Finger-licking Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs Recipe

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One of my favorite weeknight meals in the slow cooker is country-style ribs. These boneless pork ribs are a go-to comfort food requiring minimal effort but yielding mouthwatering results. Peach preserves, honey, and BBQ sauce flavor the tender and delicious ribs.

I love slow cooker recipes for their convenience and ability to produce tender, flavorful meals. Just combine a few simple ingredients and let the slow cooker do its magic!

These fork-tender, flavorful ribs and are one of my favorite recipes to simmer in the crock pot all day. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create a fantastic family favorite meal that will have everyone begging for more.

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Cooking country-style ribs in a slow cooker is ideal for tenderizing the meat and bringing out all the flavors. Combining the ribs with delicious peach BBQ sauce enhances their natural taste, making this recipe sure winner.

Looking for more easy crockpot recipes? Try slow cooker creamy chicken, crock pot chicken tacos, and slow cooker pork chops for more set-it-and-forget meals.

What Are Country Style Ribs

Country style ribs are not actually ribs. They’re a cut of pork coming from the loin near the shoulder. This means they have a higher fat content than traditional ribs, which makes them incredibly tender and juicy when properly cooked.

There are both bone-in and boneless variants of country-style ribs available. Bone-in country-style ribs are cut from the rib end of the loin, while the boneless ones are typically cut from the shoulder end. I usually buy boneless ones, but either works fine in this recipe.

ribs on a tray with corn and mashed potatoes.

🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Country style ribs, boneless or bone-in
  • Brown sugar
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic salt
  • Paprika
  • Peach preserves
  • Honey
  • BBQ sauce
ingredients for slow cooker ribs.

🥣How to Make Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

  1. Season – Put the ribs in the slow cooker and sprinkle on the brown sugar, onion powder, garlic salt, and paprika.
  2. Make the sauce – Combine the peach preserves, honey, and BBQ sauce. Pour the mixture over the ribs.
  3. Cook – Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Broil – (Optional) Put the cooked ribs on a baking sheet and broil for 5 minutes before serving.
mixing the BBQ sauce.
Making the BBQ sauce
adding the BBQ sauce to the country style ribs.
Ribs before slow cooking
country style ribs in a crockpot after cooking.
Ribs after slow cooking
putting the country style ribs on a tray for broiling.
Ribs ready to broil

🍴Serving Ideas

I like to serve these ribs over mashed potatoes, but they are also tasty over rice. Serve them with additional barbecue sauce to soak into the potatoes and rice.

For side dishes, coleslaw or potato salad are classic choices. They are cool and refreshing, which balances the richness of the ribs. Add some baked beans and cornbread for the ultimate BBQ dinner.

Drizzle extra barbecue sauce on top of the ribs before serving. This boosts flavor and adds an attractive, glossy finish. Finely chop fresh parsley and sprinkle it over the ribs for a pop of color and a hint of freshness. Simple garnishing ideas take just a few minutes but make a big difference in the presentation of your food.

closeup of slow cooker ribs on mashed potatoes.

💭How to Store and Reheat

Once cool, transfer leftovers into an airtight container, keeping the ribs and sauce separate. The ribs will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Put them in a 250-degree F oven and coat them in the sauce to reheat them. Reheat on a baking sheet for 25-30 minutes. If you have a lot of ribs to reheat, put them back in the slow cooker and let them cook for 1-2 hours until they are heated through.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • I prefer not to cook these country ribs on high. This cut of meat benefits from a long cooking time.
  • Use a crock pot liner to make cleanup quick and easy.
  • Add liquid smoke to the crockpot for even more smoky barbecue sauce flavor.
  • Broiling the ribs after slow cooking is optional, but it will give them a delicious brown crust and make them sticky and sweet with an extra depth of flavor to this delicious recipe.
  • Use a large crockpot so there is room for all the ribs in a single layer. I recommend at least a 5-quart model for this recipe. If you have a smaller crockpot, reduce the ribs you cook to 2 pounds.
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📝FAQ

Are country-style ribs tough?

Country-style ribs can be tough if they’re not cooked properly. The key is to cook them slowly so the meat becomes tender and flavorful. A crock pot is ideal for cooking country-style ribs and infusing them with flavor.

Can you overcook country-style ribs in the crockpot?

While it’s difficult to overcook ribs in a crockpot, it’s not impossible. If you leave your ribs in the slow cooker for too long, the meat may lose its tenderness. Avoid leaving them in for more than 14 hours on low.

Should I sear the ribs before adding them to the crockpot?

Searing the ribs before adding them to the crockpot is not necessary.

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top view of slow cooker ribs with corn and mashed potatoes on a tray.
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Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs Recipe

Published By Anne
Slow cooker country style ribs take minimal effort but yield mouthwatering results. Peach preserves, honey and BBQ sauce flavor the tender and delicious ribs.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients
 

  • 3 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup peach preserves
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 ½ cups BBQ sauce

Instructions

  • Place the ribs in your crock pot.
    3 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar, onion powder, garlic salt, and paprika over the ribs.
    2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Combine the peach preserves, honey, and BBQ sauce in a medium bowl.
    1 cup peach preserves, ½ cup honey, 1 ½ cups BBQ sauce
  • Pour the sauce over the ribs.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Optional: Put the cooked ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet and baste with some of the sauce from the slow cooker. Place the ribs under the broiler for about 5 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve over mashed potatoes or rice with the sweet, rich sauce spooned on top.

Notes

  • I prefer not to cook these country ribs on high. This cut of meat benefits from a long cooking time.
  • Use a crock pot liner to make cleanup quick and easy.
  • Broiling the ribs after slow cooking is optional, but it will give them extra caramelization and flavor.
  • Use a large crockpot so there is room for all the ribs in a single layer. I recommend at least a 5-quart model for this recipe. If you have a smaller crockpot, reduce the amount of ribs you cook to 2 pounds.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 662kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1238mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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top view of slow cooker ribs with corn and mashed potatoes on a tray.
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