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!

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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)!
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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!

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How to Cook Country-Style Ribs

  1. Pat ribs dry and coat with rib rub.
  2. Cover and bake ribs in a foil-lined pan as per the recipe below, or until they start to get tender.
  3. Remove the ribs from the oven and brush liberally with BBQ sauce.
  4. Cook another hour uncovered until the meat is fork tender.

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What to Serve with Country Style Ribs

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

These BBQ country style ribs are covered with a homemade rub and a delicious barbecue sauce for the perfect entree. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Equipment

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Ingredients  

Rib Rub

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 383.4 | Carbohydrates: 24.59g | Protein: 29.27g | Fat: 18.08g | Saturated Fat: 3.57g | Cholesterol: 109.09mg | Sodium: 956.05mg | Potassium: 633.44mg | Fiber: 1.23g | Sugar: 19.44g | Vitamin A: 748.81IU | Vitamin C: 0.32mg | Calcium: 59.75mg | Iron: 2.18mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. I have never prepared county style ribs that came out so juicy, moist & flavorful. Definitely my go to recipe.5 stars

  2. Barbecue country pork ribs in the oven we’re fantastic!!! I wife even ate an extra rib or two!! Shared with my 84 year old father- in- law who couldn’t quit taking about delicious they were. I added a little local North Carolina mountain honey for the last five minutes on broil. This will be a definite repeat recipe .

  3. I had to make these x3 for my family and everything came out so good! My mom was a little worried that the ribs were not going to be fully cooked because the oven was at 250 but i reassured her i was following the recipe LOL. cooked all three batches at the same time for 2 hours (covered) & 1 hour uncovered. i drained the juice because it was alot. My first time cooking ribs and everyone loved it! Really tender and flavorful. Thanks for the recipe (:5 stars

  4. Hi,

    I have a question. If I want to cook a smaller portion since it’s only for 2 people, like 2 or 2.5 pounds, how long should I be baking them for?

    Thanks!

    1. The baking time will be close to the same Winnie. I’d suggest checking about 15 minutes earlier to make sure.

    1. The first part of cooking tenderizes them which could be done in the slow cooker. The second part adds a nice crust so I would suggest the oven for this part.

  5. Cumin was overwhelming. I’ll try again with a substitute or seriously reduced portion but on this batch, it’s all I can taste.2 stars

    1. Same here. My husband doesn’t like cumin too much so I had to make him something else for dinner. Cumin is waaaaay overpowering.2 stars

  6. Just made these, and OMIGOD!!! Amazing! Perfect amount of spice, super tender. I’m gonna end up in the hospital because I can’t stop eating them. Will it be worth it? Heck yeah! Thank you so much for posting.5 stars

  7. I enjoy your website. You are definitely an excellent cook. I am trying your Country style ribs today. There seems to be a discrepancy it the timing. 15 minutes prep. 3 hours cooking. Total time, 4:15. May I assume it is 3:15 Total time.

    While I really enjoy your website, I often give up as it is very slow to load. I know you survive by the ads on your site, but the way they currently load and change is my guess as to why the website is very slow. Just a guess.

    Thank you for your hard work. We must like the same foods as your site always appears near the top of most of my searches

  8. I have been craving ribs for a couple of weeks now. Trying your recipe out today! I cannot wait to bring a little bit of summer to this Ohio winter!

    1. If there is a lot of liquid, it can be drained off. If you just have a little bit, you can leave it and it will mostly evaporate.

  9. My mom has made an almost identical version of this since I can remember. Now that I’m cooking for my own kids I made this the other night and it was a hit. Thanks5 stars

      1. Hi Holly,
        Thanks for being my go-to site this pandemic crisis for all my recipe dishes so far. I have tried to the recipes for country style ribs and babyback ribs in the oven and they both have been finger-licking-good! So delicious
        Thanks again .5 stars