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Country Style Pork Ribs Slow Cooker

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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!

A close up image of fall apart tender country style ribs.

Ingredients

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.

A process collage showing greasing the slow cooker, adding onions, and what the country style ribs look like when they're finished cooking.

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).

A close up image of country style pork 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.

A plate filled with country style 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.

An overhead image of country style pork ribs in the slow cooker.

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.

A side image of pull apart tender western style pork ribs.

Optional Adaptations

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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Yield: 4 large or 6 small servings

BEST Country Style Pork Ribs Slow Cooker

The best country style pork ribs in the slow cooker recipe.

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.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 6 quart crock pot with cooking spray and add the onions to the bottom of the pot.
  2. 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.
  3. Place the ribs over top of the onion bed and cover the slow cooker with a lid.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Notes

*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).

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1/6

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.

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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.

The best country style pork ribs in the slow cooker recipe.

32 thoughts on “Country Style Pork Ribs Slow Cooker”

  1. I made this last night and received many compliments from dinner guests and hubby, who all went back for seconds. I omitted the red pepper flakes as I knew one of my guests didn’t care for spicy food. I cooked the 4+ pounds on low for 9 hours until all pieces were fork tender. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe, which will certainly be saved/used again.

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    • Hi Sally, I’m so happy to hear that you and your dinner guests enjoyed the country style ribs so much! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback, I really appreciate it. -Alexa

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  2. Tues. Nov. 2021
    I saw the recipe and I’m currently cooking it right now in my slow cooker and I’m excited about how it’s going to taste. My kitchen is smelling so good with the spices in the air.

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  3. Made this recipe last night – my first time making boneless country-style ribs. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly – ended up omitting the red pepper flakes and chili powder since I did not have either, and used sweet Hungarian paprika instead of smoked (also eyeballed and tasted rather than doing exact measurements – but that’s just how I roll when cooking LOL). Cooked in the crock pot on low for 8 hours. They turned out amazing! Will definitely be making them again. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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    • Hi Erika, So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe and that your adaptations worked well! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback. -Alexa

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  4. I just put my boneless ribs in the Crock-Pot by your recipe, and I’m so excited to taste the finished product. Every time I make any kind of pork, it always comes out too dry and chewy. Reading these reviews though, I’ve got some great expectations! 🤗💖 Thanks

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    • Hi Diane, I haven’t tested this recipe with only one pound of ribs, so I can’t say for sure. If you try it, please let me know what worked for you! -Alexa

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      • I’ve had 4lbs boneless ribs cooking on low for almost 6 hours they seem a little dry? Followed exact repice. My ribs aren’t real thick, any suggestions

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        • Hi Linda, I’d imagine that it was because your ribs were a little bit on the smaller side. Sorry to hear that your ribs turned out a little dry! Next time I’d look for a thicker cut, or cook them for a bit less time. -Alexa

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  5. I am making this for Mother’s Day. It smells delicious. I know that the family will enjoy. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  6. What is the liquid in the crock pot featured in your photo? Recipe makes it sound like there is none. It is the rest of the bbq glaze that you coated the ribs with?

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    • Hi Jennifer, There’s no additional liquid or ingredients that aren’t mentioned in the recipe card. That photo is just of what the ribs looked like in the slow cooker when they finished cooking. Hope that helps! -Alexa

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    • Hi Laura, I haven’t tested this recipe with potatoes, so I can’t say for sure how that would turn out/when they should be added. If you try it, please let me know how it goes! -Alexa

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    • Hi Paula, I haven’t tested this recipe with beef ribs. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out! -Alexa

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    • Hi Laura, I’d serve this with anything you’d normally serve bone-in ribs with. Things like potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread, and corn are what I would serve it with. Hope that helps! -Alexa

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