Tender and Juicy Oven Roasted Country Style Ribs

Sink your teeth into these mouthwatering oven roasted country style pork ribs and prepare to be amazed. This recipe will show you how to create tender and succulent ribs using just your oven. No need for smokers or grills, just simple ingredients and a little bit of time. Get ready to experience restaurant-quality ribs in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Oven roasted country style pork ribs

What are Country Style Ribs?

Let’s start by clarifying that country style ribs aren’t actually ribs at all. Instead, they are cuts of pork from the shoulder or butt area, which is the same meat used for pulled pork. These cuts are shaped to resemble ribs, making them a delicious alternative. Most country style ribs come boneless, but you might find some with the y-shaped bone from the shoulder/butt roast. Regardless, the meat is well marbled, tender, and incredibly flavorful.

Country style ribs are typically sold in packages of about 8 “ribs” weighing 2-3 lbs. However, the packaging may vary depending on the store. It’s important to look for well-marbled meat, as some country style ribs cut from the loin area can be dry and less flavorful. For a hearty family meal, the standard packages are perfect. If you’re cooking for a larger group, consider purchasing larger packages of more than 3 lbs. As a general rule, two standard-sized country style ribs are the ideal serving size for one person.

What Do You Need to Make This Recipe?

You won’t need any special equipment to make these mouthwatering country style ribs. They can be cooked right in your oven using a 13″ x 9″ glass baking dish. To make cleanup easier, line the dish with aluminum foil. You’ll also need foil to cover the dish while the ribs roast in the oven.

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Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2-3 lbs. of country style pork ribs (butt/shoulder ribs, not loin ribs)
  • Brown sugar
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground mustard
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce

All the ingredients to make oven roasted country style pork ribs

Preparation

Start by mixing all the dry ingredients together in a small bowl to create a flavorful rub. Then, coat all the meat with the rub. The easiest way to do this is by using a large zip-top bag. Simply add the ribs, seasoning, seal the bag, and shake vigorously. Massage the seasoning into the ribs for about a minute, ensuring they are well coated.

Line your glass or oven-safe baking dish with aluminum foil and place the seasoned ribs in the dish, spacing them apart as best as possible. Make sure the fattier side of the ribs is facing up. This allows the moisture from the fat to drip down through the ribs, making them juicy and flavorful. Cover the dish tightly with foil.

Country style pork ribs with seasoning rub

Bake Low and Slow

Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C) and place the covered dish with the ribs inside. Let them roast for 2.5 hours. After this time, the ribs should be incredibly tender and ready to serve as-is. Plate them and pour a little of the juices on top for added flavor. You won’t believe how mouthwatering they are!

If you prefer a caramelized BBQ sauce coating, there’s an optional step. Remove the ribs from the baking dish and transfer them to a shallow foil-lined baking sheet. Brush each rib with your favorite BBQ sauce.

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With the oven set to broil, place the sauced ribs on the baking sheet under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until the sauce starts to caramelize to your liking.

Brushing barbecue sauce onto country style ribs

Ready to Serve

Your tender and delicious country style ribs are now ready to be served. Place them on a plate or platter, allowing everyone to serve themselves. Since these ribs can be quite large, one or two should be plenty. Don’t forget to reserve some of the juices from the dish to pour over each rib, adding extra amazing flavor.

Mouthwatering, tender and delicious BBQ country style ribs

To accompany this dish, consider making our Best Damn Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts or indulging in some flavorful macaroni and cheese with our Best Damn Instant Pot Mac and Cheese. And of course, BBQ pork pairs perfectly with some delicious homemade country coleslaw for a cool and crunchy contrast.

Enjoy your homemade oven roasted country style ribs and savor every tender, juicy bite. For more mouthwatering recipes and BBQ inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.