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Turmeric Slow Cooker Thai Pork Ribs with Pineapple Slaw

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This slow cooker thai pork recipe is so flavorful and fresh! Fall-off the bone turmeric pork ribs are paired with a fresh and flavorful Pineapple slaw. This recipe is so easy yet will have everyone who eats it begging for more!


Thai Pork Ribs with Pineapple Slaw



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Sometimes when I imagine dinner I have these grand plans of carefully crafted healthy, gorgeous, painters-worthy meals, but then when it comes down to actually making dinner – moving beyond the “tried and true” meal is hard to do.  Dinner time ruts are hard to get past – and for good reason. When you get home at dinner time and you have a gaggle of hungry mouths to feed, its hard to move outside of your comfort zone to try something new. What if it takes too long to make? What if no one likes it?




This slow cooker pork rib recipe is one of my new favorites –

  • 5 minutes to dump everything in the crock pot + 15 minutes before you eat =  a 20 minute meal!
  • It is full of fresh and flavorful ingredients, but its totally kid friendly at the same time!
  • It makes amazingly flavorful and fall-off-the-bone tender ribs

Using a pre-packaged rainbow broccoli slaw mix totally cuts down on the prep-time here, plus its a great way to add lots of veggies into a meal. Go ahead and serve a big spoonful of this beside your ribs. Plus the flavors here are amazing – bright and complex – but it isn’t anything overly spicy or weird for kiddos.




Adding these easy to make Turmeric Pork Ribs is a great way to add a delicious and weeknight friendly dinner to your meal rotation to help get you out of that “chicken for dinner every night” dinner rut!  Thanks again to Iowa Pork for sponsoring this post! Head on over to their facebook page for tons of awesome recipe inspiration and great information!


These pork ribs would also be amazing with a small bowl of this Spiced Coconut Potato Soup on the side!

Yield: 4 Servings

Slow Cooker Thai Turmeric Pork Ribs with Pineapple Slaw

Slow Cooker Thai Turmeric Pork Ribs with Pineapple Slaw

These Slow Cooker Turmeric Pork Ribs are amazingly easy to prepare, and yet they are fall-off-the-bone tender and packed with flavor. Top it off with a fresh and vibrant Pineapple Slaw and rice and you have an easy, healthy, and delicious family meal.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes



  • 14 oz crushed pineapple,
  • 1/4 cup tamarind paste
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 4 TBSP brown sugar
  • 2 tsp 5 spice powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 TBSP ground Turmeric
  • 1 " piece Ginger, minced
  • 1 Lemongrass stalk
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 3 lb bone in pork ribs

**Pineapple Slaw

  • 2 TBSP chopped Mint
  • 2 TBSP chopped Cilantro
  • 2 cups Broccoli slaw mix
  • 1/2 Cucumber, sliced into matchsticks
  • 2 Green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TBSP lime juice
  • 1 TBSP pineapple juice


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the crushed pineapple, tamarind paste, minced garlic, minced ginger, minced shallot, brown sugar, 5 spice powder, chili powder and turmeric. Pour half of this into the bottom of the crock pot.
  2. Place the ribs into your crock pot (you might need to cut them into 2-4 pieces to fit in – just slide a knife between two bones and allow it to follow the curve. As long as it fits in your crock pot, its fine!
  3. Pour the remaining sauce on the top of the ribs and throw in the star anise and lemongrass stalk.
  4. Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on low for 7 hours.
  5. Preheat your broiler to high with the rack about 10″ from the heat source and allow to heat up while you mix the pineapple slaw.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the honey, apple cider vinegar, lime juice and pineapple juice. Set aside.
  7. In a large bowl, add the mint, cilantro, broccoli slaw, cucumber, green onion and pineapple.
  8. Drizze the dressing over the slaw, season with salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly.
  9. Set aside while you finish the ribs.
  10. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with tin foil (seriously, don’t skip this step!)
  11. Carefully place the ribs onto the cookie sheet bone side up (the ribs will look really saucy and be very tender, so be careful!)
  12. Broil for 4 minutes.
  13. Carefully turn the ribs over so the rib side is down and broil for an additional 9 minutes.
  14. Remove from oven and serve with rice and pineapple slaw.
  15. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1507 Total Fat: 106g Saturated Fat: 32g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 47g Cholesterol: 357mg Sodium: 460mg Carbohydrates: 70g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 49g Protein: 75g


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  • Reply
    January 13, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    Wow. That looks sooo good!

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    Kara @ Byte Sized Nutrition
    January 13, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    I’ve been obsessed with Thai flavors lately! And that pineapple slaw.. oh my goodness, so colorful and fresh! Looks like the perfect pairing.

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    January 13, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    Love how fast this is to put together and that pineapple slaw looks so fresh and delicious!

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    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    January 13, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    You’ve got a ton of flavor going on in this dish — and I love that it can be made in the slow cooker! Great recipe!

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    Matt @ Plating Pixels
    January 13, 2017 at 10:13 PM

    Wow so many flavors going on! Been looking for more ways to cook with turmeric so this is great!

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    Veena Azmanov
    January 13, 2017 at 10:32 PM

    This looks so summery and delicious. Just looking at the exotic ingredients I can tell that this tasted delish. I love pineapple and this sounds so yum…

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    January 14, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    I love how a simple and quick broil after makes it so browned! It’s a pain to brown meat before you slow cook it and i hate it when slow cookers dinners come out all pasty looking and gross.

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    Kristen Chidsey
    January 17, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Jenni, I think I could LIVE on that pineapple slaw. WOW! Love it!

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    Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
    January 19, 2017 at 3:58 AM

    These look so flavorful! Yum!

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    Megan @ MegUnprocessed
    January 20, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    The main dish sounds flavorful but you had me at pineapple slaw!

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    January 22, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Yum! I love the slaw on top of this. Perfect for a dreary winter day to brighten things up.

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    Sasha @ Eat Love Eat
    January 24, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    What delicious flavours! Love the slaw!

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    July 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Such a great way to use turmeric! And the slow cooker is so handy in the summer when I don’t want to heat the oven!

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    Rebecca Hubbell
    July 12, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    The pineapple slaw is so light and refreshing and pairs perfectly with the seasoning on the pork! So yummy!

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    July 12, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    I agree. It is hard to get out of a dinner rut. But I think I could get out of my pasta and potato rut that I am in with this meal! Love using my slow cooker, especially in the summer when I want to get out of the house and DON’T want to hang around the stove all day.

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    Pearl Rodrigues
    July 13, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Pork and pineapple slaw sounds perfect. The pork looks so tender and full of flavor. This is one meal my family would love so I’m definitely making this for dinner one of these days

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    July 13, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Wow so many amazing flavours in this dish!! And LOVE that it’s made in the slow cooker, soo convenient!

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    July 15, 2018 at 12:35 AM

    This looks so amazingly good! I like your tip about using a prepackaged slaw mix. I do that all the time. The kale and broccoli slaw mix from Trader Joe’s is my go to. Also, weird question, what font do you use?

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    Kiki Johnson
    July 15, 2018 at 3:41 AM

    This dish is perfection! I love the spices you use for the pork and the pineapple slaw is perfect to counterbalance the spicy, flavourful pork with some sweetness and freshness!

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    Sri Mallya
    July 15, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Such a good way to use turmeric. So many flavors in the dish. Looks so good.

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    Annr Lawton
    July 15, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    I love slow cooker meals but have never thought to make ribs in my slow cooker. Thanks for the suggestion, and I hope to try this out soon!

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    July 16, 2018 at 12:33 AM

    Tumeric with the pineapple slaw is such a good combo. I bet that slaw is good on so many things and so flavorful and fresh!

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    July 16, 2018 at 2:13 AM

    I love pork and fruit combinations and these pork ribs with pineapple slaw are something I would definitely love. Can’t wait to try this.

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    Jessica Knott (swanky recipes)
    July 16, 2018 at 3:56 AM

    I’ve been visiting family and friends back home for the past month and next week I return home. I can’t wait to make this recipe with the hubs as I know he’ll be all over these Thai ribs!

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    July 16, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    I love Thai food and these ribs have me drooling! Beautifully seasoned and that pineapple slaw is so refreshing and perfect to pair with these ribs… gorgeous!

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    Cooky Mom
    August 27, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    That pineapple slaw looks so good I’d almost think you could just eat it by itself!

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