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A white platter with a stack of country-style pork ribs next to two glasses of iced tea.

Country-Style Pork Ribs

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American Southern
Keyword: country pork ribs, country style pork ribs in oven, how to cook country-style pork ribs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 935kcal
Country-Style Pork Ribs are really not ribs, but wow, are they amazingly delicious. Be sure to seek out country-style pork ribs, and don't use spare ribs or baby back ribs. This recipe delivers incredibly tender pork with a tangy and slightly sweet sauce that is off-the-charts delicious.
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  • Large roasting pan.


  • 8 lbs country-style pork ribs bone-in
  • Salt and pepper
  • cup water
  • cup apple cider vinegar

For the Sauce

  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup dark corn syrup
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • cup green bell pepper chopped
  • cup onion chopped


  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the ribs and place them in a large roasting pan. Add the water and apple cider vinegar and then cover with foil. Place in the oven for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, heat the sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • Remove the pan from the oven. Very carefully remove the foil (watch out for hot steam escaping!). Use a spatula to carefully remove the ribs from the pan onto a platter. Discard the liquid in the pan. Return the ribs to the pan and then pour the sauce all over the ribs and place back in the oven (still at 300°F), uncovered, for another hour.
  • Remove from the oven. Carefully transfer the ribs to a platter. Pour the sauce into a gravy boat. Serve at once, passing gravy at the table.



Be sure to seek out country-style pork ribs!  You can usually find them in the meat department of most well-stock supermarkets, or at your local butcher.  Spare ribs or baby back ribs will not yield the same fork-tender results with this recipe.
Boneless country-style ribs are perfectly fine.  Reduce the cooking time to 90 minutes for the initial roasting.
You can eyeball the water/vinegar mixture that goes into the roasting pan.  You want the liquid to go up to about a ½-inch in the pan and against the ribs. 
The cooked "ribs" can be reheated in a 300°F oven wrapped in foil for about 30 minutes, or until warmed through.  Warm the sauce in a small saucepan on the stove. 


Calories: 935kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 77g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 291mg | Sodium: 773mg | Potassium: 1680mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 5mg