Creamy Gravy-Covered, Beer-Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs

Total Time
3hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Country-style pork ribs are about the cheapest meat available on a regular basis in the store. Due to this, my family eats them fairly regularly. Although we like barbecued country-style pork ribs, we needed a change. This recipe is a compilation of what I liked best from different recipes and put them together to make my own. My 10-year old son deemed “the best ever!” Hope you like this change from the ordinary.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder in small bowl or Ziploc bag and then sprinkle liberally over ribs. Allow the seasoned ribs to sit for about 20 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Heat oil in large heavy-bottomed, oven-proof Dutch oven (love my enameled cast iron Dutch oven for this). Brown the ribs on all sides. Do NOT crowd them while browning, if it takes two batches, let it take two batches (otherwise they just steam and won’t develop a nice sear).
  3. Once ribs have browned well, remove them to a plate.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  5. There should be ample rendered fat, but if there is more than about 4 tablespoons, remove the excess. Place all sliced onions in the bottom of the pan and allow them to start to take on just a bit of color.
  6. Pour in about 1/4 can of beer to deglaze the bottom of the pan while the onions continue to cook.
  7. Once the bottom of the pan is deglazed, return ribs to the pan (with any of juices on the plate). Pour in the rest of the beer. This should just barely cover all of the ribs and onions.
  8. Cover and bake at 375°F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  9. When you remove the Dutch oven from the oven, be prepared for the onions to have cooked down into gooey lusciousness, and the sides of the pan to look like a disaster. Don’t worry – it will taste great.
  10. Remove the ribs (which will be falling apart tender) and the onions from the pan.
  11. Turn oven down to 325°F.
  12. Use the water that you will be using to make the pork gravy mix with to “deglaze” the bottom on the pan, then add the mix according to the instructions on the packet. (I originally did try using canned gravy but it tasted “canned.”) Once the gravy has thickened, mix in cream of mushroom soup, the dry onion soup mix and the mushrooms.
  13. Place ribs and onions back in the Dutch oven and stir so that the gravy is covering the ribs.
  14. Cover the Dutch oven again, and return to the oven heated to 325°F.
  15. Cook for about 1 hour.
  16. Serve with mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.
Most Helpful

I made exactly as outlined except I did not use mushrooms. It was very good. I will make this again, but next time I think I will use less beer. I have never cooked with any type of beer/wine before and I found that it was imply too overpowering.

T+4 March 10, 2013

In one word, Amazing! I got a dutch oven for Christmas and wanted to cook something in it when I saw this recipe. I had the country pork ribs, some of the spices, but not everything so I used it as a guide and substituted some of the ingrediants for what I had on hand (for example, I didn't have the onion soup mix, so I made my own using beef boullion and dried toasted onions). I also had almost 6 lbs of meat, so I doubled everything (using 2 beers to cover, I had to bake for almost the full 2 hours to reduce). I didn't have a mushroom soup so I put the rest of the gravy together until my husband ran to the store to buy the soup, and although I did add 1 can, I didn't double the soup because my gravy tasted so good as it was. If you are looking for a comfort food, this is it. And it's a great recipe that can be changed. I think I will do it again and add some vegetables.

CharleneGomez January 16, 2012