Apple-Bourbon Country-Style Pork Ribs, Slow Cooker

Total Time
4hrs 45mins
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.


  1. Season ribs with salt and pepper; place in a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. 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.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 hours or on high-heat setting for 1-1/2 hours.
  4. 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.
  5. To serve, transfer ribs to a serving platter. Strain cooking liquid and serve with ribs.
Most Helpful

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!!!

nochlo February 06, 2014

"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)

rosie316 November 26, 2013

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!

breezermom July 21, 2014