Crockpot Country Pork Ribs. Pork ribs slow cooked with sauerkraut, apples & carrots, this is comfort food at its best. Adding apple juice to the broth delivers a juicy tangy maximum flavor.
Slow cooker country style ribs and potatoes
I’ve had this recipe for as long as I’ve had my crockpot. Literally, it was a recipe included in the little instruction booklet that came with my first crockpot. Do you pay any attention to those? I’ve found some really good ideas in them.
This recipe for crockpot country ribs is a sweet, sour and savory fix-and-forget meal that’s a pleasure to come home to.
What are country pork ribs?
A country pork rib isn’t really a rib at all. In other words, there’s a bit of identity crisis involved. It’s a blade chop that comes from the area between the loin and the shoulder. They contain no ribs but instead part of the scapula.
Since it comes from close to the shoulder blade, they’re meatier than rib cuts. Some say you should grill them and some say cook them low and slow. Country Style Pork Ribs can be found two ways.
The blade end near the shoulder. For this cut, blade end loin chops are cut into pieces. They an be sold bone-in. They will probably be labeled pork loin country-style ribs. You’ll find them with nice marbling which results in great flavor.
From The shoulder. Boneless pork ribs can also be thick strips cut from pork shoulder steaks. They are sometimes labeled as pork shoulder country-style ribs. These ribs are fattier and also quite tasty.
For this slow cooker country style ribs with potatoes I chose bone in country style pork ribs. Either cut will work beautifully for this recipe.
Let’s Cook Those Slow Cooker Country Ribs
Aromas of pork ribs with potatoes, sauerkraut, apples and onions fill the house. Let’s get started with this step-by-step.
We’ll start by salt and peppering the ribs then coating them with flour. Shake off the excess flour and brown in two tablespoons of vegetable oil until golden on each side. Remove to a paper towel to drain.
Next we’ll layer the vegetables in the crock pot.
Start with small new potatoes. Or you can use large potatoes that have been cubed or thick sliced.
Add some large chunks of carrots. And then some sweet onion that’s been peeled, sliced in half , ringed and then cut into crescents.
On top of the onions, we’ll sprinkle on a small can of sauerkraut that’s been quickly rinsed and drained.
The next step is to add a tablespoon of fennel and some apple juice. We’re big fan of fennel, so as you can see that spoon is heaping. You can also add caraway if you’d like.
We’ll slice an apple and then place those on top of the sauerkraut in the crockpot.
The final step is to snuggle the ribs on the top. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 8 hours.
Gather round that table and enjoy a savory flavorful meal.
Recipe for Crockpot Country Pork Ribs
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Crockpot Country Style Pork Ribs
- 4 Tablespoons all purpose flour
- 4 pounds country style pork ribs
- salt/pepper to taste
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 10 new red potatoes (or two large russets cubed or thick sliced)
- 2 medium carrots sliced thick
- 1 onion sliced and then halved
- 1-15 ounce can sauerkraut drained
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1 teaspoon caraway seed
- 1 Tablelspoon fennel seed
- 1 whole apple cored and sliced
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- 2 Tablespoon cold water
- Place the flour on a plate. Salt and pepper ribs and dredge the ribs in the flour until coated. Shake off excess flour. In a large fry pan, heat the oil until hot and sear the ribs until golden on each side. Remove to paper towel to drain.
- In the crackpot layer, potatoes, carrots, onion, and sauerkraut. Pour on the apple juice, sprinkle on the spices and then add the whole apple on top. Season with salt and pepper and then snuggle the ribs on top of the ingredients. Cook on low all day.
- If you’d like, remove ingredients from crockpot and place juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer combing water/flour mixture and apples. Simmer for a couple of minutes and use as gravy.
- Or serve directly from the crockpot.
Crockpot Country Pork Ribs …It’s What’s For Dinner