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Country Style Ribs are a meaty and flavorful cut of pork that are slow-cooked over low heat to achieve a tender and juicy texture, then coated in a tangy and sweet BBQ sauce.

These ribs are perfect for any summer gathering. Serve them with your favorite Cookout Side Dishes, like Hawaiian Macaroni Salad and Southern Green Beans.

BBQ sauced boneless ribs plated over mashed potatoes.
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Why We Love This Recipe

Country Style Ribs are a popular dish for outdoor gatherings and summertime cookouts because they are easy to prepare in large quantities and can feed a crowd.

These BBQ Ribs are:

  • Tender and Juicy – Baking country style ribs in the oven with this low and slow cooking method helps to keep the meat moist and tender, for a succulent and flavorful bite.
  • Meaty – Country ribs are a very meaty cut of pork, which means they are satisfying and filling.
  • Flavorful – Country-style pork ribs have a rich and savory flavor that is enhanced by slow-cooking and adding BBQ sauce. They are a great choice for meat lovers who appreciate bold and robust flavors.

Ingredients

  • Country-style pork ribs – Despite the name, they are not actually ribs but a meatier and boneless cut resembling a pork chop. This cut of pork comes from the shoulder or blade end of the loin.
  • Seasoning blend – I used my All Purpose Seasoning as a dry rub for the ribs. It has garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  • BBQ sauce – Use your favorite. I’m partial to my traditional Homemade BBQ Sauce or this tangy Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce. In terms of store-bought sauces, Sweet Baby Rays is an excellent choice.

How To Make This Country Style Ribs Recipe

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Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325℉ and spray a large baking dish with cooking spray, or line with foil. I typically prefer to use foil for easier clean up.

Spices mixed together in a small white dish with a small wooded spoon.
Boneless country ribs lined up in a white baking dish.

Step 2: Mix my all-purpose seasoning blend to use as a dry rub, then pat the ribs dry and rub all over with the seasoning.

Step 3: Arrange the ribs in a baking dish and cover with foil. Keeping them covered helps to lock in moisture, keeping the meat tender and juicy.

Baked boneless ribs in a white baking dish.

Step 4: Bake for 2-3 hours. The meat should be practically fall-apart tender at this point.

Step 5: Uncover and brush with your favorite BBQ sauce. Bake for another 15 minutes to caramelize the sauce.

BBQ sauce covered boneless ribs in a white baking dish.

Step 6: Let the ribs rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Additional Cooking Methods

On the grill: Follow the instructions for the dry rub, then grill the ribs over medium heat for 10-15 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Brush the BBQ sauce on the ribs during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking, turning the ribs occasionally to prevent burning.

Slow cooker: Place the dry-rubbed ribs in the slow cooker, add the BBQ sauce, and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is tender and breaks apart easily.

Recipe FAQs

What are country style pork ribs?

Country-style pork ribs are a cut of meat that comes from the shoulder or blade end of the pork loin, where the rib bones are located. They are meatier than other rib cuts and have more fat marbling, which makes them ideal for slow cooking or braising.

The term “country style” is used to distinguish this particular cut from other types of pork ribs, like baby back or spare ribs. They are also known as western ribs or pork shoulder ribs.

Why are they called “ribs”?

Although they don’t actually contain a rib bone, they are still referred to as “ribs” because of their location on the pig’s body.

What is the best way to season country ribs?

For optimal flavor, season country ribs with a dry rub and cook them low and slow. Adding BBQ sauce is optional, but it’s recommended to add it during the last 15-30 minutes of cooking to maintain the thickness of the sauce, as the juices from the meat can cause it to become watery if added too soon.

How long does it take to cook boneless pork shoulder ribs?

The cooking time varies depending on the method used. Baking, grilling or smoking usually takes 2-3 hours, while slow-cooking in a crockpot can take 4-6 hours.

How To Serve

A general rule of thumb is to estimate about ½ to ¾ pounds of ribs per person, depending on how meaty the ribs are and what else is being served with them. 5 pounds of ribs should serve around 6-10 people.

Don’t forget the sides! Western Ribs go well with a variety of side dishes such as Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread, coleslaw, Garlic Green Beans, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, or Slow Cooker Baked Beans.

For dessert, try my simple Fluffernutter Dip or decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

Country style ribs with bbq sauce, baked beans and green beans on a plate.

Storage

Refrigerator: Cooked pork ribs can last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days if stored properly in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. It’s important to refrigerate the ribs within 2 hours of cooking to prevent bacterial growth.

Freezer: Cool completely, then wrap the ribs tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in a freezer-safe container or bag.

Reheating: Thaw the ribs in the refrigerator overnight, then place in an oven-safe dish or on a baking sheet and cover them with aluminum foil to prevent drying out. Reheat the ribs for 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated through. You could also reheat in the microwave or on the grill.

Helpful Tips

  • Choose the right cut: Look for boneless pork shoulder ribs that are meaty and well-marbled. They should be pink in color and have a good amount of fat.
  • Use a dry rub: Season the ribs with a dry rub of your choice before cooking to enhance the flavor of the meat.
  • Cook low and slow: This cut of meat is best cooked low and slow to ensure tenderness and juiciness. You can cook them in the oven, on the grill, or in a slow cooker.
  • Cover with foil: For an extra tender result, cover the pan with foil before cooking. This will help to trap moisture and heat, resulting in more tender meat.
  • Baste with BBQ sauce at the end: Basting the ribs with BBQ sauce towards the end of cooking will help to add flavor and moisture, without compromising the texture of the sauce.
  • Check internal temperature: Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature of the ribs has reached 145°F (63°C) before serving. For more on internal temperatures, download my free printable Meat Temperature Chart.
Chunks of bbq pork shoulder ribs on a fork.

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Country style ribs cut on a plate.

Country Style Ribs

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Country style ribs are flavorful and meaty. They are baked low and slow in the oven for tenderness, then smothered in tangy BBQ sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 5 pounds country-style pork ribs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 cups BBQ sauce
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F and prepare a baking dish with cooking spray or by lining with aluminum foil.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper to make a dry rub.
  • Rub the dry rub all over the country-style ribs, making sure to coat them evenly.
  • Place the ribs in the prepared baking dish and cover with foil.
  • Bake the ribs in the preheated oven for 2-3 hours, or until the meat is tender and falls off the bone.
  • Remove the foil and brush the ribs with BBQ sauce making sure to coat them evenly.
  • Return the ribs to the oven, uncovered and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the BBQ sauce is caramelized and sticky.
  • Remove the ribs from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve hot with your favorite sides.

Notes

Serving Size Notes: A general rule of thumb is to estimate about ½ to ¾ pound of ribs per person, depending on how meaty the ribs are and what else is being served with them. 5 pounds of ribs will serve around 6-10 people.

Nutrition

Calories: 419kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 36gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 777mgPotassium: 711mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 526IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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