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Whew!  It’s been awhile since I joined in with Slow Cooking Thursday.  When it was so crazy around here, I just stuck with family favorites and things from the freezer for the crock.  Such a life saver when the schedule is packed!  Head over to Sandra’s for Slow Cooker Thursday and join in the fun!

Sesame Slow Cooker Ribs

Serves 8-10

5 pounds country-style ribs (boneless, pork or beef)

2 medium onions, thinly sliced


1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

3 Tablespoons corn starch **

1/2 cup  gluten free soy sauce

1/2 cup gluten free ketchup

1/4 cup honey

2 Tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground ginger (or one Tablespoon fresh finely minced ginger)

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional and to taste)

When done cooking:

3 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

3 green onions, thinly sliced

Mix brown sugar and corn starch sauce in a bowl (this will eliminate the corn starch from clumping).  Mix the rest of the sauce ingredients into the brown sugar mixture, blending well.  In a 6 quart slow cooker, layer onions and ribs, pouring some sauce on each layer before adding the next.  When all onion and ribs are in the slow cooker, pour the remaining sauce over all.  Put lid on slow cooker.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until pork it cooked through and tender.  Right before serving, sprinkle ribs with sesame seeds and green onions.    Yum!

**If you cannot use corn starch:  At the end of cooking time, remove 1/2 cup of liquid from crock pot and allow to cool.  to do this quickly, you can place the bowl of liquid carefully into a larger bowl with ice water (this is and ice water bath).  After liquid cools, whisk 3 tablespoons arrowroot into the liquid, mixing well.  Add arrowroot mixture back into the crock pot, allowing to cook until the rib sauce has thickened.