Prepped Quick and Easy
Country-style pork ribs are one of my favorite cuts of meat because you get a whole lot more meat on those bones. I’ve kept this recipe simple, using mostly pantry staples and your favorite prepared barbecue sauce—just don’t skip on dry rubbing them before cooking—it makes all the difference!
3 pounds country-style pork ribs
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 (18-ounce) bottle prepared bold barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Generously rub ribs with mixture of paprika, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
Place vegetable oil in a skillet over high heat, until nearly smoking hot. Add ribs, and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. (You can also do this right in the crock of many modern slow cookers by using the cooker’s browning function.)
Add yellow onion to the skillet, remove from heat, and then deglaze the pan with the cider vinegar, scraping any browned bits from the bottom.
Transfer ribs, onions, and all liquid from the skillet to a slow cooker and top with barbecue sauce and minced garlic. Toss ribs to coat with sauce.
Set the cooker to LOW, cover, and let cook 8 hours, or until meat is fork-tender.
Serve ribs drizzled in the sauce.
Depending on the water content of the pork, the sauce may thin out as it cooks. If the sauce is too watery before serving, simply ladle it into a saucepot, and rapidly simmer on the stove until thickened, about 15 minutes.
This and other great recipes can be found in Bob Warden's Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes: