Trust me, 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!
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 and the meat literally fall off the bone.
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.
Check out video to see how easy it is to make this Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs
- 3 lbs country style bone-in pork ribs
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons salt (or kosher salt)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups ketchup
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup spicy brown mustard
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
The best part about these ingredients is that they are easy to find in most grocery stores and you probably already have a lot of these items in your pantry!
How to Make Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs
This recipe is simple to make! You put the country style pork ribs in your favorite crock pot. Then you combine all the other ingredients together and pour over the top.
This sauce is so good that you will not miss the barbecue sauce in this recipe!
Then cover and cook the ribs in the slow cooker for 8-10 hours.
Once they have been slow cooked, I broil the ribs on a baking pan for approximately 5-10 minutes to caramelize the sauce.
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.
This bbq sauce is so good that you will not miss the barbecue sauce in this recipe!
How are country style pork ribs different than 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. Pork chops or a pork roast would work in this slow cooker recipe to make amazing pulled pork for your friends and family.
How long do you cook country style ribs in a crock pot?
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 these on low 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.
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
Easy Freezer Meal
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.
Can you use boneless ribs instead?
Yes you can use boneless country style pork ribs! I would follow the same instructions and keep the cooking time the same.
What to Serve with Country Style Ribs
- CrockPot Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- Boiling Corn on the Cob Recipe
- Quick & Easy Baked Beans
- Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe
- Traditional Potato Salad Recipe
- Homemade Cornbread Recipe
- See Best Sides for Ribs for more easy ideas.
Print Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs Recipe:
Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs
- 3 lbs country style pork ribs
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 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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- Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe
- The Best Crock Pot Pork Roast
- Easy Crock Pot Pork Chops
- Crockpot Teriyaki Pork Chops Recipe
- Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe
- Cranberry Orange Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin Recipe
- Crockpot Cowboy Pork Chops Recipe
Can I substitute tomato sauce for the ketchup
yes,I think it will still turn out great
What can I substitute in place of the apple cider vinegar. We are not a fan of the taste
Without BBQ sauce? Looks breat but 2 cups of ketchup plus all those other ingredients IS barbecue sauce.
Allergic to additives found in all processed foods and jars like ketchup, sauces etc? Any tips for cooking from scratch
Could I simply double the ingredients to do 6 lbs of ribs instead of 3?
I’m a little short on the 3 pounds of ribs. What should I substitute? Would you recommend pork chops or chicken?
Can you use boneless pork ribs or do they need to be bone in?
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.”
Thank you! Yes, this crock pot has recently become not available – which is such a bummer because I love it!
All the ingredients says for Worcestershire sauce is 1/4. No mention of teaspoon tablespoon cup nothing might want to fix that
Thank you! It’s 1/4 cup – I’ll update the recipe card
This is a great recipe, my family asks for it often. So much easier than grilling.
Turn out great everyone loved them. Ty
So good and easy!
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!
My family loves this crockpot recipe.
Can I cook them on high instead of low?
We made this and absolutely love it even our picky eaters love it.
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!
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.
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!
Thank you Tracey!
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! ?
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!
Too bad I can’t afford ribs!
An excellent recipe! We rate it a 10 out of 10!
Great recipe, i think next time i will add some liquid smoke for a little extra flavor
Meat fell off with delicious flavor
These are so delicious and so easy to make. Definitely my favorite way to make them!
These tasted better than restaurant quality ribs!! I haven’t had ribs in ages that I enjoyed this much! So delicious and easy!!
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.
Ribs are my very favorite and I’ll be making this recipe soon. YUM!
Loved this recipe!
Another great recipe, Carrie. Broiling at the end really makes a difference.
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
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.
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!