Boneless Country Style Pork Ribs are smothered in a smoky sweet marinade and cooked low and slow in the slow cooker until they’re perfectly fork tender.
Country Style Ribs
These country style ribs are so tender that they just melt in your mouth. The sauce has a little bit of sweetness, a little bit of heat, and the smoky flavor just pops and rounds out the flavor of the marinade.
Heating the remaining BBQ sauce before you coat the ribs in it makes it a sticky mess that you’ll want in your life. On top of that, cooking it low and slow in the slow cooker really works magic on this cut of meat.
It’s so easy to throw together in the morning, and it’s awesome knowing you have all that deliciousness waiting for you later. Try serving it with your favorite pasta salad (like this chicken macaroni salad) or potato salad (like this loaded baked potato salad). Save the leftovers to use anywhere you would normally use pulled pork!
For the spice blend you’ll need brown sugar, chili powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. You’ll also need smoky BBQ sauce, country style ribs, and onions.
How To Make Boneless Country Style Ribs In Crock Pot
We’re going to start out by making our own spice blend for these boneless ribs. Mix that with half of the BBQ sauce to make a marinade to rub all over the ribs.
Grease the inside of the crock pot with spray oil, then layer the onions and the coated ribs. Cover and cook the ribs until they’re fork tender. See the recipe card below for the full written instructions, including ingredient amounts, cooking times, and helpful tips, etc.
What Cut Of Meat Is Country Style Ribs?
Country-style ribs aren’t actually ribs! This cut of pork actually comes from the shoulder area of the pig. It’s a muscular part at the end of the loin that is fatty, which is what makes it a perfect candidate for cooking low and slow.
They’re thick and are normally about half a pound each. Another difference is that you wouldn’t normally eat them with your hands (like you would with other ribs).
Why Are They Called Country Style Ribs?
The name can be a little confusing, but they got their name because the flavor and consistency of this cut of meat is similar to standard ribs once it’s finished cooking. Depending on where you are, these can also be called Western ribs.
Are Country Style Ribs Tough?
This is a cut of meat that really needs to be cooked low and slow. As long as you cook them that way, they’ll turn out tender. If you cook them quickly at a high heat, this cut of meat will be tough.
Does Cooking Ribs Longer Make Them More Tender?
Assuming you’re cooking them at a low temperature, yes, the longer you cook the ribs the more tender they will be.
Can You Slow Cook Ribs Too Long?
It’s technically possible, but you run very little risk of that. That’s what is so amazing about cooking these on low in the slow cooker – you can cook them for a very long time without them drying out or overcooking.
I like to use a smoky barbecue sauce in this recipe because it adds a little bit of the grilled flavor, but Sweet Baby Ray’s is another popular choice. Feel free to use your favorite BBQ sauce here.
Some people even like to make their own apple cider vinegar BBQ sauce for these ribs! You could also add some liquid smoke to really increase the smoky flavor, just keep in mind that it’s a potent ingredient and that it’s easy to overdo it.
You could also try cooking it with potatoes or sauerkraut, or you could go for a totally different flavor and use teriyaki sauce instead of BBQ sauce.
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- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons chili powder *
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup smoky BBQ sauce (divided, plus extra for dipping)
- 4 pounds Country Style Ribs
- 2 medium yellow onions (sliced)
- Fresh diced parsley (option, for garnish)
- Lightly grease the crock pot with cooking spray and add the onions to the bottom of the pot.
- In a medium bowl, add 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce to the spices. Mix together to make a glaze, and brush it evenly over the ribs covering them on all sides.
- Place the ribs over top of the onion bed and cover the slow cooker with a lid.
- Cook the ribs on LOW for 6 - 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 - 4 hours (the low setting is preferable for this cut of meat, and I would recommend cooking it on low if it’s at all possible with your available time). Check to see how they are doing at the lower time. Ribs should read an internal temperature of 170 F on an instant read meat thermometer, and should be pull apart tender.
- When the ribs are done, heat up the rest of the BBQ sauce in a skillet over medium-low heat and gently toss the ribs and onions in the sauce. Plate, then garnish with parsley and serve.
*This is a spice blend sold in the USA and Canada, it’s not the same thing as chili powder sold in the UK and other parts of the world (where it’s just pure ground chilis).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 775Total Fat: 31.4gCarbohydrates: 29.7gFiber: 2gSugar: 21.7gProtein: 88.7g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate. This was calculated assuming 6 servings and assuming that visible fat was not eaten.
This is the best recipe to make country style pork ribs super tender! The spice blend is perfectly smoky and sweet, and it’s guaranteed to be a family favorite.