South Carolina-Style Ribs Recipe
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South Carolina-Style Ribs Recipe

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This recipe makes some of the best country-style pork ribs you'll ever eat, especially when cooked on a grill. We use the same sauce on barbecued chicken, too. —Karen Conklin, Supply, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 4 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  1. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces. Place ribs meat side up in a roasting pan. Cover and bake at 325° for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until tender; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until slightly reduced.
  3. Brush sauce over ribs. Bake, uncovered, for 30-45 minutes longer or until ribs are glazed, basting occasionally. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as South Carolina-Style Ribs in Country April/May 2004, p49

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amk4985 107675
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

"Great recipe!! Very tasty!"

Myra Fain 138664
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"Delicious! My friends were amazed at how tasty the ribs and sauce were! Definitely a do over!!"

jmkasprak 136243
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"When I mixed the ingredients for the sauce together, I realized this was the strong Carolina mustard-vinegar style sauce that I don't care for but my husband loves. As a compromise, I added 8 oz tomato sauce and 1/4 c brown sugar. We were both happy with the results ... tangy but sweet, and the mustard flavor was still prominent. Excellent."

LoriAnnSeethaler 205903
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

"I am canadian so this was my first taste of carolina ribs - WOW!!! This is our new favourite rib recipe - the whole family adored it!!!"

Summy 136240
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2008

"I have made these ribs more times than I can count. Reserve some of the sauce for dipping while you eat. It's sooooo good. I love to have my volunteers over for brunch after my work on Saturday, so I've even wrapped the ribs in non-stick foil, baked at around 290 for three to four hours while I'm working, open the foil when I get home, pour in the sauce, wrap tightly and bake for another hour until company arrives. Everyone agrees, these are the best!"

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