So satisfying! These boneless smoked country style ribs are tender, meaty, and will be your new favorite cut of pork perfection.
Smoke something out of this world with just 4 ingredients!
Made with pork ribs, these ribs come together with bbq dry rub, your favorite bbq sauce, and apple juice.
Country Style Pork Ribs Recipe
Country-style ribs are fall-apart tender and a great alternative to traditional ribs.
These ribs are on the cheaper side if you are looking to save a buck or two, easy to make on a pellet grill, Traeger grill, charcoal grill (or any grill really), and SO SO SO good.
Without a doubt, this recipe will be your new favorite way to eat and enjoy a cut of pork!
Ingredients for Smoked Country Style Ribs
Meat: For this recipe, I used 5 lbs of country-style pork ribs. As I said, this is a great way to enjoy pork, however, if pork isn’t your style or flavor, there are a few substitutions. Consider swapping out the pork ribs for beef ribs like baby back ribs, short ribs, or plate ribs.
BBQ Dry Rub: You can’t make ribs without 3 tbsp of my favorite store-bought dry rub recipe.
Optional: ½ cup of Apple Juice or apple cider vinegar. Now, I say this is optional, but really, it shouldn’t be. The apple juice adds a hint of apple flavor. However, the most important thing is, that it creates steam under the foil so your ribs don’t dry out. If you don’t have apple juice or don’t want to use apple juice, I suggest using water.
How to Make Smoked Country Ribs
Prep the grill. Set up the grill or smoker for dual zone cooking with all the coals on one side. Aim for a pit temp of around 300-325 degrees F.
Prep the meat. Season the country ribs liberally on all sides with your favorite bbq dry rub then let sit for about 20-30 minutes while the grill is heating up.
Cook the ribs. Place the country ribs on the grill away from the heat source (we are cooking with indirect heat here) and cook for about 2 hours.
Spray and continue to cook. After the ribs have cooked for 2 hours, you are going to want to spray them with cooking oil then flip the ribs over and continue to smoke for 2 more hours.
Transfer to aluminum pan and continue cooking. After another 2 hours have passed, you are going to pull them out and transfer the pork ribs to a 9×13 aluminum pan and pour in apple juice (optional) cover with foil and continue to cook for 90-120 minutes until the country ribs reach about 200 degrees Fahrenheit and are tender.
Brush with sauce and let caramelize. Remove the ribs from the pan and place them back on the grill. Brush with bbq sauce and cook for about 15 minutes until the sauce carmelizes on the ribs.
Enjoy! Serve immediately and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks for making Smoked Country Style Ribs
Turn them into sliders: These boneless pork ribs are great for sliders so be sure to serve them with some rolls.
Optional Seasonings: Consider adding other or different seasonings to the mix like garlic powder, black pepper, brown sugar, salt, olive oil, and Worchestershire sauce.
What to serve with Smoked Country Style Ribs
With a classic favorite like ribs, serve up classic side dishes for an all-American meal!
Some of my favorite dishes to pair with ribs include White Cheddar Mashed Potato Casserole, Sheet Pan Green Beans Almondine with Bacon, Homemade Batter Rolls, and Grilled Red Cabbage with Curry Yogurt Sauce!
What’s the Difference Between Country Style Ribs and Spare Ribs?
When comparing ribs, you will want to understand the cut and where the meat is coming from.
When it comes to country style ribs, there will be a lot of meat on the bones. This cut will usually come with one or two bones in the meat.
Spare ribs come from further down on the pig. These ribs are very popular but have less meat on the bones in comparison to country style.
How long should I smoke my country-style ribs?
The smoke time on this recipe is 6 hours; so plan accordingly. You can smoke for a total of 7 hours, but that is the max, and honestly, I don’t recommend it.
I find that the 6-hour mark is the sweet spot.
Aluminum Foil: Keep this handy to cover the ribs.
Paper Towel: I always keep paper towels handy to clean up the messes I’m bound to make!
Wood Chips: I get this question a lot, “What flavor chips did you use?” I always use a blend because it is easier. However, if you are looking for some specific recommendations on the flavor you can use oak wood, cherry wood, applewood, and hickory wood for a great smoky flavor.
Foil Pan: When you transfer the ribs you are going to need a large pan. I suggest using a rectangular pan. You can find these at any grocery store.
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Boneless Smoked Country Style Pork Ribs
- Set up the grill or smoker for dual zone cooking with all the coals on one side. Aim for a pit temp of around 300-325 degrees F.
- Season the Country ribs liberally on all sides with your favorite bbq dry rub then let sit for about 20-30 minutes while the grill is heating up.
- Place the country ribs on the grill away from the heat source. Cook for about 2 hours then spray with cooking oil then flip the ribs over. Smoke for 2 more hours.
- Transfer the pork ribs to a 9×13 aluminum pan and pour in apple juice (optional) cover with foil and continue to cook for 90-120 minutes until the country ribs reach about 200 degrees F. and are tender.
- Remove the ribs from the pan and place them back on the grill. Brush with bbq sauce and cook for about 15 minutes until the sauce carmelizes on the ribs.