Literally the Best Pork Ribs Ever

So it’s been a while since I posted. Life gets in the way sometimes. Between training for a mud race, training for a half-marathon, and a two week trip home to PA, I have been a very busy girl. Oh yeah and that other stuff, like my kid, husband, dog, broken lawnmowers, endless laundry… the list goes on.

Being busy makes me hungry. And when I am hungry I want a really hearty meal but don’t want to invest a lot of time or effort. This recipe is my go-to recipe for busy days. It takes 15 minutes during the morning and 15 minutes in the evening. It can be done in a Dutch oven or crock pot.

So, I thought I would share this customizable recipe with you because maybe you are busy too! Or maybe not and you are just looking for a the perfect way to impress someone with your cooking skills. Because this is really easy to make and you should definitely do it. Now.

The Best Pork Rib Recipe Ever

You will need:

  • About 3 lbs. bone-in country style pork ribs (or similar cut)
  • one small onion, chopped
  • a few tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • Liquid (water, tomato juice, beer, etc… more on that later)


1. In a cast iron Dutch oven or frying pan, heat a few tbsp. olive oil over medium high heat. Saute onion until soft.

2. In the same pan, lightly brown both sides of the pork ribs.

3. If you are using a Dutch oven, congrats. Skip this step. If you are using a frying pan, transfer onions and pork into a crock pot.

4. Pour one cup of barbecue sauce over pork.

5. Now is the time to customize it if you wish.

a. If you want to keep it simple, add just enough water to cover the pork.

b. Add one can of tomato juice, then add additional water to cover the pork.

c. Add one can or bottle of beer, then add additional water to cover the pork.

6. Turn heat on high until liquid begins to simmer. Once it simmers, reduce heat to low and cover. Or if you are using a crock pot, just turn it on low.

7. Cook for 4-6 hours or until the pork is extremely tender and falls of the bone easily.

8. When the pork is done cooking, remove pork from liquid. Set aside.

9. In the Dutch oven, turn the heat on high. Boil of the majority of the liquid until it regains a consistency similar to the original barbecue sauce. If you used a crock pot, you will have to move the liquid to a sauce pan before reducing it.

10. Pour the sauce over the pork.

This time I made mine with some home-canned tomato juice and a southern style barbecue sauce. My favorite sides for it are rice or egg noodles, but this time I served it with cheesy grits and it was amazing!


Let me know if you give this a shot and what your combinations you tried! I hope you enjoy it as much a my family does.



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