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Once you cook ribs in your crock pot you’ll never go back to the way you were cooking them before.  Crock Pot Pork Ribs Recipe is simple to make but everyone will think that you have been working hard in the kitchen all day long.

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My entire family loves it when I cook BBQ ribs for dinner.  This ribs recipe requires little work but tastes amazing. The slow cooker makes this country style pork ribs cook until they are fork tender. The meat literally falls off the bone.

If you love making Easy Slow Cooker Recipes as much as I do, make sure to check out these other delicious recipes. Crock Pot Ribs with Coke, Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs, and Easy Crockpot BBQ Ribs Recipe are just some of my favorites.

What are Country Style Pork Ribs?

Country-style ribs don’t actually come from the rib area of a pig. Country style ribs come from the shoulder area of the pig. 

When country-style ribs have a bone in them, it is not a rib bone but a shoulder blade. We love making these country style pork ribs in the crock pot. They come out fork tender and fall of the bone.


  • Country Style Bone-In Pork Ribs
  • Brown Sugar
  • Chili Powder
  • Salt (or kosher salt)
  • Black Pepper
  • Ketchup
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Spicy Brown Mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce

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Substitutions and Additions

This recipe is delicious just as it is however you can add a few additions if you would like.

  • Liquid Smoke – Liquid Smoke is a delicious addition to add smokey flavor
  • Add Seasonings – Garlic Powder, onion powder, and paprika are great to add
  • Onions – Slice up an onion and add it in the beginning of the slow cooking.
  • Change the Meat – Pork chops or a pork roast would work in this slow cooker recipe. Great idea for making amazing pulled pork for your friends and family. Feel free to make this recipe with boneless ribs as well. The cooking time will still be the same.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Put the country style pork ribs in your favorite crock pot. 
  • Step 2 – Then you combine all the other ingredients together and pour over the top.  This sauce is so good that you will not miss the bbq sauce in this recipe.
  • Step 3 – Then cover and cook the ribs in the slow cooker for 8-10 hours. 
  • Step 4 – Once they have been slow cooked, place on a baking sheet. Broil the ribs on a baking pan for approximately 5-10 minutes to caramelize the sauce. 
  • Step 5 – This process bring out the best flavors in this recipe.  You may also put them on the grill for 5-10 minutes instead of using the broiler if you prefer.
  • Step 6 – Season with salt and pepper then serve with your favorite side dishes.

Recipe Tips

  • Homemade Barbecue Sauce – We love making our sauces from scratch because se can control the ingredients. Making Homemade BBQ Sauce saves time, money and taste even better on these ribs.
  • Cooking Ribs – For the best results we recommend cooking the ribs on low. It helps to tenderize the meat which results the most flavorful ribs.
  • Cooking Spray – Feel free to spray the slow cooker with cooking spray if you have problems with the meat sticking.
  • Instant PotIf you prefer, these ribs can be made in the instant. Place the ribs in the instant pot and add in your sauce ingredients. Then cook the ribs for about 15 minutes on high press and do a natural release for about 10. Then broil the ribs in the oven for a caramelize the texture.

What is the Difference between Country Style Ribs and Spare Ribs?

Country style pork ribs are cut from the shoulder of the hog and the very end of the pork loin.  These ribs are similar to pork chops in flavor.

Spare ribs come from the rib section of the hog and have a slightly different flavor.  Either type would taste great in this recipe. So you may substitute with spare ribs in you prefer them over country style ribs.

The sauce in this recipe would go great with other cuts of pork as well.  I usually buy what’s on sale. 

How Do You Slow Cook Ribs:

This best slow cooker country style ribs recipe cooks in the crock pot on low for 8-10 hours.  You can also cook country style ribs slow cooker on high for approximately 6-8 hours. 

I prefer to cook low and slow as I think they are more tender. But you can cook them on high to shorten the cooking time if you need to. Cooking times vary depending on how many ribs you are slow cooking.

How to Serve

The country style ribs are a great addition to your family’s BBQ or a tasty weeknight meal. We love to serve easy side dishes for a complete meal idea. I always make these CrockPot Mashed Potatoes Recipe with a side of this Boiling Corn on the Cob Recipe.

It makes for the perfect combination and always a crowd favorite. For other options try this Quick & Easy Baked Beans or Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe. If you are making boneless country style pork ribs add Traditional Potato Salad Recipe as a delicious side dish.

This Homemade Cornbread Recipe is another delicious options and taste even better making from scratch. For more side dish ideas, see Best Sides for Ribs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you Freeze Ribs?

This recipe is freezer friendly. Simply place all the ingredients in a freezer bag and then freeze. When you are ready to use, allow the meal to thaw in the refrigerator, and then follow the directions. If you love easy freezer meals, also check out the Lazy Day Cooking Club.

How to Store Leftovers:

Store your leftover ribs in an airtight container then place in the fridge. These ribs will last about 4 days if stored properly. These ribs make a great lunch the next and reheat easily in the microwave.

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Make sure to leave us a comment if you try this Crock Pot Pork Ribs Country Style Recipe. We love hearing from you.

Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs

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Looking for easy crock pot recipes? Try this easy Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs Recipe. Easy ingredients to make this easy crock pot pork ribs!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 427


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  • Place the ribs in the crock pot.
  • Combine all the ingredients in small bowl.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Pour over the ribs.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Place the ribs on a cooking sheet, lined with foil.
  • Spoon sauce over the top.
  • Broil (or grill) for 5-10 minutes or until it begins to brown.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories 427kcal, Carbohydrates 33g, Protein 30g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 109mg, Sodium 1849mg, Potassium 879mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 27g, Vitamin A 825IU, Vitamin C 5mg, Calcium 76mg, Iron 2.7mg

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  1. Linda Gulick says:

    4 stars
    a little heavy on the vinegar but tasty

  2. Josette says:

    OMG!!!! This recipe is AMAZING. It kind of tastes like bar-b-que without that overpowering particular sauce, which I loved!!!! I did follow you suggestion of adding a splash of hickory smoke liquid. I will make this again and again!!!!! Thank you for sharing! Josette

  3. Vicki says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! Followed recipe exactly

  4. Judy D Naramore says:

    5 stars
    I made this today country style rides the meat just fail off the bone so good
    So easy

  5. Cindy Ritrosky says:

    I think I’m going to try this recipe as a freeze ahead of an event meal, any thought on doing this?

  6. belinda says:

    5 stars
    I bought boneless ribs with the thought of making bbq sandwiches from them in mind . this is the perfect recipe!!! I can’t wait to try these . thank you!

  7. Roge says:

    5 stars

  8. Jonathan W says:

    5 stars
    In the process of making right now. For those talking about the cost, I got an almost 4lb package of boneless country ribs for under $10 on managers special. Keep an eye out. The house is smelling amazing. Update to follow.

  9. Aim says:

    Hi there,

    Can I use spare ribs for this instead of country style ribs? And I can follow the rest of the directions as is?

    Thank you for your time and help towards this matter

  10. Barry Hodges says:

    5 stars
    Another great recipe, Carrie. Broiling at the end really makes a difference.

  11. Michelle Reilman-Roeper says:

    Loved this recipe!

  12. Vicki Meredith says:

    5 stars
    Ribs are my very favorite and I’ll be making this recipe soon. YUM!

  13. Carol G says:

    5 stars
    These were amazing, the flavor the ease of making. We do not cook outside much as it is way to hot in the afternoon sun and I missed having ribs. Thank you thank you for the suggestion of cooking ribs in the crock pot. This is a MUST try recipe people.

  14. Kristine Stuber says:

    5 stars
    These tasted better than restaurant quality ribs!! I haven’t had ribs in ages that I enjoyed this much! So delicious and easy!!

  15. Carol O'Neill says:

    5 stars
    These are so delicious and so easy to make. Definitely my favorite way to make them!

  16. Diana says:

    5 stars
    Meat fell off with delicious flavor

  17. Jamie says:

    Great recipe, i think next time i will add some liquid smoke for a little extra flavor

  18. Pam Bricker says:

    5 stars
    An excellent recipe! We rate it a 10 out of 10!

  19. Deb says:

    5 stars
    Too bad I can’t afford ribs!

  20. Carrie says:

    Tara – I haven’t tried these in the Instant Pot yet but I would cook them on high pressure for 45-50 minutes with a full natural release. Make sure to add 1-1 1/2 cup of liquid so it’ll come to pressure. Let us know how they turn out!

  21. Tara says:

    I only have an Instant Pot so can I get the directions for cooking it in that?? The recipe looks AMAZING and I must try it soon! ?

  22. Carrie says:

    Thank you Tracey!

  23. Tracey A. says:

    These look heavenly! If my husband wasn’t on a low carb, low fat sodium diet, I would make these. He JUST received a kidney transplant on March 31st and is very restricted. Thank you for posting such wonderful recipes. I love to cook and hope to delve in to the ones I can’t quite cook now!

  24. Carol says:

    5 stars
    What a great way to cook country style ribs in the hot summer months. I think I will just buy BBQ sauce instead of making this sauce.

  25. Carrie says:

    Yes, you can cook them on high for half of the cooking time but I do recommend cooking them on low as the ribs will be more tender. Thank you!

  26. Chrystal Williams says:

    5 stars
    We made this and absolutely love it even our picky eaters love it.

  27. Danielle says:

    Can I cook them on high instead of low?

  28. Marilyn J Fults says:

    5 stars
    My family loves this crockpot recipe.

  29. Marilyn says:

    This recipe is a keeper in my home. We have five adults and all said please put this in the rotation of meals. A great tip that you gave about crockpot liners is a great tip too!

  30. Jeanie says:

    5 stars
    So good and easy!

  31. Dianna Franks says:

    5 stars
    Turn out great everyone loved them. Ty

  32. Brenda Higgins says:

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe, my family asks for it often. So much easier than grilling.

  33. Carrie says:

    Thank you! It’s 1/4 cup – I’ll update the recipe card

  34. Rhonda says:

    All the ingredients says for Worcestershire sauce is 1/4. No mention of teaspoon tablespoon cup nothing might want to fix that

  35. Carrie says:

    Thank you! Yes, this crock pot has recently become not available – which is such a bummer because I love it!

  36. Valerie L. says:

    5 stars
    Your recipe looks delicious, and I definitely want to try it. However, may I please point out something to you. The Ninja slow cooker that you always suggest is no longer available, and if you are somehow able to find one, the price is astronomical. So, please keep that in mind before you continue to suggest this particular brand of slow cooker. I would love to have one, but whenever I click on the link in your recipe that says “Ninja”, the info that comes up always says that it’s “unavailable.”

  37. Emily says:

    Can you use boneless pork ribs or do they need to be bone in?

  38. Thomas Kulesa says:

    I’m a little short on the 3 pounds of ribs. What should I substitute? Would you recommend pork chops or chicken?

  39. Alicia says:

    Could I simply double the ingredients to do 6 lbs of ribs instead of 3?

  40. Sandra O'Rourkeglynn says:

    Allergic to additives found in all processed foods and jars like ketchup, sauces etc? Any tips for cooking from scratch

  41. nick says:

    Without BBQ sauce? Looks breat but 2 cups of ketchup plus all those other ingredients IS barbecue sauce.

  42. Brittney says:

    What can I substitute in place of the apple cider vinegar. We are not a fan of the taste

  43. Carrie says:

    yes,I think it will still turn out great

  44. Karen Davis says:

    Can I substitute tomato sauce for the ketchup