Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs

If only you could smell this through your computer screen! This is a favorite of mine because it is so easy, makes the house smell amazing, and incorporates new and interesting ingredients I wouldn’t normally think to combine. To make it strict paleo, substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce.


1 1/2 tsp Asian 5-spice powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 onion peeled and quartered

5 cloves garlic, mashed

3 pounds short beef ribs, preferably grass fed

1/3 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos

1 T honey


  1. In a small bowl, combine the 5-spice powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  2. Place the onion and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Put the ribs on top of the onion and coat them evenly with the spice mixture. Keeping the ribs on top of the onions helps to keep them out of the juices and fat that will collect at the bottom during cooking.
  4. Turn slow cooker to LOW and cook for 9 to 10 hours. (No need to add any water or liquid before starting.)

I like to serve this over regular rice or cauliflower rice, and complement the meal with roasted carrots and bok choy. So delicious!