The Ultimate Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs
Slow cooker country style ribs are the perfect meal to make on a busy weeknight. They’re so easy and delicious that you’ll never want takeout again! And they only require 3 ingredients, so it won’t take much time or cost much either.
Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs are perfect for any occasion and will impress anyone who has loves BBQ! The recipe is easy, delicious, and guaranteed to make you stand out from the rest.
About Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs
Tender, slow-cooked country style pork ribs are slathered in a sweet, tangy barbecue sauce! These are perfect for any occasion and will impress anyone who loves BBQ!
These can cook low and slow all day and you’ll come home to a perfect BBQ that’s not dried out or burnt! Who knew they could make a BBQ go from good to great in the slow cooker?
pork country style boneless ribs – these ribs actually come from the pork shoulder and are generally an inexpensive but flavorful cut of meat when cooked correctly
BBQ sauce – sauce choice is a matter of personal preference, and different regions prefer different flavors. Some are sweet and some are vinegary. I prefer a lower sugar BBQ sauce when slow cooking to ensure it doesn’t burn and because I prefer to serve lower sugar meals to my family.
apricot preserves – again I prefer a no sugar added version. You could also try other flavors such as blackberry to mix up the flavor profile to match your BBQ sauce.
How to Make Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
There are certainly more complicated ways to make ribs that including brining, smoking and more, but this recipe is intended to be super quick and super simple.
Simply add the ribs to the slow cooker. Then mix together the BBQ sauce and preserves and pour half of them over and cook! Save the other half for serving.
I suggest cooking these low and slow for best results, usually 7-9 hours.
What to serve with ribs
Slow Cooker Cheesy Corn Casserole
Slow Cooker Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic
Slow Cooker Classic Baked Beans
Are boneless ribs or bone-in ribs better?
Boneless ribs are definitely more convenient and easier to eat. Even though they are not actually “ribs” they are more versatile and can be served in a variety of ways.
The boneless country style ribs are best for a toss in the slow cooker and go type of recipe because there is no membrane to remove and no prep work to be done.
What’s the best way to reheat leftover ribs?
The best way is to heat them back up in a slow cooker on low with some BBQ sauce added! This will keep them nice and tender!
You can also heat them in the microwave on a lower power until heated through.
What is the best way to season these Slow Cooker pork Ribs?
While this recipe is designed to be simple using only the BBQ sauce and preserves mixture for flavor, you could also try using garlic, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper to bring out even more flavor!
If you are looking for a BBQ sauce I recommend my Slow Cooker Jalapeño Peach BBQ sauce recipe. It is delicious on these ribs!
How to make JUICY slow cooker pork ribs
You’ll need to make sure that you are cooking them long enough. Some people recommend 8 hours but I find from 7-9 hours is perfect depending on the meat! Also, remember not to add additional liquid or use a thin or runny bbq sauce. There should be lots of fat in the slow cooker with these ribs which will help them stay nice and juicy!
Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs are made with 3 ingredients and are perfect for any occasion! These ribs will impress your guests because they’re tender, slow-cooked country style pork ribs that are slathered in a sweet, tangy barbecue sauce. The recipe is easy to make but will take time to cook on low so you’ll need to plan ahead before hosting an event or party.
Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs
- 2 1/2 pounds pork country style boneless ribs
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
- 1/2 cup apricot preserves no sugar added preferred
- Add ribs to slow cooker
- Mix together BBQ sauce and apricot preserves
- Pour half of the mixture over the ribs and save the rest in an airtight container in the fridge for later
- Cook on low for 8 hours until cooked through
- Brush on remaining sauce and serve
- swap out preserve flavors for even more options!
- stick with low or no added sugar sauces and preserves to keep sauces from burning in the slow cooker
- Use a thick bbq sauce to prevent too much liquid in the dish
- leftovers can be reheated in slow cooker or microwave
- store leftovers in air tight container in fridge up to 3 days
- also delicious served chopped over rice or in a salad or wrap
- double check sauces and preserves for gluten or dairy if needing to stay gluten or dairy-free
Wondering if anyone has finished these on the grill for appearance and a bit of smoke flavor?
Can you use bone-in ribs? That’s all that was available at the store.
Yes, cooking will be a bit different but you can use the same sauce. You will need to remove the membrane and then watch the cook time until they are cooked through and tender.
How long would I cook a pound and a half of ribs?
It will depend a bit on the size of the slow cooker, but likely around 6-8 hours on low.
Ooohh when did you start…where did you reach..i’m reading this too
I love the mix of apricots with BBQ sauce. Such an easy dinner that is so tasty!
It’s such an easy flavor combo!
This is such a great recipe and they will be devoured at my house!
Thanks! They are so easy and so tasty!
I’ve never used Apricot preserves before, is there something else I could use, I don’t have any in the house? Does it change the taste a lot? Do you think mixing a spicy bbq sauce with a sweet bbq sauce would taste okay?e never cook ribs in the crock pot before, I usually cook them on the stove, then sauce them and broil them in oven. They don’t always get tender?
Yes, you could certainly just to bbq sauce or try another flavor of jam or preserves.