I haven’t had country-style ribs for a while and decided I needed to buy them for my husband, since it’s one of his favorite things I make. The slow cooker is the perfect appliance to cook these puppies…they do great being left on LOW all day long. The collagen is converted to gelatin and they are fork tender. By taking the time to brown them and dredge them in flour, the sauce is nice and thick and the color, texture, and flavor of the ribs is to die for. I opted to leave out the brown sugar that is usually included in this type of recipe, since I’m not that big of a fan of sweet in my meat…BUT I bet for those of you who like that sort of thing adding a tablespoon of brown sugar would be perfect.
Recipe for Slow Cooker Fork Tender Country-Style Ribs with BBQ Sauce
Makes 4-6 servings
Ideal slow cooker size: 5 quart
Cooking time: 7-9 hours
2 lbs pork boneless country-style ribs
3 Tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 Tbsp oil
Cayenne pepper (optional)
1. Heat oil in a pan on the stove over medium heat. While oil is heating, dredge the ribs in flour (I used about 1/4 cup total). When oil is warm brown the ribs for about 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Place ribs in the slow cooker.
2. Combine BBQ sauce, paprika, salt and pepper and pour over the ribs. Coat the ribs with the sauce.
3. Cover and cook on LOW for about 7-9 hours. Ribs should be fork tender. If you want a little heat, add in cayenne pepper to taste.