Who needs a grill? You can easily make fall apart tender pork country style ribs in the oven. By boiling them first and finishing in the oven, you cut the cooking time in half! Such a great way to serve up ribs to your friends and family, even on a cold and rainy day.
I do what I can to feed my family of five on a budget. Sometimes we eat all fancy, and sometimes it’s cheap eats. And trying to find a meal that everyone will love on budget, is even more challenging.
One of my favorite “cheap eats” I like to make for my family are fall apart tender pork country style ribs in the oven. When on sale, these ribs can be as cheap as 99¢/pound.
For my big family of 5 picky eaters, that’s some good cheap eats. Everyone loves ribs. And you don’t need a grill to enjoy some barbecue!
Why this recipe is so awesome
First, let’s get something straight. Country style ribs do not come from the ribs. They are boneless strips of pork cut from the pork shoulder. They have some fat to make them tasty, but need to be cooked low and slow to be tender.
Country style ribs can also be cut from the blade end of the pork shoulder. When cut from here, there is some bone in, but you can get it boneless, as well. With some nice fat marbling and cooked properly, they can quite tasty, too.
You think that to enjoy some good barbecue, you need a grill or smoker, but you don’t. Some might think this is cheating, but this method lets you boil the ribs first, then finish cooking it in the oven.
And the result? Some seriously tender and delicious ribs that your whole family can enjoy at a very reasonable price.
Ingredients you need
- Country-style pork ribs: These are inexpensive cuts of pork that are boneless and easy to find. Make a little or a lot.
- Onion: A regular ‘ole brown onion works just fine.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic is best.
- Peppercorns: You can use plain black or assorted peppercorns.
- Bay leaves: Fresh or dried bay leaves can be used.
- Barbecue sauce: You can use homemade barbecue sauce (like my whiskey barbecue sauce) or store bought.
1. Put ribs in large stock pot and add enough water to cover. Add onion, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves then cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.
2. Remove the ribs and spread in one layer on a baking sheet. Coat ribs all over with barbecue sauce. At this point, the ribs can be refrigerated until you are ready to finish cooking them.
3. Cover ribs on a baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for 1 hour. For last 10 minutes of cooking, remove foil. If you want crunchy ends, sit under the broiler for 3-minutes.
Recipe tips and FAQs
Since we’re talking barbecue, let’s talk about all the delicious side dishes you can enjoy with your ribs. Here are some of my favorite eats to enjoy with these ribs:
If you are cooking for a party and need to prepare these ribs in advance, you can refrigerate the ribs after boiling them. Just transfer them to a resealable container, cool them to room temperature and refrigerate up to 3 days before baking.
You can also freeze the leftovers! We like using our vacuum sealer and place the cooked ribs in freezer safe bags. You can freeze the ribs for 3 months. To reheat, you can use the microwave or bake the thawed ribs at 350° oven for 30-40 minutes.
- 4 lb country-style pork ribs
- 1 onion, cut into slices
- 5 garlic cloves, halved
- 1 teaspoon mixed peppercorns
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 ½ cup barbecue sauce, homemade or store bought
- Put ribs in an 8-quart stock pot and add enough water to cover. Add onion, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves to the ribs.
- Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.
- Remove the ribs and spread in one layer on a baking sheet.
- Coat ribs all over with barbecue sauce. At this point, the ribs can be refrigerated until you are ready to finish cooking them.
- To cook in the oven, preheat oven to 350ºF. Cover ribs on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour. For last 10 minutes of cooking, remove foil. If you want crunchy ends, sit under the broiler for 3-minutes.
Cooking Tips: You can also use this technique with baby back ribs. Bake for 45 mins. on 350ºF.
To cook on the grill, after boiling, cook for approximately 20 minutes over medium heat, turning the ribs frequently. Keep a water bottle handy in case of flare ups from pork drippings. Baste the ribs and continue cooking for 10 more minutes, again continually turning the ribs every few minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 830Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 218mgSodium: 1429mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 41gProtein: 61g
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