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Slow Cooker Country Style Pork Ribs

close up shot of a plate of slow cooker country style pork ribs topped with bbq sauce
A great choice for dinner tonight, these slow cooker country style pork ribs are melt-in-your mouth tender and so flavorful.
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  1. Slow Cooker Country Style Pork Ribs Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Slow Cooker Country Style Pork Ribs Recipe
  3. How to Serve
  4. Storage
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Imagine the tantalizing aroma of these country style pork ribs cooking in your crock pot. The meat literally falls off the bone of these tender ribs when they are done, and everyone at dinner will agree that this delicious meal is amazing.

Our slow cooker pulled BBQ chicken and Mississippi pot roast recipes are two more meaty and easy recipes.

Slow Cooker Country Style Pork Ribs Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 4 pounds Country Style Pork Ribs (we used bone-in) 
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup soda/cola (I used the original Coke brand, not diet)
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce (I used original Sweet Baby Ray’s brand)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons spice rub

For the Spice Rub

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

PRO TIP:

You will not use all the spice rub for this slow cooker country style ribs recipe; however, you can store the extra spice rub in a sealed container to use at a later time. This is a great all-around rub for grilled chicken or pork. You can double the dry rub recipe and store it in a small mason jar in the pantry for up to 1 year.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

COKE: If you do not like Coke, then any brand of brown soda will work. Dr. Pepper is another great alternative. I just do not recommend using diet soda for this delicious recipe.

BBQ SAUCE: I used Original Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce for this recipe because that is our family’s favorite, but you can substitute with your favorite BBQ sauce brand instead. You can also omit the liquid smoke and choose a barbecue sauce with a smoky flavor instead.

RIBS: We used bone-in but you could also use boneless ribs for these BBQ country style ribs recipe although you may have to adjust the cooking time to ensure they are fully cooked.

SPICE: If you want a little bit more spice on these crockpot country style pork ribs, add a dash of red pepper flakes to your spice rub.

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How to Make This Slow Cooker Country Style Pork Ribs Recipe

STEP ONE: In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, kosher salt, cumin, and black pepper for the spice rub.

STEP TWO: Place ribs into the bottom of the slow cooker in a single layer (as best as possible) and rub with the 2 tablespoons of the spice rub, making sure that the rub covers all the meat. Top with the chopped onions.

PRO TIP:

Make sure to spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Using a crockpot liner is also a great option and a great way for easy clean-up after cooking your delicious ribs.

STEP THREE: In a large bowl, stir to combine the soda/cola, barbecue sauce, and liquid smoke until evenly incorporated. Pour over the top of the ribs and chopped onions. Make sure that the sauce completely covers the meat.

STEP FOUR: Place the lid tightly onto the slow cooker, set the slow cooker to LOW for 8 to 9 hours. Remember not to open the lid during cooking.  

STEP FIVE: Once your ribs have cooked (they should be fall off the bone tender), you can remove them to a serving dish.

STEP SIX: Pour the cooking liquids into a medium-sized pot and boil for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the liquids have been reduced by half. This will give you a nice thick sauce to pour over your platter of country-style pork ribs before serving.

PRO TIP:

Alternately, if your slow cooker has a saute setting, you can just leave the liquids in the slow cooker and bring it to a boil right inside the slow cooker.

STEP SEVEN: Pour or brush the sauce over your cooked ribs before serving.

How to Serve

Once your country-style pork ribs are cooked and tender, they can be served with your favorite sides for a great BBQ meal. Potato salad, dill pickle pasta salad and our cucumber salad are all tasty sides that will complement this yummy main course.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: It is best to eat your country ribs immediately, but leftovers from this easy recipe can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Slow cooking these BBQ ribs makes them fall off the bone tender. They are smothered in a sweet barbecue sauce that infuses them with incredible flavor and they make for an easy meal that the whole family will gobble up.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I store leftovers of these ribs?

Leftovers of these slow cooker pork ribs are best eaten right away but can be stored in the fridge for up to two days.

What is the best barbecue sauce for these slow cooker ribs?

You can use your favorite barbecue sauce. Any brand will work fine. If you choose a smoky sauce, you can omit adding the liquid smoke to the slow cooker.

What is liquid smoke?

Liquid smoke is made from condensing the smoke from burning wood and is often used as a flavoring to simulate the flavor of cooking over a fire. Adding a little bit of liquid smoke will give your meat a nice smoky flavor.

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Slow Cooker Country Style Pork Ribs

5 from 1 vote
A great choice for dinner tonight, these slow cooker country style pork ribs are melt-in-your mouth tender and so flavorful.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pounds Country Style Pork Ribs we used bone-in
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cup soda/cola I used the original Coke brand, not diet
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce I used original Sweet Baby Ray’s brand
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons spice rub

Spice Rub

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, kosher salt, cumin, and black pepper for the spice rub.
  • Place the country-style pork ribs into the bottom of your slow cooker in a single layer (as best as possible) and rub with the 2 tablespoons of the spice rub, making sure that the rub covers all the meat. Top with the chopped onions.
  • In a large bowl, stir to combine the soda/cola, barbecue sauce, and liquid smoke until evenly incorporated. Pour over the pork ribs and chopped onions. Make sure that the sauce completely covers the meat.
  • Place the lid tightly onto the slow cooker, set the slow cooker to LOW for 8 to 9 hours. Remember not to open the lid during cooking.
  • Once your ribs have cooked (they should be ‘fall off the bone’ tender), you can remove them to a serving dish.
  • Pour the cooking liquids into a medium-sized pot and boil for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the liquids have been reduced by half. This will give you a nice thick sauce to pour over your platter of country-style pork ribs before serving. Alternately, if your slow cooker has a saute setting, you can just leave the liquids in the slow cooker and bring it to a boil right inside the slow cooker.
  • Pour or brush the sauce over your ribs before serving.

Notes

PRO TIP: You will not use all the spice rub for this slow cooker country style ribs recipe; however, you can store the extra spice rub in a sealed container to use at a later time. This is a great all-around rub for grilled chicken or pork. You can double the dry rub recipe and store it in a small mason jar in the pantry for up to 1 year.
 
PRO TIP: Make sure to spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Using a crockpot liner is also a great option and a great way for easy clean-up after cooking your delicious ribs.
PRO TIP: Alternately, if your slow cooker has a saute setting, you can just leave the liquids in the slow cooker and bring it to a boil right inside the slow cooker.

Nutrition

Calories: 879kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 2862mg | Potassium: 1486mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 1862IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 6mg
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