Here’s an affordable and totally delicious cut of meat that may not be on your radar: Country-style ribs. This boneless cut of meat isn’t actually ribs, but they turn out fork tender and deliciously flavored so you’ll barely know the difference. This BBQ country style ribs recipe is one you’ll make again and again.

Country style ribs: These totally pass for traditional bone-in ribs but are much more affordable. Click through for recipe!

Awhile ago I spotted an unusually cheap cut of meat at my local grocery store’s meat counter: Country-style ribs.

I did a quick Google search and learned that country-style ribs aren’t ribs at all, but rather are cheaper cut of pork shoulder that resembles traditional ribs in shape, taste and texture.

So… fake ribs? I decided to give them a try.

About This Recipe: BBQ Country Style Ribs

If you like oven-baked BBQ pork ribs, then you’ll like this recipe for boneless country-style pork ribs.

Why? Because they taste so much alike when you follow this simple cooking method. 

The meat turns out well seasoned and tender. I served it to dinner guests and they said they liked it just as much as traditional pork ribs. 

But there’s more to love about country pork ribs… 

A Cheaper Alternative To Pork Ribs?

Pork ribs are so delicious – but they’re also on the spendy side when it comes to meat.

Conversely, country style ribs are much more affordable. I’ve found them as cheap as $3.49/lb.

Country style ribs are boneless, so that also keeps the cost lower because you’re not paying for bones. It’s all meat. So if you find baby back ribs for $5.99/lb, part of that weight (and cost) is bones.

If you’re looking to spend less on food – while still eating really tasty food – then you have to give these ribs a try! This is one more affordable recipe that you can add to your dinner rotation.

Country-Style Ribs vs. Regular Ribs

The meat often labeled as “country style ribs” in the grocery store isn’t actually ribs at all. Instead, it is pieces of pork meat roughly shaped like ribs, sliced from the pork shoulder or Boston butt. These pieces are usually boneless, lacking the shoulder bone.

Did you know? Country style ribs are the same meat as what is used to make pulled pork. So if you like pulled pork, you’ll like country-style ribs!

Country-style ribs come from a leaner part of the pig so they’re not quite as fatty and moist as ribs. But with proper cooking and a generous coating of BBQ sauce, there’s nothing not to love about this cheaper rib substitute.

Boneless pork country style ribs: Used to make great BBQ ribs!

How Much To Buy

When shopping for country-style ribs, plan for about 2 to 3 “ribs” per person.

Shopping tip: Look for country-style ribs with a lot of marbling. More fat = more flavor.

How Are Country Ribs Cooked?

Country style ribs can be cooked just like regular ribs – grilled, smoked, braised, oven baked/roasted, etc.

But the easiest method of all – which results in really tasty, flavorful ribs – is oven-baked, BBQ style. This recipe is very simple and involves the following steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 300F. Prepare baking dish by lining it with aluminum foil. Pat meat dry with a paper towel.
  • Season the meat: Use salt, pepper, and a bit of garlic powder and/or your favorite dry rub. Massage it into the meat to ensure every bit of the surface is covered.

How to make BBQ country style ribs: Click through for instructions.

  • Place meat in a baking dish, cover, and bake for 1.5 hours in the oven. These are cooked low and slow, ensuring meat that is fork tender.
  • Remove baking dish from oven, uncover, and top with BBQ sauce. Continue baking for 30 more minutes. Serve with additional barbecue sauce, if desired.

Scroll down for detailed recipe.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

While you can certainly use your favorite BBQ sauce from the store to top these BBQ country style ribs, you can also make your own homemade BBQ sauce with just a few simple ingredients.

This 5-minute BBQ sauce recipe can be made in a few minutes (yes, really) and is somewhat adaptable in terms of what seasonings and spices are added. If you don’t have a particular spice, you can probably leave it out and save a trip to the grocery store. You’ll need:

  • Ketchup
  • Brown sugar and/or honey
  • Red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Spices: Garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle powder (or cayenne or chili powder), black pepper
  • Optional: Soy sauce and/or liquid smoke

BBQ country style ribs: A cheaper (yet delicious) alternative to bone-in ribs.

What To Serve With Country-Style Ribs

Serve prepared country ribs with your favorite sides, similar to what you’d serve with traditional BBQ:

When grocery prices seem to keep rising, it’s good to have a bunch of cheap meal ideas up your sleeve. Add this delicious country-style pork ribs recipe to your dinner rotation.

Country style ribs: These totally pass for traditional bone-in ribs but are much more affordable. Click through for recipe!

Oven-Baked Country Style Ribs

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Use your favorite meat rub or follow the recipe, below.


  • 2.5 to 3 lbs. country style ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2/3 cup BBQ sauce (homemade or store-bought)


  1. Preheat oven to 300F. Prepare a baking dish (8 x 8-inch or 9 x 13-inch) by lining with aluminum foil. Add a drizzle of olive oil to bottom of pan.
  2. Mix spices together. Place ribs in a bowl and sprinkle with spice blend. Massage meat and press in spice blend to ensure all of the meat is coated.
  3. Place meat in a single layer in prepared baking dish. Place fattier side up. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1.5 hours.
  4. Remove pan from oven, remove foil, and pour BBQ sauce over meat. Return to oven and bake for 30 more minutes.

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