Slow Cooker Achiote Ribs


It’s time to slow down with ribs slow-cooked in banana leaves. They’re marinated and cooked for hours in a earthy, spicy, citrus blend. Bonus: tequila is involved.


4 lbs pork spareribs
5 tbsp achiote (annatto seeds)
2 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp cloves
½ tbsp whole black peppercorns
½ tsp allspice
2 tsp dried oregano
6 garlic cloves
¾ cup orange juice
¾ cup lime juice
Salt to taste
Banana leaves

In a skillet on medium-low heat, toast all the spices, except the oregano, for about 5 minutes or until fragrant. Allow to slightly cool and transfer to a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Grind into a powder.

In a blender, combine the citrus juices, garlic, oregano, ground spices, and salt.

Cover the ribs with the mixture, and let marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Line a slow-cooker or roasting pan with banana leaves. Place the ribs and marinade inside, and cover with another banana leaf.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. If roasting in an the oven, cook at 325F for 4 hours.

Remove ribs from the slow cooker and transfer to a banana leaf-lined baking sheet. Broil for about 6-8 min, or until the surface is browned.