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Slow-cooked country-style pork ribs are fall off the bone tender and juicy. Coated in a rich sauce flavored with garlic, honey, soy sauce, and chili powder, Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs are perfect for weeknight meals or weekend gatherings. Why head to your local BBQ joint when you can make delicious ribs at home!
Are you ready for an easy, flavorful recipe for country style pork ribs? If you are, then hang with me!
Just like my wildly popular Crock Pot Chicken Thighs recipe, this new creation using pork ribs has proven to be a winner.
Meaty, country style pork ribs are cooked low and slow in the Crock Pot making them fall off the bone tender. The simple sauce, made with ketchup, honey, soy sauce, with a splash of vinegar, is perfectly seasoned and infuses the ribs with amazing flavor while they cook.
This recipe for Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs gives you all the things you love about BBQ without going to a lot of trouble. There’s no grilling, smoking, and no need to turn on your oven. You get all the wonderful flavor of barbecued ribs from the slow cooker any time of the year.
Ingredients You Need To Make This Recipe
- Bone-In Country Style Pork Ribs
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Soy Sauce
- Red Wine or Apple Cider Vinegar
- Onion Powder
- Chili Powder
- Dried Thyme
- Dried Mustard
- Fresh Parsley
What Size Crock Pot Is Recommended?
This recipe calls for 3-4 pounds of country style pork ribs, so you’ll need a larger Crock Pot. I recommend using a 7 or 8-quart slow cooker so that the ribs are not crowded in the pot.
What Are “Country Style” Pork Ribs?
The interesting thing about country style pork ribs is that they are not actually ribs at all. They are a cut of pork meat, made from the end of the loin. Since the cut comes from the shoulder, the texture is like what you’d find from pulled pork. The bone-in “ribs” look similar to individually cut pork ribs, but you can also find them boneless.
Do You Need To Sear The Ribs Before Cooking?
For this recipe, it’s really best to get a good sear on the ribs. It helps impart extra flavor. I use a cast iron skillet (get it screaming hot) to brown the ribs. Work in 2 batches so that the ribs do not touch while you’re searing the meat and fat.
How Long Do Pork Ribs Cook In The Crock Pot?
To ensure that the ribs are super tender and loaded with flavor, I recommend cooking them on low for 8 hours. You can shorten the time and cook for 6-7 on high.
What To Serve With Country Style Pork Ribs
This recipe really is a jack of all trades when it comes to ways to serve it. Actually, you might come up with reasons (wink, wink) to make it!
- Classic Scalloped Potatoes
- Air Fryer Potato Wedges
- Cranberry Pecan Slaw
- Caprese Pasta Salad (Fresh and Easy)
- Black Bean And Corn Salsa
- Broccoli Apple Salad
- Blue Cheese Coleslaw
- Instant Pot Garlic Herb Rice
More Crock Pot Recipes You Will Love!
- Crock Pot Parmesan Chicken
- Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken Sliders
- Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Roast
- Crock Pot Maple Green Beans
- Crock Pot Bourbon Meatballs
- Crock Pot Vegetable Beef Soup
- Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 3-4 pounds bone-in country style pork ribs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- ¾ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup red wine or apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ¼ teaspoon dried mustard
- chopped fresh parsley – optional
- Heat olive oil in a cast-iron skillet or heavy bottom pan. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper and sear, on all sides, until golden. Remove the ribs from the pan and place them in the Crock Pot.
- To a medium-size bowl, add ketchup, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, garlic, chili powder, onion powder dried thyme, dried parsley, and dried mustard. Whisk together and pour over the ribs. Place the lid on the Crock Pot and cook on HIGH for 6-7 hours or LOW for 8 hours until the ribs are done.
- Remove the ribs to a serving platter, and spoon over the sauce from the bottom of the Crock Pot. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.
Want To Know More About Slow Cooking?
If you are new to cooking with a Crock Pot or just don’t know where to start, I’ve got something to help. I’ve put together a helpful guide with tips and recipes to get you using a slow cooker like a pro!
I have four 6 oz. boneless pork loin chops. Can I follow this recipe for them because I love to use my crockpot? Or might you have other crockpot suggestions for them?
Go for it! It should work out great. Let me know.
Plan on making tomorrow..
The reviews have been great can’t wait to try for myself.. will let you know thanks for sharing..
Making tonight!♡ I substituted alittle here and there as I did not have all the ingredients,I used the honey teriyaki sauce from tastefully simple, and used a splash
of wht. Ving😬🙈,,,tasted the sauce and tastes just like the Chinese ribs like take out! My fiance will definitely love and be surprised with this one! Saved for future because I know soon as he smells them I’ll be making them again in 3-4days😆,, tha k you so much for this share!
Can I use boneless ribs, and how might that change the outcome?
I think the recipe will turn out great. Let me know!
Made these tonight. Fall off the bone tender just the recipe states. Hubby LOVED them and commented several times how good they were. Will definitely make again! Yum 😋
Thanks for the compliment and the outstanding rating!
I plan to make these tomorrow! Is there something I can substitute for the honey?
Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. Making theses today! Wish me luck!
Five star fall off the bone delishWoahhhhh! These were phenomenal!! My pregnant friend also requested these to be her first meal after she gives birth in late November!! Soooo delish!! Thank you
Hey there Tracy!
Wow! I am absolutely thrilled to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, it’s a family favorite in my house so I’m really glad that y’all liked it as well! I totally agree with you that these ribs are a perfect recipe for this time of year. Thank you so much for your kind words of support and your fantastic rating, if you ever have any questions about a recipe please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask!
Can I do this in the instapot?
Hey there GG!
Thank you so much for your interest in this recipe and for your wonderful rating, I really appreciate your support! I’ve never actually tried to make Country Style Pork Ribs in the instant pot, I usually just use this Crock Pot Recipe. That being said, I am always a fan of experimenting, so it’s definitely worth giving it a try. Let me know how everything turns out, I’d be very curious, I hope you enjoy the recipe.
Could you substitute a rack of baby back ribs?
Hey there Beverly!
Thank you so much for your interest in this recipe, that’s a terrific question! The answer is yes, you can absolutely use baby back ribs in place of country style ribs. I hope you enjoy the recipe, let me know how everything turns out if you give it a try, I’d love to hear what you think!
I’m just wondering as a newbie crock pot user do I have to sear the ribs before putting them in the crock pot? Also why do some sear before cooking and others sear after? Thank you in advance!!
Hey there Kimberly!
Wow! I am so happy to hear that you’re getting into slow cooking, once you’ve gotten the hang of it, your Crock Pot is going to become your best friend in the kitchen! For this rib recipe you’ll want to sear the ribs before putting them into the crock pot, I’m not sure why folks would sear after slow cooking, you want to do it before to tenderize the meat and impart a little extra flavor. If you’re looking for more Crock Pot recipes and information on slow cooking, I have a post for you that I’ll link below. The post goes through every aspect of slow cooking from how it actually works to which crock pot to use for each recipe. I hope this is helpful, thank you so much for your interest in this recipe and for your support. Let me know how everything turns out, I really hope you enjoy!
Yikes all I have is boneless is their anything I need to adjust to accommodate boneless?
You don’t need to alter the recipe at all. Go for! The ribs will turn out great. Let me know how you like the recipe.
Thanks so much,
What if I have 6.47 lbs. of the ribs? should I double the recipe or do one batch in two separate pots? or do one dose of ingredients and a quarter of ingredients?
Hey there Shane!
Thank you so much for your interest in this recipe, that’s a terrific question! If you have about 6.5 pounds of ribs, then I would recommend separating the portion in half and then cooking the recipe as it’s written in two separate crock pots, with 3.25 lbs in one crock pot and the same weight in the other. I hope this is helpful, let me know how everything turns out, I’d love to hear what you think!
By far the best country ribs I’ve ever made! I will never make them any other way! Thank you Donya!
WHAT! Thank you. I am humbled by your comment and dancing around the kitchen with happiness.
Wend, you’ve made my day!
This was tasty! Came together easily with items I already had in the kitchen, cooked up juicy, tasty, and not overly sweet. Roughly doubled it, and the only substitution I made was coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. Would definitely use this recipe again.
Hey there Kim!
Wow! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, I totally agree that the best part of this dish is the fact that uses common pantry ingredients! If you enjoyed this recipe, you should check out my Crock Pot Chicken Thighs, the recipe is just as easy to make and you can use coconut aminos as a soy sauce substitute in that dish as well. Thank you so much for your kind words and your fantastic rating, I really appreciate your support!
Great recipe and really a nice one. Will surely try this
Hey there Chris!
Thank you so much for your kind words of support, I really hope you do give these ribs a try! This recipe is super easy to make and delivers fantastic flavors. If you have any questions about the recipe, don’t hesitate to ask, I hope you enjoy!
It turned out wonderful
Hey there Janet!
Thank you so much for letting me know how everything turned out, I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! Country Style Pork Ribs are a one of a kind main dish, I always like to serve it with my Everyday Green Salad recipe, it adds the perfect fresh touch to the meal. Thank you for your support, if you ever have any other questions about a recipe don’t hesitate to reach out!
You have dried parsley and dried thyme mentioned in directions but no amounts.
Hey there Janet!
Thank you so much for your interest in this recipe, it really is comfort food at it’s finest! I really appreciate you pointing that out, I have edited the post to include the ingredient amounts in the recipe card. I hope you enjoy this rib recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions, I’d be more than happy to help!
You might want to proofread the question “How Long Do Pork Ribs Cook In The…”
Hey there Bud!
I appreciate you pointing out that typo, I just corrected it to Crock Pot! Thank you so much, let me know how the recipe turns out, I hope you enjoy!
Haven’t made these ribs yet but the Taco Spaghetti Bake was yummy!
Hey there Debbie!
Thank you so much, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the Taco Spaghetti bake, it is a perfect weeknight meal! I really hope you make these ribs, they are so delicious and easy to make thanks to the Crock Pot. If you have any questions about a recipe, please feel free to reach out!