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Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

These tender and juicy Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs are coated with dry rub, slow cooked, slathered with BBQ sauce, and then crisped up in the broiler until they are fall-apart delicious! I promise everyone will be begging for the recipe!

country style ribs with corn on parchment paper

Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

If you have never made ribs in the crockpot, you are missing out on one of my very favorite ways to make ribs myself! My husband makes amazing smoked ribs in our smoker, but he doesn’t always have that kind of time.

So I decided to find new ways to make them myself and I have fallen in love with making them in the slow cooker! They come out extra juicy, full of smoky flavor and are absolutely perfect once you brush them with bbq sauce and broil them. Even my husband couldn’t believe how good these taste when I told him I made them in the slow cooker!

Not only are these ribs delicious, but this recipe is also incredibly easy to follow and is made with very simple ingredients. So let’s get started!!

ribs covered in BBQ sauce with corn

What are Country Style Ribs

Country-style ribs are boneless ribs that come from the shoulder area of the pig. They are specifically from the fatty, muscular section of the shoulder blade. Because of this, these delicious ribs need to be cooked low and slow to break down and become extra tender.  

Cooking your country style ribs slowly in the slow cooker is the perfect way to have tender, juicy ribs for dinner. Coated with dry rub, cooked slow and low for 6 hours, slathered with BBQ sauce, and crisped up in the broiler, these ribs are fall-apart delicious!

Country Style Ribs Ingredients

Not all ribs are seasoned the same, and I truly believe these ribs are seasoned to perfection. Here’s what you need for flavorful, delicious ribs:

  • Country style ribs: Remember, you want pork ribs that are boneless for this recipe. If you aren’t sure, look for the nice marbling appearance.
  • Liquid smoke: Made from smoke, this gives your ribs a smokey, barbecued flavor without needing the actual smoker or bbq grill.
  • Dry rub for ribs: You can use your favorite dry rub, but I highly recommend you try my dry rub for ribs recipe and make your own. 
  • Smoked paprika: one of our favorite spices that really adds a good level of flavor to your ribs.
  • Onion: Onions help with flavor, but they also have special proteolytic enzymes that help break down and tenderize protein. So, adding an onion to the bottom of your crock pot helps make your meat tender and juicy!
  • BBQ sauce: You can use your favorite BBQ sauce for this recipe, we used Sweet Baby Rays.

How to Make Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

The beauty of this recipe is that you can season your ribs and walk away while they cook in the slow cooker. I love a delicious rib dinner, and this one is super easy to make!

Prep your pot: First, give your slow cooker a good spray with non-stick cooking spray or line it with a slow cooker liner for an extra easy clean up.

Season the ribs: Next, brush the ribs with liquid smoke, remembering that a little liquid smoke goes a long way. Then coat them thoroughly with your dry rib rub seasoning and smoked paprika. 

chopped onion in the bottom of the slow cooker

Add the onion: Chop your onion and place it in the bottom of your slow cooker. Then, place the ribs on top of the onion. 

Cook the ribs: Turn your slow cooker on low and cook your ribs for 6 hours. 

Remove the ribs: After 6 hours, turn on the broiler on your oven. Then, remove your ribs from the slow cooker and place them on a baking sheet.

Broil the ribs: Brush the ribs generously with your favorite BBQ sauce and broil them for about 2 minutes to set the sauce. Then that is it! Serve and Enjoy!

tray of ribs with corn and beans

Tips to Make the Best Country Style Ribs

  • Don’t trim the fat. The fat on the ribs helps to keep them from drying out while cooking. For best results, do not trim it. 
  • You don’t need liquid. You may be tempted to add some liquid into your slow cooker, but the ribs make plenty of juice all on their own while they cook.
  • Be careful with liquid smoke. Liquid smoke is powerful stuff! One and half teaspoons is more than plenty, don’t get heavy handed or you will regret it.
  • Store leftovers properly. To store your leftover ribs, place them in a zip lock bag with a little juice from the slow cooker. This will help keep them from drying out. 
white plate full of ribs and corn

Do I Have to Cook Them for 6 Hours?

Country style ribs are tougher and require cooking them slowly and on a low consistent temperature. If you choose to cook your ribs on high for a shorter period of time, they may come out more tough than you would like.

I would suggest cooking them for the full time. They will become completely fork tender when cooked this long! You wont need a knife to cut these ribs!

How Do You Know When Country Style Ribs are Done?

When cooking pork of any kind, you want to make sure the meat is fully cooked and reaches an internal temperate of 145°F for safety. However, you will know your ribs are done cooking when they are fork tender and easily torn apart with a fork.

fork full of tender country style ribs

Can I Crisp them Up on The Grill Instead?

Absolutely! If you would like to use your grill to set the bbq sauce, you can. If you prefer your ribs more crispy, you can also grill them for longer than 2 minutes. You can also use your Air Fryer to crisp up the edges of these easy country style ribs as well.

The Best Sides to Serve with Your Ribs

Looking for recipes to serve with your delicious country style ribs? Here are a few favorites!

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Baked Beans
  • Pasta Salad
  • Corn
  • Roasted Vegetables
dish of BBQ ribs with corn and sauce
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

country style ribs with corn on parchment paper

These tender and juicy Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs are coated with dry rub, slow cooked, slathered with BBQ sauce, and then crisped up in the broiler until they are fall-apart delicious! I promise everyone will be begging for the recipe!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds country style ribs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup dry rub for ribs
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, optional
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Spray crockpot insert with non-stick spray.
  2. Brush ribs with liquid smoke and then coat well with rib rub seasoning and smoked paprika, if desired. 

Place onion in the bottom of the crockpot and then place ribs on top of the onion.
  3. Cook on low 6 hours, until tender and cooked through.
  4. Turn broiler on oven. Remove ribs from crockpot and place them on a baking sheet.
  5. Brush with your favorite bbq sauce and broil them for about 2 minutes to set the sauce! Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 711Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 235mgSodium: 358mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 64g

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