|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 58g||75%|
|Saturated Fat 20g||101%|
|Total Carbohydrate 43g||16%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 36g|
|Vitamin C 10mg||48%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Boneless country-style pork ribs are an excellent choice for the slow cooker, and your favorite barbecue sauce, along with a little apple juice and garlic, make these ribs even more flavorful. In this recipe, the country-style ribs are slow-cooked with brown sugar, onions, apple juice, garlic, and other seasonings, and then they're finished with store-bought barbecue sauce; feel free to use your favorite.
Contrary to their name, country-style ribs don't necessarily come from the ribs of the pig. They are generally cut from the sirloin or rib end of the loin, but they might also come from the shoulder. They are a budget-friendly cut and benefit from slow cooking.
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1 tablespoon canola oil or other neutral oil, for greasing
3 to 4 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
1 large onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider
1 (16-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce, or about 1 1/2 cups homemade bbq sauce
Gather the ingredients.
Using the canola oil, lightly grease the crockery insert of a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker.
Trim and discard any excess fat from the ribs and pat dry with paper towels.
Scatter the sliced onions in the bottom of the slow cooker, then place the ribs on top.
Sprinkle the pork with the salt and pepper, brown sugar, and minced garlic; turn the pork ribs to coat all pieces. Pour the apple juice evenly over the pork. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or until almost fork-tender (start checking doneness at 5 hours).
Carefully drain the liquids from the slow cooker and discard. Pour the barbecue sauce over the pork and stir slightly to distribute the sauce. Cover and cook on LOW for 1 hour longer.
How to Store and Freeze Barbecue Ribs
- Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, wrapped well in foil or in an airtight container.
- For longer storage, wrap the ribs in foil and freeze in zip-close freezer bags for 3 to 6 months.
Are Country-Style the Same as Short Ribs?
Although both short ribs and country-style can be boneless, these two types of ribs are different from each other. First and foremost, short ribs are beef and come from a cow compared to most other types of ribs, including country-style, that come from a pig. Short ribs are also from a part of the cow's ribcage while country-style are from the front end of the loin near the shoulder, and are not ribs at all. They are great for the grill, stovetop, oven, and slow cooker because they are meatier than other rib cuts.