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BBQ Country Pork Ribs

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Delicious BBQ Country Pork Ribs are slowly baked in the oven and then seared on the grill and slathered in BBQ sauce for the perfect summer grilling recipe!

Have you met “Baby Back’s'” big brother “Country”? I know when it comes to ribs…”nobody puts baby in a corner!” (Let’s spice this post up with a splash of Dirty Dancing quotes!) The problem with this? Baby gets all the attention, and her more mature family member is completely overlooked!

BBQ pork ribs

Which is a crying shame. These big thick meaty Country Pork Ribs are tantalizing and totally unforgettable! They’re Slap Yo’ Mama good! (Only don’t slap your Mama!)

As a bonus… Country Pork Ribs are a lot less costly than their expensive counterpart “Baby Back”! That is a win-win in my check book! (I’m glad something is winning that battle!)

How To Make Country BBQ Pork Ribs

Let’s start with a package of 8-10 country pork ribs. I found mine at Walmart in the mark-downs. $11.00 for all these beauties. WOW! I think any time you can feed 4 adults ribs for $11.00 it’s a BIG DEAL!

TIP: Line a 9 x 13 baking dish. You want a nice deep dish for pre-baking these ribs because there will be a lot of juices from the ribs.

Country pork ribs in a lined casserole dish

Be sure to place the ribs bone side down.

Country Ribs have a big thick bone that runs just along the bottom edge of the rib. It does not cover the entire bottom. Be sure the bone is down and that the ribs are all lined up in a row.

showing how to place the ribs bone down in the casserole dish

Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, and 1 large heaping teaspoon of minced garlic.  Spread the minced garlic all over the top of the ribs.

I’m not going to give you “exact” measurements for the seasonings because I just sprinkled them all over the top of the rib. Season to your taste.

Country pork ribs covered in minced garlic and seasonings

Slice one fresh lemon thinly. Place lemon slices over the top of the pork ribs. Why lemon? Lemon is a natural tenderizer. It breaks down the tough proteins in meat.

How to Cook Country Pork Ribs

Cover with foil and place in a preheated 250° oven for 2 1/2 hours.

ALWAYS cover your slow cooked meat with foil. Why? Because it creates steam which is another tenderizer for meats and allows all the flavor to circulate around the meat. Cooking uncovered dries the meat out.

TIP: Pre cooking poultry and pork allows the meat a more tender consistency than just grilling. It also reduces burning and meat char. 

While the meat is cooking it’s the perfect time to whip up the super easy BBQ sauce for these delicious ribs.

Place the BBQ Sauce, Jam, Water, Worcestershire sauce, and Whiskey (Optional) in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn heat off and allow to cool. It will thicken as it cools. Set aside until ready to BBQ.

Lemon slices on top of the Country Pork Ribs

Remove ribs from oven and let to cool for about 2 hours. This will allow the tender meat to firm up before placing it on the grill.  Before grilling remove lemon slices.

baked Pork Country Ribs

Grilling Country Pork Ribs

Place your cooled meat over a medium high heat grill. Brush both sides of the rib with the homemade BBQ sauce.

Allow meat to cook till a light char forms on the meat, flip and brush other side with BBQ sauce. Remember you are not “cooking” the meat as it is already precooked.  All you are doing is caramelizing the sauce a tad and giving the meat a slight char, and smokey flavor.

These Country Ribs are AMAZING!!!! (Do I have ya drooling yet?) I can’t over state how yummy these ribs are!

Country pork ribs on the grill with BBQ sauce

Make sure the Rib has one last swipe of sauce before you take them off the BBQ. Remove meat from grill and serve with your favorite sides.

Country Pork Ribs with BBQ sauce on a serving platter

I made these Country Ribs for my birthday dinner. My Nest guests raved!

I don’t know why I waited so long to make them. Dad used to make Country Pork Ribs. However, he didn’t pre cook and they were always tough. Pre cooking is essential to this recipe!

The BBQ sauce for these ribs is the perfect combination of tangy and sweet. It’s an amazing flavor combination. Garnish with a few sprigs of Cilantro. They are so gorgeous you don’t need anything else to dress these up.

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Yield: 5 servings

BBQ Country Pork Ribs

BBQ Country Pork Ribs

Tender Meaty Country Pork Ribs are a nice change for your next outdoor BBQ.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes


  • 1 package of Pork Country Ribs (About 8-10 ribs)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coarse Black Pepper - to taste
  • Onion Powder - to taste
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 large lemon, sliced thinly

BBQ Sauce

  • 1 Cup of BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup of Apricot or Peach jam
  • 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of Whiskey (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup of water



  1. Preheat oven to 250°
  2. Place Ribs bone side down in a foil lined 9 x 13 deep baking dish. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and onion powder. Rub 1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic all over the top of the ribs.
  3. Place lemon slices over the top of the ribs. Cover tightly with foil.
  4. Place in preheated 250° and bake for 2 1/2 hours.
  5. Remove from oven, keep covered, and allow to cool for two hours.
  6. Heat grill to medium high heat.
  7. Place ribs on grill, brush with BBQ sauce, and cook until ribs are completely covered in sauce and a light char.
  8. Remove from grill and serve.

BBQ sauce

  1. In a medium sauce pan, place 1 cup of BBQ sauce, 1/2 cup of apricot or peach jam, Worcestershire sauce, water, and whiskey (optional). Bring contents to a boil stirring occasionally. Turn heat off and allow to cool. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

Nutrition Information:


5 servings

Serving Size:

2 Ribs

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 749mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 7g

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Janet Lail

Thursday 5th of September 2019

I don't have a grill either, sadly, so how would I cook them entirely in my oven?

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Thursday 5th of September 2019

Hi Janet! You can make these in the oven. I'd bake them in a casserole dish, covered, on a low temp like 250° for 2-3 hours and then pop them under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp them up! Hope this helps. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! Happy Nesting ~ Norine


Monday 28th of August 2017

Question - Since I don't have a grill - could I bake these in the crock pot (107 is a bit hot to turn on an oven right now) instead? Thanks Kathi

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Tuesday 29th of August 2017

Hi Kathi! Yes! You can make these in the crock pot. My only caution is to be sure to watch that you don't "overcook" them to the point that they are falling apart. You need them to hold their shape and still stick to the rib. If I was cooking them in a crock the way...I completely agree 107 is TOO hot for turning on anything...maybe even back to our topic...I would cook them on low for about 2.5 - 3 hours and then check them. You want them cooked all the way through, but not falling off the bone. Then remove them and allow them to cool and "firm" back up before placing them on the grill. You are going to LOVE these ribs. My family went nuts for them. Hope I helped. Have a great day! Norine

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