Prep 15 mins
Cook 4 hrs 30 mins
Make an old-fashioned country-style dinner in your slow cooker. Tart apples and saucy pork ribs make a sweet barbecue dinner. A splash of bourbon adds smoky flavor to this slow cooker recipe.
- 5 lbs country-style pork ribs
- ground black pepper
- 1 cup apple jelly
- 3⁄4 cup Bourbon
- 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup bottled barbecue sauce
- 1⁄2 cup cider vinegar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
- 3 medium tart cooking apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
- Season ribs with salt and pepper; place in a 6-quart slow cooker.
- In a medium bowl whisk together jelly, bourbon, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, vinegar, and the 1/2 teaspoon thyme. Pour bourbon mixture over ribs in the cooker.
- Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 hours or on high-heat setting for 1-1/2 hours.
- Add apples to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours more or on high-heat setting for 1-1/2 to 2 hours more or until apples and ribs are tender.
- To serve, transfer ribs to a serving platter. Strain cooking liquid and serve with ribs.
Wow, this was great. I used red delicious apples as that is what we had in the fridge. It turned out wonderful!!!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. Made for PRMR!!!
"Whoop-whoop"!!! (That pretty much sums it up)... I made these ribs for dinner tonight, and after reading the recipe a bit closer, I was somewhat nervous that they would come out too sweet with the apple jelly and the brown sugar. After devouring these, I realized that I had nothing to fear. Delicious! The apple cider vinegar, bourbon (I used "Wild Turkey") and granny smith apples helped to balance this out. My bbq sauce was KC Masterpiece Original. I only used 3 1/2 lbs of country style ribs (that is what I had), but kept the sauce ingredients the same. It was plenty for hubby and I. I am so glad I made these. I made a side dish of Dad's Buttermilk Cornbread (as a test run for Thanksgiving), along with a couple other sides, and it truly made it a southern country comfort meal. I will definitely make these again. Super easy, and very little hands-on time needed. Perfect for a busy day (I did the "low-slow" method, although today I did not work and just slacked off with my free afternoon). Thank you for posting. (Made for PRMR)
I didn't think these were too sweet at all. I'm not sure why, but my ribs turned out a bit dry and didn't absorb as much flavor as I'd hoped. The apples were fabulous though!! Thanks for sharing!