five spice powder
fresh ginger root, finely chopped
cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
country ribs, cut into individual ribs
1In a 3-1/2 quart slow cooker, combine ketchup, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, five-spice powder, onion, ginger and garlic.
2Position a broiler rack 6 inches from the source of the heat and preheat the broiler.
3Broil the ribs, turning once, until browned. About 10 minutes.
4Transfer the ribs to the slow cooker.
5Stir to coat the ribs with the sauce.
6Cover and slow cook until ribs are tender.
7About 5-6 hours at 200 degrees (low).
8Transfer the ribs to a platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
9Skim the fat from the surface of the sauce.
10In a medium saucepan bring the sauce to a simmer over a medium heat.
11Cook until reduced to about 1 cup, 6-8 minutes.
12Stir in the cornstarch mixture and cook just until thickened.
13Pour the sauce over ribs and serve immediately with hot cooked rice.