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BBQ Country Ribs

I created this country ribs recipe many years ago when I adapted a sauce I saw in a magazine. The original called for much more oil. I usually triple the sauce and keep some in my freezer to use on chicken, beef or pork. —Barbara Gerriets, Topeka, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 cup each water and ketchup
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional


  • Place ribs in an 11x7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with liquid smoke if desired and salt. Add water to pan. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add the remaining sauce ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Drain ribs; top with half of the barbecue sauce. Cover and bake 1 hour longer or until meat is tender, basting every 20 minutes. Serve with remaining sauce.
    Freeze option: Place cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounce-weight: 292 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 668mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • Gramma Amy
    May 21, 2020

    My family loved these ribs. Country ribs with the bone worked as well. I baked in the oven as the recipe stated, beginning with the water process which keeps them tender and removes some of the fat. I made a couple personal changes to the sauce: used brown sugar instead of white, and added 1 tsp smoked Paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and a few drops of Hot pepper sauce since we like a slight zip. The sauce was so good. Will definitely make this again.

  • dschultz01
    Feb 21, 2016

    I really liked the taste of the sauce, but the meat was kind dry. This might be because I followed the advice of other reviewers and baked it uncovered for the last 40 minutes. I would probably leave it covered next time, and maybe even reduce the oven temp.

  • tstreich
    May 26, 2013

    These ribs came out so tender and I know I've had problems with dried out country style ribs in the past. I did drop the temp. to 325 and baked for 1-1/2 hours, then topped with sauce and followed another review and did 20 minutes covered, uncovered and basted 20 minutes and basted 20 minutes. I think that last 40 minutes uncovered as long as your basting regularly (and turning) gave them a more solid outside texture and not a mushy texture. We will definitely make these again and I'll watch for the sales on these ribs which I've ignored for many years.

  • DeHamm1100
    Apr 23, 2013

    Prepared the sauce at night, the next morning, put everything in the slow cooker on Low before going to work. Great flavor, not too sweet or too spicy. Meat just falls apart. Family loved it!

  • ConnieK
    Jul 6, 2012

    These are the best. The sauce is simple to make and very tasty. The first time I made them I replaced the cover after each 20 minute basting and I thought they were a little on the soggy side. I wanted something more like what you would get in a restaurant. So when making them after that, I put the cover back on only for the first 20 minutes. I then removed the cover and basted them, baked for 20 minutes and then turned them, basted again and baked them for the final 20 minutes. The ribs were a little firmer (still falling apart) and the sauce was thicker and stuck to the ribs better (like in a restaurant). Really great like that!!!!

  • mhamby1971
    Jun 7, 2012

    made this tonight for dinner and it was a huge hit! I added honey to the sauce as others had and it really turned out great!

  • fayverlee
    Jan 25, 2012

    We have wowed our company on a number of occasions and will continue to do so. Easy to prepare and goes with most sides.

  • krisjeffery1
    Jan 24, 2012

    Making again for the second time tonight. Great flavor, meat simply fell apart it was so tender. I made a triple batch for a large crowd the first time I made this and the meat that was cooking in the glass pan was much more tender than that in the metal pan. Will make this over and over again. Everyone wanted the recipe.

  • shecooksalot
    Aug 23, 2011

    These ribs were so good! I am usually not a fan of country style pork ribs, but this recipe has totally changed my mind. The ribs were very tender and the sauce delicious! Even the picky eaters in the family wanted more! Will definately make again and again!

  • TarrahS
    Dec 29, 2010

    These ribs are wonderful! ANd the sauce was so good that I often just make it by itself to go on chicken and other meals! The only thing that I changed was the cooking time. I cooked mine for 4 hours total and they were bascially falling apart and were so juicy and tender! Great recipe thanks for sharing :)