Melt in your mouth Cider Braised Country Ribs are perfect for Sunday dinner with leftovers for Monday lunch. Simple but impressive!
I have been posting plenty of crock pot recipe lately. Why because that is all I hear from parents is they want more crock pot dishes. Who doesn’t. It is one of the easiest ways to get a decent meal on the table during the busy weeknights. So that is why I try to post so many easy recipes. I have plenty more in my recipe post queue. I think I might change my Crock Pot Recipe page name to “Crockpotaholic” a phrase coined by my partner over at #Throwback Thursday Alli @ Tornadough Alli.
But this post is more for Sunday Supper and Monday leftovers. My Cider Braised Country Ribs could be cooked in the crock pot, but I don’t think you would get the same richness in flavors.
Okay, so technically this recipe is not braised. What I mean by this is to save time, I did not sear or brown the country ribs before I added the liquid. I also did not bring the meat and the liquid to a boil before I started the long braising process. Browning the meat would give the dish a more intense flavor, but I take care of that with the sauce I make with the cooking liquid. Oh my this reduction sauce is incredible!
To make the Cider Braised Country Ribs I used about 4 pounds of boneless country ribs trimmed of the excessive fat. Put these in a roasting pan, seasoned with Western Barbecue Spice from Trade East purchased at Gordon Food Service. I had purchased this spice earlier in the year when I had to cook 15 slabs of ribs. To substitute, use 1 tsp each salt, smoked paprika, garlic, sugar, powdered onion and 1/4 tsp red pepper. Rub evenly over meat. Add onion, pepper and cider. Cover and cook. To make the cider onion reduction; after meat is cooked, discard peppers and strain cooking liquid reserving onions and 2 cups of liquid. In a medium pot, add onions, cooking liquid, grape jelly and sweet and spicy BBQ sauce such as Sweet Baby Rays. You can substitute any BBQ sauce. Stir together and bring to boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20-30 minutes until reduced by at least half and thickened. Brush cider reduction sauce over ribs and place under broiler for 5 minutes until bubbly and starting to caramelize. Serve with remaining sauce and my Baked Spanish Rice recipe.
- 4-5 lbs boneless pork country ribs
- Western Style BBQ Seasoning
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 onion halved and sliced thin
- 1 bell pepper sliced (Optional)
- 2.5-3 cups apple cider or juice
- 1 tbsp grape jelly
- 1 tbsp Sweet Baby Rays Sweet and Spicy BBQ sauce
- Pre-heat oven to 325°
- Place ribs in a roasting pan and season with Western Style BBQ Seasoning and salt.
- Rub evenly over meat.
- Add onion, pepper and cider and stir.
- Cover and cook 2 hours.
- After meat is cooked, discard peppers and strain cooking liquid reserving onions and 2 cups of liquid.
- In a medium pot add onions, cooking liquid, grape jelly and BBQ sauce.
- Whisk together and bring to boil, reduced by at least have and thickened.
- Brush cider reduction sauce over ribs and place under broiler for 5 minutes until bubbly and starting to caramelize.
- Serve with remaining sauce.
- To make in crock pot, follow directions above but place ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.
- Make reduction sauce as directed.
First published by Quinn Caudill for DadWhats4Dinner.com ©2015
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