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Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

These 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.

Easy Country Style Pork Ribs

If you have never made ribs in the crock pot, you are missing out on one of the best ways to make fall-apart-tender ribs. This easy recipe makes extra juicy ribs that are full of smoky flavor. They are absolutely perfect once you brush them with bbq sauce and broil them. Even my husband – who makes pretty incredible ribs in the smoker – 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!!

Why You’ll Love These Crock Pot Ribs

  • Easy. The entire recipe for these country style ribs is only 5 steps. Just add the ingredients to your crock pot and turn it on. Then quickly crisp the meat in your oven and dig in.
  • Tender & flavorful. This simple recipe makes tender meat that falls apart on your fork. It’s full of flavor and goes with tons of different side dishes.
  • Hearty. Looking for a satisfying dinner idea that will fill hungry bellies? This is it.
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!

What You’ll Need

Not all ribs are seasoned the same, and I truly believe these ribs are seasoned to perfection. Here’s a quick look at what you need to make country style pork ribs. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts.

  • 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.
dish of BBQ ribs with corn and sauce

How to Cook Country Style Pork 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. 
  • 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 For the Best Country Style Ribs

This recipe is incredibly easy, but it never hurts to have a few tips:

  • 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. 
ribs covered in BBQ sauce with 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 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 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 These Up on The Grill Instead?

Absolutely! If you would like to use your grill to set the bbl 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.

What Sides Go With Ribs?

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

country style ribs with corn on parchment paper
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Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 5 minutes


  • 3-4 pounds country style ribs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons liquid smoke
  • ¼ cup dry rub for ribs
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, optional
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce


  • Spray crockpot insert with non-stick spray.
  • 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.
  • Cook on low 6 hours, until tender and cooked through.
  • Turn broiler on oven. Remove ribs from crockpot and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Brush with your favorite bbq sauce and broil them for about 2 minutes to set the sauce! Enjoy!


Serving: 1, Calories: 711kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 64g, Fat: 47g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 27g, Cholesterol: 235mg, Sodium: 358mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g

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