Smoked Country Style Ribs

August 12, 2020

These Smoked Country Style Ribs are the perfect Sunday dinner when you’re looking for something delicious and comforting to feed your family. The melt-in-your-mouth, rich pork ribs will knock your socks off with big smoky flavor.

What are Country Style Ribs?

Despite their name, country style pork ribs do not actually contain any rib bones. They are cut from the pork shoulder, and most packages have at least a few pieces with bone (from the shoulder blade) in them. They are meatier than other rib cuts, so you’ll end up with lots of tasty meat with less bones to discard! Country style pork ribs are best when cooked low and slow to a high internal temperature to break down the tough connective tissue and make them super tender.

You know you’ve cooked these ribs right when they melt in your mouth and taste really rich. Another awesome bonus of smoking country style ribs is that they are super affordable and go on sale all the time. This makes for an economical family meal with tons of flavor (that you can eat for leftovers days after as well!).

Smoked Country Style Pork Ribs

Growing up, I could guarantee a meal of country style pork ribs was a often on the table for Sunday dinner. The only difference was that my mom baked them start to finish in the braising liquid instead of on a smoker. Since I’m a fan of all things grilled and smoked, I just had to put my smoky spin on these ribs. Behold the most delicious recipe for smoked country style ribs you’ll ever have!

My recipe for smoked country style pork ribs are sweet from my Signature Sweet Rub (you can purchase this from Patio Provisions pre-made!), apple juice and BBQ sauce, and smoky/savory from cooking on the smoker and rendering down with sliced onions.

These ribs are perfect shredded on buns for sandwiches or served with mashed potatoes or rice. Simply spoon that tasty BBQ sauce braising liquid over the top for a killer flavor!

How to Smoke Country Style Ribs 

Ready to smoke the best country style ribs of your life? Here’s what you’ll need to do to get these ribs smoked to perfection:

  1. Preheat the grill. Get the smoker running at 250 degrees F with apple, cherry, or oak wood. You can also use any wood you have on hand and experiment with different flavors.
  2. Prep the ribs. Wipe down the ribs with a paper towel and remove any bone fragments. Drizzle the ribs with olive oil and season on all sides with Sweet Rub or your favorite BBQ sauce (my Everything Sauce tastes AMAZING on these ribs!).
  3. Smoke! Place the seasoned ribs directly on the grill grates, and smoke for 4 hours (or until the ribs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F). Remove them from the grill.
  4. Braise and finish smoking. Place onions, ribs, BBQ sauce, and apple juice in a disposable aluminum pan or 12″ cast iron skillet, and return to the smoker for another 2-3 hours (or until the internal temperature of the ribs reaches 200 degrees F).
  5. Rest and serve. Rest the ribs for 15 minutes and serve! You can serve with extra BBQ sauce or braising liquid. These taste simply amazing with my Smoked Mashed Potatoes!

How Long to Smoke Country Style Ribs

With your smoker preheated to 250 degrees F, you can expect these ribs to take approximately 6-7 hours to fully cook. As always, make sure you go by internal temperature and not by time. Make sure you have a reliable meat thermometer on hand and check the ribs as you near the 5 hour mark to know when to remove them from the smoke.

Allow yourself a couple hours leeway in case your meat is done earlier or later than you anticipate. Meat is done when it’s done, and each cook is going to be different than the last. Always give yourself some leeway when smoking meats. Finally, keep an eye on that temperature, and you’ll be golden!

More Smoked Pork Ribs Recipes

If you loved this recipe for smoked country style ribs, you’ll go gaga over my other smoked rib recipes. Check out a few of my favorites below. If you need more recipe inspiration, head to Hey Grill Hey’s blogroll.

Smoked Country Style Ribs Recipe

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Shredded country style ribs on a fork near the edge of a wooden plate full of smoked country style ribs..

Smoked Country Style Ribs

These Smoked Country Style Ribs are the perfect Sunday dinner when you're looking for something delicious and comforting to feed your family. The melt-in-your-mouth, rich pork ribs will knock your socks off with big smoky flavor.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook Time : 7 hrs
Resting Time : 15 mins
Total Time : 7 hrs 30 mins
Servings : 6 people
Calories : 361kcal



  • Preheat the smoker. Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees F with your favorite hardwood. I recommend apple, cherry, or oak for this recipe.
  • Prep the country style ribs. Remove the pork ribs from the packaging and wipe down with a paper towel to remove any bone fragments from the cutting process. Drizzle the ribs with the olive oil and season on all sides with Sweet Rub, or your favorite BBQ seasoning.
  • Smoke the ribs. Place the seasoned ribs directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and smoke for approximately 4 hours or until the ribs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and the ribs have a rich mahogany color.
  • Prepare the braising liquid. Spread the sliced onions in a single layer into the bottom of a disposable aluminum pan or a 12 inch cast iron skillet. Top the onions with the smoked country style ribs and drizzle the top with the BBQ sauce and apple juice. Cover tightly with foil and return to the smoker.
  • Finish smoking the ribs. Close the lid and continue cooking at 250 for another 2-3 hours, or until the ribs reach an internal temperature of at least 200 degrees F and are tender enough to shred with a fork.
  • Rest and serve. Remove the pork ribs from the smoker and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes before serving. I recommend serving with rice or mashed potatoes and spooning the rich braising liquid over the finished ribs.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3mg
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16 thoughts on “Smoked Country Style Ribs

  1. My smoker has a pan for the wood chips. Would you add chips throughout the cooking time or is the initial about okay?

    1. If you can add them for the whole cook it definitely won’t hurt. Meat only takes smoke until it’s about 145f.

  2. Made these tonight and the family was quite pleased. Excellent recipe. Took them off at 195 and they were perfect for us as we like a little bite to them, Once again thanks to Susie and Todd for all your work to make us look good.

  3. Made these for my bday dinner. They were cooked after 4 hours but the 2 hour steam bath at the end……fucking mint just what they needed! Fellow smokers were very impressed!

  4. Can I freeze them after the initial 4 hours and at a later date thaw and finish the braise time? We are planning to smoke a lot of meat and freeze some for later.

  5. Instead of putting them back on the smoker for the last 2 hours, could you just cook in an oven at the same temp? Is there a benefit to doing the last bit in the smoker, since it’s covered and not getting the smoke anyway?


  6. I made these today and they were wonderful. It only took 2 hours to reach 165° internal temp so I covered them with the braising liquid at that point. I’ll definitely make them again. Thank you !

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