Craving something that’s as comforting as it is easy?
Get ready to fall in love with Country Style Ribs. These tender ribs are oven-baked until buttery tender with savory spices, and smothered in a rich and tangy barbecue sauce!
Whether you’re serving it up for a laid-back family dinner or showcasing it at your next barbecue, it’s a showstopper for sure!
What are Country Style Ribs?
- This dish brings together the comfort of home-cooking and the savory flavors of barbecue.
- Country style pork ribs come from the shoulder area of the pig making them super tender and budget friendly.
- The recipe produces generous servings, ensuring there’s plenty to go around (or save for later)!
Ingredients and Variations
Country Style Ribs – Country style pork ribs are packed with flavor. They contain a mixture of light and dark meat meaning that they have lots of flavor. You can find them boneless or bone-in, either will work in this recipe.
Rib Rub – This rub recipe is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and savory! Feel free to switch out the brown sugar for maple syrup or honey, if you like. Add your own favorite herbs and spices like onion powder and garlic powder.
BBQ Sauce – Use your favorite BBQ sauce, my favorite pre-made sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s but to take it to the next level, mix half and half with Heinz chili sauce. If you have enough time, make homemade BBQ sauce for even better flavor!
How to Cook Country-Style Ribs
- Pat ribs dry and coat with rib rub.
- Cover and bake ribs in a foil-lined pan as per the recipe below, or until they start to get tender.
- Remove the ribs from the oven and brush liberally with BBQ sauce.
- Cook another hour uncovered until the meat is fork tender.
Tips for Tender Country Style Ribs
- Add sliced onions to the pan on top of the ribs for extra flavor.
- If you check the ribs and they aren’t tender, cook them a little longer. Ribs need more time if they’re tough.
- Cook country-style pork ribs very low and slow to break down the connective tissues and make tender ribs.
How to Store Leftovers
Keep leftover country-style ribs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat them in the microwave or add chunks to a soup, stir fry, or make BBQ sandwiches for workdays! Freeze ribs in zippered bags for up to one month.
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BBQ Country Style Ribs
- 4 pounds country style ribs
- 1 ½-2 cups barbecue sauce
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar packed
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes crushed
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
- In a small bowl whisk together chili powder, brown sugar, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
- Place the ribs on the prepared pan and rub all sides with the rub mixture. Cover tightly with foil. Cook for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Open the foil and check the ribs with a fork, they should be slightly tender. If they are still tough, cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and drain some of the juices if your ribs have a lot of juice. Generously brush the ribs with barbecue sauce.
- Place the pan back into the oven and cook uncovered for an additional 45 to 60 minutes or until the ribs are very tender.
- If desired, turn your oven on to broil and broil the ribs for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly charred.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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