Country Style Beef Ribs Recipe


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These delicious, tender, melt-in-your-mouth boneless country style beef ribs are packed with flavor and are super easy to make. The homemade spice rub takes the flavor to a whole new level, and then it’s coated in BBQ sauce to make it even more delicious.

Country Style Beef Ribs

These boneless beef country style ribs are so flavorful, tender and simply irresistible. You may even have a hard time sharing them – they’re that good!

The rub for this beef country style ribs recipe is made with brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. A combination of sweet, heat, and savory paired with the beefy flavor of the ribs, makes these boneless ribs a dish you can’t resist. 

These country style beef ribs in oven are slow-cooked at a lower temperature, resulting in juicy and tender meat that’s melt-in-your-mouth tender. It’s then brushed with a smoky BBQ sauce that caramelizes in the oven at the end. 

Whether you’re serving these country style beef ribs for a family dinner, a weekend barbecue, or a special occasion, I guarantee they’ll quickly become a family favorite. 

If you love country style ribs, check out some of our super popular pork country style ribs recipes! Baked country style ribs and slow cooker country style ribs both have over a hundred 5-star reviews.


Sweet and Savory Spice Rub: Light brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes make up this spice rub. It’s the perfect blend of spices that create a perfect balance of flavors to complement the beef ribs.

Country Style Beef Ribs: Country style beef ribs are meaty with a rich flavor. Look for ribs that aren’t overly fatty.

Water and Apple Cider: These two ingredients create steam while the ribs cook, keeping them moist and tender. The apple cider vinegar also helps to tenderize the ribs even more. 

BBQ Sauce: A smoky BBQ sauce is used for this recipe. It caramelizes as the ribs bake, adding a layer of sweet, tangy, and smoky flavor to the ribs.  

The labeled ingredients for country style beef ribs.

How To Make Country Style Beef Ribs

Prepare the Ribs: Start by combining the dry ingredients in a small bowl to create a rub. (See the recipe card below for the full printable instructions.)

Adding the dry seasonings to a small mixing bowl, and then mixing together.

Massage the Rub: Place the ribs in a casserole dish. Sprinkle half of your homemade rub over the ribs and massage it into the meat with your fingers. Flip the ribs and repeat on the other side.

Laying the beef ribs on a lined baking sheet, and then applying the dry rub to all sides.

Add Liquids: Next, pour water and apple cider vinegar into the sides of the dish to avoid washing the rub off the ribs.

Cover the Dish: Cover your dish tightly with aluminum foil to keep the moisture in while the ribs cook.

Bake the Ribs: Place the dish into the preheated oven and bake until the ribs are tender and you can easily twist the meat apart with a fork.

Placing aluminum foil tight over the ribs, and then baking in an oven until tender.

Apply BBQ Sauce: Once your ribs are tender, remove the foil and drain the liquid from the dish. Brush a generous amount of BBQ sauce over the ribs.

Bake Again: Place your sauced ribs back into the oven uncovered. Bake until the sauce has caramelized and has a golden-brown finish.

Draining excess juices, and then brushing all sides with sauce and putting back in the oven.

Serve: Finally, remove your ribs from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes. Feel free to add more BBQ sauce if you like before serving. See the recipe card below for the full written instructions, including ingredient amounts, and helpful tips, etc.

Pro Tips

  • Massage the rub into the ribs. This helps the meat absorb all the delicious flavors.
  • When baking, make sure the dish is tightly covered with aluminum foil. This helps keep the ribs moist and tender.
  • Once done, let the ribs rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in even more flavorful ribs.

What Kind Of Meat Is Country Style Beef Ribs?

Country style beef ribs are a meaty and boneless cut of meat that comes from the chuck or shoulder area of the cow. It’s a fantastic choice for slow cooking methods because the longer they cook, the more tender and flavorful they become.

Are Beef Or Pork Country Style Ribs Better?

This comes down to a personal preference. Country style beef ribs have a very full beefy flavor while country style pork ribs have a milder sweeter flavor. Both cuts are lean, meaty, and incredibly tender when slow cooked. 

A pile of oven baked ribs with red pepper flakes throughout.

Do You Cook Ribs Fast Or Slow?

Slow is the way to go when it comes to cooking ribs. This allows the meat to become tender and absorb all the flavors from the rub and sauce.

What Temp Should Country Style Beef Ribs Be Cooked To?

These ribs will need to reach an internal temperature between 185-200F for them to become tender. It’s always best to use a meat thermometer to check the temperature to be safe.

How Do You Know When Country Style Ribs Are Done?

Your country style ribs are done when they are tender enough to easily pull apart with a fork. They should also have a beautiful, caramelized exterior from the BBQ sauce and read at least 175F internally on a meat thermometer (though closer to 185-200F will yield more tender results).

A side image of tender beef ribs garnished with fresh parsley.

What’s The Difference Between Country-Style Ribs And Regular Ribs?

Country style ribs are a boneless rib, cut from the shoulder area of the cow, where regular ribs are taken from the rib section. Country style ribs are meatier and more flavorful, making them perfect for slow cooking.

What Is Another Name For Country-Style Ribs?

Country-style ribs are sometimes referred to as beef chuck western style ribs or shoulder ribs. Regardless of the name used, these slow cooked ribs are tender and delicious!

Why Are My Beef Ribs Tough?

If your beef ribs are turning out tough, it’s probably because they haven’t been cooked long enough. Ribs need time to slow cook so the connective tissues can break down. 

Are Country-Style Ribs Always Pork?

No, country style ribs can be both beef or pork. The type of meat used depends on personal preference.

An overhead image of beef ribs on a plate over a napkin.

Are Country-Style Ribs Cheap?

Country style ribs are super affordable and way meatier than regular ribs. This makes them a great choice if you’re looking to serve a delicious, hearty, comforting meal on a budget.

What Should I Serve With These Ribs?

These ribs pair well with so many things. You could try them with a simple green salad, vinegar coleslaw, corn on the cob, baked Velveeta mac and cheese, some mashed potatoes without milk, or even some grilled vegetables. 

Can I Use A Different Kind Of Vinegar?

While apple cider vinegar adds a nice tangy note, you could also use white vinegar or even red wine vinegar. Remember, each type of vinegar will add its own unique flavor to the ribs, but I definitely recommend using it to help tenderize the ribs while they’re cooking. 

How Do I Store Leftover Ribs?

Leftover ribs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place them in a preheated oven until warmed through. You can also freeze the ribs for up to 3 months. Just make sure to thaw them in the fridge overnight before reheating.

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Yield: 6 servings

BEST Country Style Beef Ribs Recipe

The best country style beef ribs recipe.

These delicious, tender, melt-in-your-mouth boneless country style beef ribs are packed with flavor and are super easy to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 pounds country style beef ribs
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I used a smoky BBQ sauce)


  1. Preheat the oven to 300F. 
  2. To a small bowl, add the brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, onion powder, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix together, then set aside.
  3. To a 9x13 casserole dish, add the beef ribs in a single layer, then sprinkle half the rub over the ribs on all sides. Massage then rub into the ribs with your fingers. Flip the ribs over and repeat on the other side.
  4. Pour the water and apple cider vinegar into the dish (not directly on the ribs to avoid rinsing the rub off). Tightly cover the dish with aluminum foil. 
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours. After 2 hours, remove the ribs from the oven and check for tenderness by twisting the meat using a fork - it should twist apart easily. If the ribs still aren't tender yet, cover and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Once tender, turn the oven temperature down to 275F,  remove the foil, and drain away the liquid. 
  6. Generously brush the ribs with BBQ sauce, then place back into the oven, uncovered, for another 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven, brush with more BBQ sauce (if desired), and serve.


*This chili powder is a spice blend sold in the US and Canada that’s much more mild than the pure chili powder sold in the UK and other parts of the world.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 733Total Fat: 33.2gCarbohydrates: 25.6gFiber: 1gSugar: 20.4gProtein: 83.3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


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The best country style beef ribs recipe.

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