Try a New Recipe: Spicy Country Ribs

This is an excellent recipe from Real Simple magazine. In the magazine, they used a canned chipotle pepper, but on the website they used chipotle powder. I vote for the actual chipotle pepper because that’s what we use. We usually use boneless ribs. The broiling at the end is a bit of a pain, but is worth it. We have also not broiled occasionally, but the ribs really are best when you finish them off by broiling. I would also suggest that using 4 pounds of ribs yields a bit more than 4 servings. =) These are delicious, easy to make, and not too spicy for the kids.

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(photo by Susie Cushner)


Slow-Cooker Recipe: Spicy Country Ribs


Yield: 4 servings

These ribs are meatier than baby-backs and tend to have fewer bones. Serve them with biscuits and cole slaw on the side.


1 small onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 chipotle en adobo, minced (these peppers come in a can in the Mexican aisle)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
4 pounds pork country ribs

Combine the onion, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, salt, Worcestershire, chili powder, and oregano in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in the ribs. Cook on low heat for 6 hours, or on high for 3 1/2 hours.

Using tongs, remove the ribs from the cooker and arrange on a broiler pan. Heat the broiler. Pour the juices from the cooker into a bowl and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to hasten the separation of the fat. Remove and discard the fat. Pour the defatted juices into a saucepan; boil over high heat until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Broil the ribs about 6 inches from the heat until browned. Serve with the sauce.

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6 thoughts on “Try a New Recipe: Spicy Country Ribs

  1. While I'm a huge advocate of live fire cooking, I like this recipe. It has good flavors and cooking the pork shoulder (that's were country ribs come from, not actually ribs) over low, long heat cooks them tender. Then the quick "grilling" at the end gives a nice texture outside. Good job!

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