Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Ribs

Lesley Baradel
Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Ribs
Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Ribs

Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Ribs

Don’t be afraid of all of the spices – it comes together quickly and has such a wonderful flavor that you’ll be glad you did!
4.46 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Course Pork, Slow Cooker
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8 servings
Calories 449 kcal


  • slow cooker


  • 4 lb pork loin back ribs
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp anise seeds
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 navel orange


  • Put the ribs in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cut the rack in half if needed to fit inside insert.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the salt, coriander, fennel seeds, cumin, anise seeds, mustard, garlic powder, cinnamon, pepper and cloves. Rub the spice mixture over the ribs then drizzle with honey. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice over the ribs. Place the orange halves in the slow cooker on either side of the ribs.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.


Chef’s Note:
  • Use beef ribs rather than pork if preferred.
  • This recipe makes a ton of yummy ribs. If you do not plan on using them for leftovers during the same week, freeze them. Once you defrost them, you can reheat them in the oven or microwave. If reheating in the oven, cover them with foil and reheat at 300ºF for about 20 minutes.
Make Ahead: Combine the spices the night before or over the weekend and keep in an airtight container.
Nutrition Nugget: You may not believe this, but Lesley decided to eat the rind of the orange after it had cooked in the slow cooker and it was REALLY yummy. Chris, her not so adventurous husband, even like it. Next time, she is putting in two oranges for the extra rind. There is not a nutrition analysis of orange rind but I bet it is packed with fiber.
Adapted from A Year of Slow Cooking


Calories: 449kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 48gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 181mgSodium: 344mgSugar: 5g
Keyword ribs, slow cooker
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Lesley Baradel

We (Lesley and Ann) first met years ago while training for Ironman Wisconsin. Our paths crossed again at Georgia State University while studying to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Over the years, our paths kept crossing and we soon discovered that we shared a love for menu planning. This blossomed into My Menu Pal where we help the food industry up their nutrition game to become their customer's nutrition hero.
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