Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

If you want an easy way to cook country-style ribs, this is your recipe! Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs are melt-in-your mouth tender, and the perfect hands-off recipe for busy days.

bone-in country style ribs coated in bbq sauce on a white platter.

Now this is a stick-to-your-ribs meal! Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs are made with bone-in pork, a few pantry staples, and plenty of bbq sauce.

They’re tender and juicy, and the crockpot does nearly all of the work!

I love these for busy weekends, when I want a special meal but I don’t have much time to make one (my Crockpot Pork Chops are another favorite!).

Along with some Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Garlic Broccoli, it’s a hearty dinner that’s special enough for guests, but a delightful dinner for just your family, too.

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country style ribs in the slow cooker, covered in bbq sauce.

What are country style ribs?

Despite their name, country style ribs are not the actual ribs, but instead are from the shoulder area. They resemble ribs in taste, texture, and look, which is where the “ribs” moniker came from.

You can purchase either bone-in or boneless country style ribs. For this recipe, I used bone-in. But either one will work.

Why cook country style ribs in the slow cooker?

Country style ribs are best for low and slow cooking, which is exactly what a slow cooker does. When cooked at a low heat for a long time, they become very tender and start to fall off the bone.

Ingredients

country style ribs, bbq sauce, onion, and other ingredients on a white table.
  • You can use either boneless or bone-in country style ribs for this. I used bone-in. These are NOT the same as St. Louis ribs or baby back ribs.
  • Paprika and salt season the ribs
  • Onion, apple cider vinegar, and worcestershire sauce add flavor to the bbq sauce.

How to make bone-in country style ribs in the slow cooker

Start by seasoning the ribs with paprika and salt. Get the seasoning on both sides!

Place the ribs on a sheet pan, and roast at 500°F for 8–10 minutes. You need this high heat to get the browning (a.k.a. flavor!) on the ribs.

browned country style ribs on a sheet pan.

(This is after flipping the ribs—the browning occurs on the bottom.)

While the ribs are browning, place the bbq sauce, onion, worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar in the crockpot.

Tip: use your favorite brand/variety of bbq sauce here. I like Stubb’s hickory bourbon.

bbq sauce and diced onion in a slow cooker.

Add the ribs, and stir to coat. Cook on high for 2 hours, then turn to low and cook for another 3–4 hours. The ribs should be very tender and starting to fall off the bone.

country style ribs coated in bbq sauce in a crockpot.

Can I make country style ribs ahead of time?

Country style ribs can easily be made in advance and reheated later. After cooking them, let cool and refrigerate. Reheat them either in the crockpot, the oven, or the microwave.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do country style ribs cook in the crockpot?

Country style ribs should be cooked for 2 hours on high, then turn the crockpot to low and cook for an additional 3–4 hours, or until the ribs are very tender.

Can I sear these on the stovetop?

Yes! Sear them in a large skillet (you will need to do several batches) in hot oil, such as vegetable oil or canola oil.

Are boneless or bone-in country style ribs better?

Either variety works for slow cooking. I like bone-in ribs better, since the bones keep them a little more moist.

When are country style ribs done?

The ribs should be fork-tender and pull away from the bone slightly.

How do I eat country style ribs?

With a fork! You can also pick up the bone-in version like regular ribs.

pile of country style ribs with bbq sauce on a white platter.

What to serve with country style ribs

Here are some side dish ideas!

bone-in country style ribs on a white platter with a small bowl of bbq sauce.

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📖 Recipe

country style ribs coated in bbq sauce on a white platter.

Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

Published by Kate
Your slow cooker can make the most tender, melt-in-your-mouth country style ribs! You just need ribs and a few pantry ingredients.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 420 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3–3½ lbs country-style pork ribs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 bottle (18 oz) bbq sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (smoked or regular)
  • 1 small onion, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 500°F.
  • Pat the ribs dry with paper towels, then season on all sides with the salt. Place the ribs on a sheet pan. Roast for 8–10 minutes, or until the meat is browned on the bottom.
  • Meanwhile, place the bbq sauce, water, worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and chopped onion in a slow cooker. Add the browned ribs, and stir to coat.
  • Cook on high for 2 hours, then turn the slow cooker to low and cook for 3–4 hours. The ribs are done when they are tender and starting to fall off the bone.
  • You can also cook them on low for 8 hours.

Notes

You can make this recipe with either bone-in or boneless country style ribs. I used bone-in. 
These ribs reheat very well. You can reheat them in the slow cooker, in the oven, or in the microwave.
You can freeze any leftover ribs (including the sauce) for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 420kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 29gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1684mgPotassium: 711mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 512IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Wow! These are so good. The meat just fell off the bone and I loved the great BBQ flavor!

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