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Tender + delicious country style pork ribs are finger-licking good! They are perfect for a BBQ, or any night of the week.

Country style pork ribs are a summer staple, but great any time of the year. They are BBQ-perfect, served with a side of Homemade Potato Salad and Grilled Corn on the Cob!

Country style pork ribs served on a white platter.


What Are “Country Style” Ribs?

Country style pork ribs are actually not ribs at all. Instead, they are made by cutting a pork shoulder blade into “rib” size pieces.

Purchase them boneless or bone-in, and each piece has more meat than traditional ribs. With our simple recipe, you will love instantly fall in love with this dinner recipe.

Why we love them:

  • Easy. This country style ribs recipe is easy to prep, the hard part is waiting while you cook it two ways!
  • Flavorful. A great pork shoulder should have a lot of fat marbling throughout the meat, keeping it moist and tender when cooked.
  • All year long. Country style ribs are perfect for a BBQ in the summer, but because they are made in the oven, they are easily served year-round!

I love pairing this main dish with a Twice Baked Potato or Jalapeno Cornbread and Green Beans with Bacon. A little southern, a little southwestern!

Boiling ribs in a dutch oven on the stove.

Ingredients

  • country style pork ribs 2 medium-sized ribs equal one adult serving. A 2-3 pound package works well to feed a family of 4.
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • liquid smoke
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce or your favorite brand.
Boiling ribs in a dutch oven on the stove.

How to Cook Country Style Ribs

  1. BOIL. Add ribs to a large pot and cover with water. Season with Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bring water to a boil and boil for about 50 minutes.
  2. PREP. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  3. SEASON. Once done boiling, place ribs on a foil lined baking sheet and brush with one cup of barbecue sauce. Cover with foil, making sure to tent foil so the barbeque sauce doesn’t stick to the foil.
  4. BAKE. Bake for 1½-2 hours, or until the internal temperature of ribs reaches 160°F. Brush with remaining barbecue sauce and broil for the last few minutes.

Alternative Cooking Methods

  • In the crock pot. I recommend using bone-in country style ribs. Instead of simmering, sear them in a skillet. Add them to a crock pot. Cook on LOW for 8 hours, or on HIGH for 6-7 hours.
  • Grill. Boil ribs, then move them to a hot grill. Baste will BBQ sauce while grilling.
Spreading bbq sauce over country style ribs.

Recipe Tips

  • Tender. Covering in BBQ sauce will help lock in moisture, and keep them from drying out. Producing tender fall-apart ribs takes time. Boling them first helps make them softer and juicier.
  • Trim. If pork ribs have the fat cap attached, easily trim it off before cooking. The fat cap is the thick layer of fat attached to one side of the meat.
  • Seasoning. Adjust the taste of these ribs by changing the flavor of BBQ sauce.
  • Serving suggestions. These ribs go great with anything, but we love pairing them with Easy Coleslaw, Potato Wedges, Wedge Salad, Crescent Roll, or Homemade Potato Salad.

Storing Info

  • Make ahead of time. Make this recipe up to 24 hours in advance. Keep them covered in the fridge, and reheat before serving.
  • STORE. Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 3-4 days. 
  • FREEZE. Place in quart-sized bags and store together, in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating. 
  • To reheat. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place ribs in an oven-safe dish and cover with foil. Heat until warm. If you’re on the go, heat them in the microwave. Cover and heat on 50% power, until warm.
Close up of country style pork ribs garnished with bbq sauce and fresh herbs.

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5 from 16 votes

Country Style Pork Ribs Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Tender + delicious country style pork ribs are finger-licking good! They are perfect for a BBQ, or any night of the week.
Servings: 4 people
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients 

  • pounds country style pork ribs
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • cups Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce

Instructions 

  • Add ribs to a large pot and cover with water. Season with Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bring water to a boil and boil for about 50 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Once done boiling, place ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet and brush with one cup of barbecue sauce. Cover with foil, making sure to tent foil so the barbeque sauce doesn't stick to the foil.
  • Bake for 1½-2 hours or until internal temperature of ribs reached 160°F. Brush with remaining barbecue sauce and broil for the last few minutes.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75pound, Calories: 542kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 136mg, Sodium: 4742mg, Potassium: 883mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 36g, Vitamin A: 259IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 84mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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6 Comments

  1. Please don’t boil ribs, totally unnecessary. Season and wrap in foil with a T of water. They will be fork tender and much more flavorful than the boiled variety. Other than that, this recipe is good to go.

  2. 5 stars
    I was a little leery about boiling them and baking them thinking it may be too much, but the two methods made for tender meat that was easy to get off the bone. Love the flavors as well!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these tonight and the meat just fell off the bone and it was delicious. We all enjoyed how tender they were and delicious!