Get ready to savor the best of summer with these tender and flavorful Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs. With a delightful blend of sweet peach preserves, honey, and tangy BBQ sauce, this easy-to-make dish will leave you amazed and craving more.
Slow cooking country ribs is the best way to cook them; this recipe could not be any easier. All you do is place all the ingredients in the slow cooker, which will be ready at dinner time. No fuss, no effort. If you’re looking for a way to make delicious ribs, then look no further. With minimal effort and easy clean-up, dinner tonight will be the best part of your day.
Why You’ll Love Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs
- Easy slow cooker recipe
- Perfect meal for busy days
- Feeds your entire family
- Made with pantry staples
- Meat comes out perfectly tender and sticky-sweet
The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.
- Boneless country style ribs: This is the main ingredient in the recipe; grab them when they are on sale.
- Brown sugar: This sugar caramelizes as it cooks, giving the ribs a richer flavor.
- Onion powder: Sprinkle onion powder into the ribs or dice up a large onion.
- Garlic salt: This adds an earthiness to the ribs that pair well with the onion.
- Paprika: Sweet paprika adds smokiness and a bit of heat.
- Peach preserves: This balances the heat and savory flavors with a syrupy sweet taste.
- Honey: You don’t need much honey, but a little bit of it kicks up the sweet taste.
- BBQ sauce: This sauce ties all the different flavors together. Try my homemade BBQ sauce.
How to Make Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs
- Step One: Place the ribs in your slow cooker.
- Step Two: Sprinkle the brown sugar, onion powder, garlic salt, and paprika over the ribs.
- Step Three: In a bowl, combine the peach preserves, honey, and bbq sauce.
- Step Four: Pour the sauce over the ribs.
- Step Five: Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Step Six: This step is optional, but you can place the cooked ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet and baste with a little of the sauce from the slow cooker.
- Step Seven: Place the ribs under the broiler for about 5 minutes until lightly browned.
- Step Eight: Garnish with parsley if desired. Serve!
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- Slow cooker – Use your favorite slow cooker, as long as it is big enough to fit all the ribs.
- Aluminum foil – This is optional and only if you broil the ribs at the end.
- Baking sheet – A sheet pan is optional, and you only need it if you are going to broil the ribs at the end.
- Mixing bowl – Use the bowl to mix all the simple ingredients in the rub.
What to Serve with Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs
This is one of the easiest slow cooker recipes you’ll ever make. Here are some of my favorite sides and main dishes that taste delicious with boneless country-style pork ribs.
- Potato Salad
- Pineapple Rice Pudding With White Rice
- Loaded Mashed Potatoes
- Company Peas
- Creamy Carrots
Variations and Substitutions
- Use different spices. Add black pepper or sprinkle some chili powder. You can also use garlic powder instead of garlic salt.
- Use pork shoulder.
- Make it in the Instant Pot. This recipe for Instant Pot ribs is the best!
- Make it smokier. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a little bit of liquid smoke.
- Make it spicier. Sprinkle it with some red pepper flakes.
Slow cooker country-style pork ribs taste the best when they are hot and fresh out of the oven. Even so, they also taste delicious as leftovers, too. Store boneless country-style pork ribs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
You can also freeze the slow cooker ribs. Place them in a freezer bag, remove all the air, and keep them in the freezer for up to six months.
Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs Tips and Tricks
- Use a slow cooker liner. This will make easy cleanup at the end.
- Spray the baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray before you broil them.
- Adjust the ingredients. If they are too sweet, omit the honey or use an unsweetened BBQ sauce.
- Check on the ribs and remove them when they are falling apart. I call this mouth tender.
What Cut Of Meat Are Country Style Ribs?
Country style ribs come from where the loin meets with the shoulder area of the pig. It’s a mix of lean, light meat from the loin and dark meat from the area of the shoulder blade.
Why Are They Called Country Style Ribs?
The origin of the name is pretty interesting. They are also called spare ribs, and they were developed in the 1970s by a butcher in Chicago. He was having a tough time selling the shoulder area of the pork, so he cut it up differently and gave it a new name – country-style ribs. People couldn’t get enough!
Are Country Style Ribs Tough?
If you cook them incorrectly, country-style ribs can be tough. Do not cook country-style ribs quickly at high heat. This is why a slow cooker is the best way to cook them. The best cook time for ribs is about 6-8 hours.
Can You Slow Cook Ribs Too Long?
Yes, you can overcook ribs, too, even if you cook them with low heat. If you cook ribs too long, they could turn out mushy.
Are Boneless or Bone-In Ribs Better?
I used boneless ribs, but you can use bone-in ribs. Whether they have a bone or not won’t change the cooking time. Some people like chewing on bone-in, and others hate the bones. It’s all a matter of personal preference.
What Size Crockpot Should I Use?
This makes enough ribs to feed your whole family. I suggest using a 7-Quart crock pot.
Can I Reheat In The Crockpot?
Yes, you can reheat boneless pork ribs in the slow cooker. Place the ribs in and turn it to low heat. I suggest adding more BBQ sauce so they don’t dry out. Then cook them for an hour or so.
Do I Need To Sear The Ribs First?
No, you do not have to sear the ribs first. If you want the ribs to have a sear, I suggest broiling them at the end, right before you serve them.
Can I Add Veggies With The Ribs In The Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can add some veggies to the slow cooker. To prevent the veggies from overcooking, I suggest adding them about an hour or two before the cooking time finishes.
Use your favorite barbecue sauce – any flavor will taste delicious! Kansas City-style sauce will pair perfectly with the peach preserves, but any tangy barbecue sauce will enhance the flavors in the ingredients.
Use a meat thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the meat. Cook it until it is at least 145 degrees F. This should only take about 4-5 hours.
This recipe makes six servings.
Want more easy pork recipes? Here are some of my favorite recipes:
- Pork Chop Skillet Dinner
- Orange Mustard Pork Tenderloin
- Pork Gyros
- Honey Glazed Pork Tenderloin
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork
- Honey Garlic Pork Chops
- Crockpot Italian Pork Chops
- Pork Schnitzel
Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs
- 3 lbs boneless country-style ribs
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 cup peach preserves
- ½ cup honey
- 1 ½ cup BBQ sauce
- Add the ribs to the slow cooker.
- Sprinkle brown sugar, onion powder, garlic salt and paprika over the ribs.
- In a bowl, stir together the peach preserves, honey and BBQ sauce. Pour the sauce over the ribs.
- Cook on LOW for 6 hours.
- Optional: place the cooked ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet and baste with a little sauce from the slow cooker.
- Broil for 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Serve hot.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.