Country-Style Ribs

7:30 - Prep 0:30 / Cook 7:00

Country-style pork ribs are not ribs at all. They’re actually cuts of pork shoulder. These Country-Style Pork Ribs are dry rubbed with a sweet and spicy blend, submerged in a sweet and tangy apple barbecue sauce and smoked low and slow. Like pork shoulder roasts, country-style ribs are inexpensive, meatier than ribs and have sufficient marbling to keep them moist throughout a long day’s smoke. Once they’ve rested from all that smoking, you’ll have pork ribs that are tender and juicy, inside and out.

8-10 Servings


  • 8-10 country-style pork ribs
  • handful oak, hickory or pecan wood chunks
Dry Rub
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground celery seed
BBQ Sauce
  • 3 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 3 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
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1. Preheat your smoker to 275°F and toss a few wood chunks onto hot coals for smoking.
2. Combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, chili powder and celery seed in a medium-size bowl, mixing with your fingers to break up any lumps. Generously apply the rub on all sides of the pork ribs.
3. Place pork ribs in the smoker. Cook until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 170°F on an instant read thermometer, about 3 hours.
4. In a large saucepan, whisk together apple juice, brown sugar, vinegar, butter, tomato sauce & paste, molasses, salt, onion & garlic powder and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer the sauce to an extra-large aluminum foil pan.
5. Once the pork ribs have reached an internal temperature of 170°F, remove from smoker. Submerge them in barbecue sauce in the foil pan and place the pan in the smoker. Cook until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 195°F on an instant read thermometer, about 4 more hours.
6. Remove ribs from smoker and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
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