Not all rib sandwiches are made equal. This country style rib sandwich features melt-in-your-mouth country style ribs, caramelized onions, and Sweet Baby Ray’s sweet and tangy Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce all on a toasty bun. This post is sponsored by Sweet Baby Ray’s. The recipe and opinions are completely my own. Big thanks to the amazing brands that help support everything I do here at Hey Grill, Hey!
This recipe is actually adapted from one my mom made us when we were growing up. Probably because country style ribs are so affordable and she had 6 kids to feed! I can still remember those super soft and saucy morsels of pork ribs and tender onions. I knew that they would make an amazing sandwich, and it was totally the right call! These pork ribs are layered with sweet, spicy, and savory flavor. First, they are seasoned with my Homemade Sweet BBQ Rub with brown sugar, smoked paprika, and a little cayenne pepper for heat. Then they are braised with sweet onions, Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, some honey, and a few pats butter for good measure.
The secret to the perfect rib sandwich is having meat so tender that it almost falls apart. I achieved that texture on these country style pork ribs by starting with a nice hot sear on all sides of the ribs and then slow braising in sweet onions and Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce. I seared the ribs over direct heat on my charcoal grill, and then finished the braising step over indirect heat on the same grill. The same method could easily be followed on a gas grill by only turning on half of the burners and searing, then braising on the side where the burners were left off. The most important thing after searing is just making sure the overall temperature of the grill stays around 350 degrees F.
Once your ribs are infused with all of those glorious braising flavors and absolutely tender, it’s time to finish it all up and serve your loved ones! I like to serve these on toasted hoagie buns, topped with the soft onions and a drizzle of the saucy liquid. Garnish with something green like cilantro if you want to brighten everything up and you are good to go! Super simple, incredibly flavorful, and lip-smacking delicious!