Baked Barbecued Country-Style Ribs

Easy baked barbecued country style ribs recipe

The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 95 mins
Total: 115 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yields: 6 to 8 country-style ribs
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
845 Calories
52g Fat
19g Carbs
76g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 845
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52g 67%
Saturated Fat 19g 94%
Cholesterol 272mg 91%
Sodium 2149mg 93%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 76g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 1418mg 30%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These boneless country-style ribs are baked to perfection with a spicy rub and your favorite barbecue sauce. It's an easy, convenient meal that is a great choice for any night of the week. Simply prepare the ribs when you get home and pop them in the oven. By the time you settle down, dinner will be ready.

Country-style pork ribs are relatively inexpensive, and it's best to cook them low and slow to ensure juicy, tender meat. While you could cook them for hours on a grill or smoker, this oven-baked recipe cuts the time to just an hour and a half. The recipe includes a simple Cajun seasoning, though you can also use a store-bought version.

Using foil has two benefits: Lining the pan makes cleanup quick and easy, while covering the ribs keeps them from drying out in the oven. You'll remove the foil to finish baking, though a few minutes under the broiler gives them a crispy top similar to the grill.

The recipe is for boneless ribs, but you can use bone-in country-style ribs (about 4 pounds). Make as many ribs as you need. Count on about two ribs per person, and simply use more or less seasoning and sauce as needed to cover the ribs. Pair it with classic coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, and cornbread, for a hearty meal your family will enjoy.

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Ingredients

For the Cajun Seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

For the Ribs:

  • 2 1/2 pounds country-style pork ribs

  • Optional:

    3 teaspoons cajun seasoning

  • 1 medium onion (sliced)

  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for baked barbecued country-style pork ribs

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  2. Heat the oven to 325 F. Line a shallow baking pan with foil; coat the foil with oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

    Foiled-lined baking pans coated with cooking spray

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  3. In a small bowl, combine the Cajun seasoning ingredients. Mix well.

  4. Pat the country-style ribs with paper towels to dry.

    Drying the country-style ribs with a paper towel

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  5. Rub the seasoning mixture over all sides of the ribs.

    Meat is completely coated with Cajun seasoning

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  6. Arrange the ribs in the prepared baking pan and then top with onion slices.

    Ribs arranged on pan with onion slices

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  7. Cover with another piece of foil and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the ribs are very tender.

    Ribs are covered with foil

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  8. Remove the top piece of foil and brush the ribs with barbecue sauce.

    Ribs and onions are covered in barbecue sauce

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  9. Bake uncovered for about 15 minutes longer, or broil for about 2 to 3 minutes for a crisper exterior. 

    Ribs are baked uncovered

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  10. Serve and enjoy.

    Slicing the baked barbecued country-style pork ribs

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Tips

  • If the country-style pork ribs are cut into individual pieces, stand them up and place them close together to make a "rack." They will cook evenly and are easier to cover with onions and baste with sauce.
  • Refrigerate leftover ribs in a sealed container and store for up to a few days.
  • If you decide to use store-bought Cajun seasoning and it is salt free, sprinkle the ribs lightly with kosher salt as well. Make sure to add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder to this mixture for extra flavor.

Recipe Variations

  • Replace the Cajun seasoning with smoked paprika.
  • Sweeten your favorite barbecue sauce with a tablespoon of brown sugar.

What Are Country-Style Pork Ribs?

This cut of pork is not a true rib. Instead, country-style pork ribs are cut from either the blade end of the loin near the shoulder or from the shoulder itself. If the ribs include a bone, it's a shoulder bone. They are thick cuts that have more meat and less fat than actual ribs, so they're more like a pork chop. While some butchers leave them in the form of a rack and do not cut all the way through, it's more common to find country-style pork ribs that are cut into individual pieces.