Country-Style Barbecue Ribs

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours


10 servings

Updated: Aug. 17, 2023
These ribs get a good sear under the broiler, then go into the slow cooker to become fall-apart tender. Enjoy them with great sides or shredded on a bun. Either way, they're the most amazing ribs you'll ever have. —Shannon Copley, Upper Arlington, Ohio


  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 cup amber beer or reduced-sodium chicken broth


  1. Preheat broiler. Mix first 9 ingredients. Place pork in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. pan; rub generously with seasonings. Broil 4-5 in. from heat until browned, 2-3 minutes per side.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Whisk together barbecue sauce and beer; pour over ribs. Cook, covered, on low until tender, 3-4 hours.
  3. Remove ribs. Reserve 2 cups cooking juices; discard remaining juices. Skim fat from reserved juices. Serve with ribs.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Country-style are the meatiest of all pork ribs.
  • Look for highly marbled ribs; they might be labeled pork shoulder country-style ribs. Country-style ribs from the loin are leaner and won’t be as tender and moist.
  • Amber beers are fairly light with a hint of fruitiness that compliments the smoky flavors in the sauce.

  • Not sure which brand of BBQ sauce to buy? Check out the brands our editors and the Taste of Home Test Kitchen recommend.

    Nutrition Facts

    1 serving: 393 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 1098mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 33g protein.