribs to and toss to coat.  

Cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours until ribs are tender.  


Occasionally baste the ribs if you can.

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  1. Everything on our blog looks so good I didn’t know which post to look at first! I haven’t had ribs in forever, I think this might be Sunday’s dinner!

  2. Very good, but very salty from the soy sauce. Will have to tweek it alil. But a definite keeper in my family.

  3. These are currently in my crockpot now. 2 hours to go on low. I have been smelling these all day and can’t wait to eat them. I’m not gonna lie… I did sneak a taste and… oh my, succulent sweet and tangy meat that falls right off the bone. I did use sweet chili sauce instead of hoisin, and my ribs had a previous dry rub on them but they still came out AMAZING!!! Can’t wait till the hubby eats this. YUMMY!!!!!

  4. Just wanted you to know this is my go to recipe for ribs now! I’ve made it several times and its by far better than anything my husband does on the grill! So thank you!

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