Slow-Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Country Ribs

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins

Start these ribs in the morning, and they'll be perfectly tender by dinnertime.


  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ½ cup packed light-brown sugar

  • ½ cup cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 4 pounds country-style pork ribs, separated into single ribs

  • Barbecue sauce, for serving (optional)


  1. In slow cooker, whisk together ketchup, sugar, vinegar, mustard powder, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

  2. Add ribs to slow cooker, and toss with sauce. Arrange ribs, bone side up, in a single row. Cover; cook on high, 6 hours (or on low, 10 hours).

  3. Serve ribs drizzled with pan juices and, if desired, barbecue sauce.

Cook's Notes

Oven method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In step 1, use a 5-quart Dutch oven or ovenproof pot with a tight-fitting lid; add 1 cup water. Cover; bake until ribs are tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Proceed with step 3.

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