Super Easy Country-Style Ribs Recipe
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Super Easy Country-Style Ribs Recipe

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Growing up, our mom made sweet, tangy ribs. How I loved coming home from church to the delicious aroma as soon as I walked through the door. —Stephanie Loaiza, Layton, UT
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, mix ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, seasoned salt and, if desired, liquid smoke. Add ribs; turn to coat. Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove pork to a serving plate. Skim fat from cooking liquid. If desired, transfer to a small saucepan to thicken. Bring to a boil; cook 12-15 minutes or until sauce is reduced to 1-1/2 cups. Serve with ribs.
    To make ahead: In a large resealable plastic freezer bag, combine ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, seasoned salt and, if desired, liquid smoke. Add pork; seal bag and freeze. To use, place filled freezer bag in refrigerator 48 hours or until ribs are completely thawed. Cook as directed.
    Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Super Easy Country-Style Ribs in Simple & Delicious December/January 2015

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rednibs44 User ID: 5119051 254662
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2016

"These were excellent! I Have made these a few times now and they really are super easy to prepare and are very tasty! (I love how many people comment that clearly CAN'T READ a recipe. You DON"T freeze them if you are making them at the present time.)"

slocook805 User ID: 7734059 246248
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

"These are very tender and full of flavor. I always add a couple of cloves of minced garlic to the sauce when I make it. Once you have tried these with liquid smoke (I use Wrights Liquid Smoke) it will be a staple in your kitchen. You really do get that authentic BBQ'd over wood flavor whether it's beef, pork, chicken or whatever."

mich1dan2eli3 User ID: 7788024 246247
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

"I wish people would read the recipes. It did not say you had to freeze it. It said if you want to put it all together (not cooked) and put in freezer bag and freeze until you are ready to cook it. Then unthaw and cook as directed. I have not made this but it sounds very good."

swirl1008 User ID: 2104722 243864
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"It explicitly says TO MAKE AHEAD you freeze per her directions. Otherwise you DO NOT FREEZE. I don't know what recipe all the people who think she said you have to freeze are reading!"

SHOK User ID: 5616182 238463
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"Duh, it's not "necessary" to freeze it to make it! You only do that if you want to make it ahead for some other time! Just follow the ordinary directions without the freezing! Would not recommend thawing in crockpot as you cook, because it makes the crockpot work so much harder, and also can turn meat tougher. And no, I have not made this yet, but am giving it a 5-star rating because my mother-in-law has made a recipe almost identical to this for years and it is delicious! Get bone-in and try grilling them also! Wonderful!!!!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 235480
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

"So easy! I omitted liquid smoke & didn't bother with skimming fat or thickening juices.

- Theresa"

crabbyann40 User ID: 4922454 231468
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

"mcowen, reread the recipe, your the one in the wrong."

roypayne User ID: 8333265 231371
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"She clearly says to "Add pork; seal bag and freeze". I don't know if its necessary because I have not yet tried the recipe, so I rated it in the middle in order to submit the review. I would like to hear from someone who has tried it both with and without the freezing step."

mcowen User ID: 6335764 231359
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"Psaner and Gayle, why would you rate the recipe with 1 star without even trying it? She never said a thing about freezing it. She simply used a Freezer bag, perhaps because it is stronger than Storage, to marinate the ribs. The rating is unfair and not necessary."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 227501
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"Good stuff!!!"

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