Country Style Ribs are perfect for when the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor grilling! I almost always bake ribs in the oven and these are no exception. With lots of flavor from a homemade rub these are covered in barbecue sauce for the perfect entree.
Serve with a classic baked beans recipe and a delicious potato salad for the perfect family gathering or game-day potluck! You’ll be making this recipe indoors or out, all-year-round!
What are Country Style Ribs?
Baked to perfection, country-style ribs come from the shoulder portion of the pig (more info on types of ribs at pork.org). This makes them fattier, easier to prepare and cook, and more economical because they are all meat!
Thet make for great next-day work sandwiches! Just pop them into a hoagie roll with a little mustard or shredded lettuce or coleslaw and you are good to go!
How Long to Bake Them
Once the country style ribs are prepped and sauced, cover with foil and bake about 90 minutes, or until tender and easy to cut. The low slow temperature allows the fats and connective tissues to break down, similar to how you’d cook a pork shoulder for pulled pork).
We then add sauce and let them cook a bit more to allow the sauce to caramelize and flavor the ribs.
Storing Extra BBQ Rub
If you have extra BBQ rub, store it in an airtight container or jar and keep it in the fridge. Feel free to use it on chicken, pork, mix it into a meatball recipe or even sprinkle on baked potatoes or boiled corn-on-the-cob! It goes with everything!
There are many pre-prepared BBQ sauces on the market; from sweet to savory to spicy. Don’t be afraid to use more than one sauce, or try a homemade barbecue sauce, if you are cooking for a crowd and want to offer different flavor profiles! The rub can stand alone as well!
What to Serve with Country Style Ribs
A hearty entrée deserves hearty side dishes! Potato or macaroni salad, baked potatoes, corn-on-the-cob and thick slices of garlic bread are perfect additions for country style ribs! A pitcher of lemonade and some homemade vanilla ice cream make this a dinner to remember!
Delicious Rib Recipes
- Barbecue Ribs in the Oven – perfectly tender every time
- Melt in Your Mouth BBQ Ribs! – 10 mins prep
- Instant Pot Ribs – ready in an hour!
- Crock Pot Ribs – just 5 simple ingredients
BBQ Country Style Ribs
- 4 pounds country style ribs
- 1 ½-2 cups BBQ 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 oven to 250°F and place ribs on a rimmed baking sheet (I line with foil for easy cleanup).
- In a small bowl whisk together rib rub ingredients.
- Coat the ribs in the seasoning and cover tightly with foil. Cook for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until the ribs just start to feel tender.
- Remove from the oven and liberally baste the ribs with bbq sauce. Cook for another 45 mins to 1 hour uncovered until fork tender.
- If desired, turn your oven onto the broil setting and let the bbq sauce on the ribs bubble and lightly brown.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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How long do you broil? Do you broil on low or high If you broil do you skip the step on cooking 45 min
I broil on high for about 3-5 minutes to brown. You will still need to cook 45min.
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 .
Is this recipe for boneless style country ribs?
They are not boneless but boneless should work just fine too. Let us know how it goes.
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 (:
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?
The baking time will be close to the same Winnie. I’d suggest checking about 15 minutes earlier to make sure.
Can these be cooked in the crock pot?
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.
Cumin was overwhelming. I’ll try again with a substitute or seriously reduced portion but on this batch, it’s all I can taste.
Same here. My husband doesn’t like cumin too much so I had to make him something else for dinner. Cumin is waaaaay overpowering.
After basting do You recover with foil or leave uncovered?
They are cooked uncovered in step 4. Enjoy!
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.
Everything made easy
Look great keep up the good work
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
Thanks for catching that Mike! I hope you enjoyed these delicious ribs!
Very delicious just made it
Thanks Ernest, glad you enjoyed it!
Looks super delicious! Have you tried with Rum?
We have not but that sounds delicious Taylor!
Why does this say 4 hours cook time? I’m only seeing 3 hours – 2 hours under foil and 1 hour after basting. What did I miss?
Apologies for the confusion Phyllis, the total cook time should read 3 hours. I have updated it.
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!
When you uncover them do you drain the juice off of them or leave the juice in the pan?
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.
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. Thanks
Could these be made with baby back ribs and would cooking time be the same?
I use this oven baked recipe for baby back ribs. Enjoy!
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 .