SLOW COOKER COUNTRY STYLE RIBS
These simple slow cooker country style ribs are coated with a fantastic dry rub, then cooked for hours until they’re fall-off-the-bone tender. These country style ribs in the crock pot require very little effort to prepare and always a hit at any get-together.
I consider myself an expert when it comes to ribs! Not only have I eaten my fair share but I’ve also experimented with lots of different methods and used pork ribs and beef ribs!
Cooking country style ribs in the slow cooker is one of my favorites. Not only is it easy, but they taste so tender, juicy, and flavorful. Each bite is simply delicious
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make the slow cooker ribs dry rub that helps make these slow cooker country style ribs turn out so delicious.
You’ll find everything you need at your local grocery store in just a few minutes. See the recipe card at the end of the post for exact quantities.
Ribs: You can use back, side, or boneless pork ribs.
- BBQ sauce: You can use any brand or flavor you enjoy.
- Rub for the ribs: It’s made with a blend of spices including smoked paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper or red pepper flakes.
WHAT KIND OF RIBS TO COOK IN THE SLOW COOKER?
Here’s a quick look at the ribs you can use for cooking in the slow cooker.
- Country Style Pork Ribs: Contrary to their name, country style ribs aren’t ribs at all. They get their name because their flavor and texture is almost identical to ribs. These “ribs” come from the shoulder blade. Their meat-to-fat ratio is perfect for the traditional low and slow method of cooking pork ribs.
If you prefer to use other ribs, here are a few other options:
- Baby Back Ribs: These are the most commonly available variety of pork ribs. They make an affordable option while they are lean and meaty with just a little cartilage.
- Pork Spareribs or Side Ribs: These are big and fatty, with the least amount of meat of any kind of pork rib. But that’s great because all that fat makes the meat that is on them exceptionally tender, juicy, and flavorful especially when slow-cooked in your Crockpot.
- St. Louis Style Ribs: St. Louis ribs are flatter ribs and have more meat on the top side of the bone. These ribs are usually trimmed and squared off to make a rectangle. They’re super tender when cooked low and slow for a long period of time.
SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS
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