I'm excited to share this gourmet BBQ Country Spare Ribs recipe with you. What began as an experiment turned out to be the best barbeque sauce I've ever tasted. The leftovers yield tastebud-exploding pulled pork BBQ that will leave you begging for more!
Country-style ribs aren't actually ribs. They are pork chops cut from the front of the loin near the shoulder. The attached bone is usually the shoulder blade. Country style ribs are meatier, yet less fatty than other rib cuts.
Packaged country-style ribs typically contain various sizes and thicknesses, making it difficult to cook to an even level of doneness. For this reason it is best to cook spare ribs in the slow cooker. Doing so will yield fall-off-the-bone meat infused with flavor.
The Sweet and Tart BBQ County Spare Ribs were served with homemade garlic, green onion, parmesan mashed potatoes; green beans with Canadian bacon; and Jalapeno corn muffins.
Keep an eye out at the grocery store and stock up on country-style spare ribs. These ribs generally sell for $3 to $4 per pound. Our grocer recently had them on sale for $1.99 pound. We purchased a 5-pound package and divided it in half. The entire meal cost less than $10 for two.
Gourmet Sweet and Tart BBQ Country-style Spare Ribs Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
2-1/2 to 3 pounds Country-style Spare Ribs
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 onion, quartered and sliced into 1/4-inch strips
1/3 cup Tamari Sauce (can substitute with Soy Sauce)
1/2 cup bottled Ketchup
1 Tablespoon prepared Mustard
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Celery Seed
Dash of salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)
- Trim excess fat from ribs.
- In a 12-inch round skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it begins to evaporate from the pan.
- Carefully add ribs and sear for 3 minutes per side.
- Transfer to slow cooker Crockpot.
- Place onion slices on top of ribs.
- Mix sauce ingredient together and pour over onions and ribs.
- Cover and cook over high heat for one hour.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook for one hour.
- Reduce heat to low and cook for four hours.
- Transfer to serving dish or individual plates and serve immediately.