How to Make Delicious Country Style Ribs Step by Step

Make Delicious Country Style Ribs Step by Step

Any night of the week deserves a great serving of delicious finger-licking food. Recipe for country style ribs is an easy, convenient meal for family and friends.

It is an excellent choice for baking to perfection with your favorite barbecue sauce and spicy rub. Moreover, you can pair it with any side dishes you want. 

Dinner is yet to serve, so let's get cracking!


What are Country Style Ribs?

A surprising revelation – these aren't even ribs. Country-style ribs are pork/beef chops from the shoulder. It is cut from the blade end of the loin that is close to the pork shoulder.

However, these types of ribs are meatier compared to regular ribs. Also, they have no rib bones, but they contain parts of the shoulder blade.

Moreover, they have a beautiful marbling layer of fat, which makes sure the meat stays moist in the slow cooking process. If the fat is rendered, you will find juicy and tender meat.

What Goes with Ribs?

Whether grilled, smoked, or baked, ribs demand total attention while eating. However, ribs can often be sweet, tangy, and full of delicious rich fat, so you need something to balance that out.

Some certain side dishes reset your taste buds so that you can tackle more pile of ribs. 

  • Classic Macaroni and Cheese: It is quite versatile as it can act as a creamy stovetop dish or as a crunchy element if baked with panko breadcrumbs.
  • Green Beans and Bacon: A super easy dish with fresh green beans, garlic, and bacon bits that brings a clean and crisp flavor.
  • Mashed Potatoes: For a fancy spoonful, roast some garlic in oil and mix it with salt, milk, and mashed potatoes. Add more seasonings for more flavor.
  • Herbed Potato Salad: This tangy herbed dressing of shallot and Dijon vinaigrette with tarragon, dill, and parsley cuts through the richness of the ribs and balances your palate.
  • Crispy Corn Fritters: For a crispy side dish, you can take fresh kernels off the cob and fold it through cornmeal batter with scallions and cayenne, then fry it to a crisp and golden brown.
  • Grilled Whole Corn: Grilled corn on the cob also works excellent with ribs. Just spread basil butter on top and sprinkle with some flaky salt for a simple yet sophisticated side dish.
  • Corn and Tomato Coleslaw: Veggies are great to refresh your palate and even better with a dressing of lime, garlic, and mustard. Mix it with green cabbage, fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, and sprinkle chopped cilantro.

What Sauces and Rubs to Use?

BBQ sauces and barbecue rubs vary from region to region. Your meat can be tangy, spicy, or even fruity, depending on your mixture.

Usually, dry rubs are lathered on to ribs prior to cooking. Then the sauce is either applied during cooking or after fully cooked.

Dry Rubs:

  • A mixture of salt, cayenne, black pepper, onion and garlic powder, oregano, celery seed and paprika.
  • Another one with salt, pepper, Creole seasoning, thyme, and Dijon mustard.
  • Combination of cumin, paprika, granulated onion and garlic, chili powder, brown sugar, kosher salt, cayenne, black and white pepper.

For more earthy flavor, you can add fresh, dried herbs.


  • A mixture of tomato paste, vinegar, horseradish.
  • Yellow mustard, honey, sugar, vinegar, and basic spices.
  • Ketchup, molasses, cayenne or crushed red pepper flakes and liquid smoke.

How Long to Cook Country Style Ribs?

To achieve delicious moist and tender meat, you can cook the ribs in the oven.

It can get tricky while slow cooking. As it is time-consuming, you need to make sure you are doing the cooking part accurately. Otherwise, if you miss a step, you will have to redo the whole process, which is more time-consuming.

  • Firstly, take a baking pan and cover it with foil paper.
  • Cook the ribs in the oven for about an hour inside the foil.

During slow cooking, the fat renders smoothly and keeps the meat moist throughout the cooking process. Fatty liquid also adds more flavor to your meat.

  • After an hour, take off the foil paper from the top.
  • After uncovering the ribs, let it cook for another 30 minutes.

When you uncover the meat, the heat directly hits the meat. This process reduces the liquid and browns the meat nicely to jam more flavor as well as give a beautiful presentation to your meat.

How to Cook Country Style Ribs: Step by Step

There are many methods for elevating the flavor in your meat before or even after cooking.

For instance, you can smoke the meat beforehand, just grill or bake the ribs, or better yet do all three in one cooking. It's your choice.

After you are done deciding, let's get to the steps to make it happen.

  • First of all, you need to preheat the oven at 375 degree F.
  • Meanwhile, line a large rimmed roasting or baking pan with foil.
  • If you have been marinating your ribs with your preferred dry rubs, then let it sit for its estimated time before placing it in the prepared pan.
  • If you only intend to sprinkle some spices over, then arrange the ribs in the pan before.
  • Then sprinkle all over with freshly ground black pepper, kosher salt, and garlic pepper or your preferred mixture of herbs and spices and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • After the marinating, bake the ribs straightaway for about 1 to 1 ½ hour. Just make sure the ribs are tender then take it out off the oven.
Recipe for Country Style Ribs

To be noted, if you intend to cook it all the way in the oven, then follow the instructions mentioned above in “how long to cook country style ribs” section for precision.

  • However, if you plan on grilling afterward, then simmer your sauce for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your grill for the ribs.
  • Then remove the ribs from the pan and brush with the sauce.
  • You need to grill the ribs over direct heat, basting, and frequently turning for at least 15 minutes or until it is browned.

Additional Tips and Notes

  • When you are buying packaged country ribs, make sure all are in similar sizes for even cooking.
  • For guests, it's better to be generous and serve two ribs per person.
  • If the ribs are boneless, cover them with foil to keep moisture inside and not let the ribs dry out.
  • While grilling, make sure the surface temperature is 450.
  • Do not mix up boneless and bone-in country-style ribs as they need to be cooked differently.
  • Low and slow cooking is the best choice for this type of rib.
  • Rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Time to Dine with Ribs:

Once you start making Country Style Ribs, you cannot stop. For every other night or a weekend gathering, ribs will turn out to be the way you want with all its tangy, creamy tastiness and tender and juicy meatiness.

So, call over your friends and family and show them your newly learned pro dish. Good luck.

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Theresa Lori

Hi, I'm Theresa. My passion for grilling delicacy gradually built during the time I was living with my parents. My family members especially my mother was a great fan of grilled dishes to and from the love of food. I started preparing smoked food with my mom. This bonding helped me to know more and more about to smoke, grill what always I share on So, in two words you can call me a BBQ lover.

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