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Braised Country Ribs

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One of my favorite cuts of pork (ribs) are country ribs. They are very meaty and tender when cooked with a slow braise and very very flavorful. I will often put in in a tomato sauce when I make an Italian meal the sauce is amazing when you use this cut. Today I am doing something a little different. It’s very simple to make, most of the cooking time is in the oven. If I had a slow cooker I would use that. Serving for dinner tonight with some oven roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes. Β It’s a stick to your ribs, satisfying comfort meal.

Country Pork Ribs

Country Pork Ribs

Braised Country Ribs

Serves 3-4

3 lbs Country ribs (approx 4 ribs)

1 stalk celery chopped

1 carrot cut or chopped

1 medium yellow onion chopped

3 cloves garlic peeled and smashed

2 tbs tomato paste

1 cup good white wine – I used a Pinot D’Alsace

1 cup apple cider

1/2 cup water (you can also use chicken or vegetable broth)

2 bay leaves

salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 325 degree’s. Place 2 tbs olive oil in dutch oven and heat on high, pat dry the ribs and sear in the hot pan until browned on all sides. Remove and set aside. Add a little more olive oil and add the vegetables and garlic. Saute until soft, add the tomato paste and cook for about a minute or until the tomato paste is cooked and no longer raw. Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Add the bay leaves and season with salt and pepper. Add the ribs back into the pan along with accumulated juices. Add the cider and water the liquid should come a little more than half way up the ribs add more water or broth if your ribs are thicker than mine were. Bring to a simmer and then cover and place in the oven.

Let cook in the oven for approximately 3 hours, the meat should be fall off the bone tender. When the meat is done raise the oven temp to 350, remove the lid and let it continue to cook until the liquid is reduced by half and the meat is browned it takes about 30 minutes.

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  1. Boy oh Boy…that looks so good for a chilly night dinner

    November 8, 2015
  2. Delicious dish Suzanne! I loooove ribs!

    November 8, 2015
  3. What a beautiful meal, Suzanne. The plate you used, and the colors of the foods made a lovely photo as well. OMG… that looks so good (and I confess I’m not much of a ribs fan), I could dig right into it now for breakfast! Have a splendid Sunday. πŸ™‚ Mega hugs.

    November 8, 2015
    • Thanks, I like these ribs because they are so meaty, you actually use a fork and knife (have a thing about getting my hands dirty). The whole meal was so nice. Thank you so much Teagan.

      November 8, 2015
      • I was wondering — fingers or fork, but I felt silly needing to ask. πŸ˜€ (I agree about getting my hands dirty while eating.)

        November 8, 2015
      • Yes these are definitely fork friendly!

        November 8, 2015
  4. Delicious – perfect for this miserable UK Autumn!

    November 8, 2015
    • Oh no sorry the weather is not great. These do hit the spot on a cold day! Thank you so much!

      November 8, 2015
  5. This is definitely one to bookmark for me – i love braised meat. I’m not sure I can get this cut of pork though – it looks so delicious…

    November 8, 2015
    • Thank you so much. I don’t know where this particular cut comes from but it is worth it if you can find.

      November 8, 2015
      • Hi Suzanne, they come from a cut in front of the baby back ribs near the shoulder. They are meaty indeed, cooking them slow and low is the absolute best! Great job and they certainly are a favorite here too. Yumified-Woo Hoo. Cheryl

        November 8, 2015
      • That’s so good to know thanks Cheryl!!

        November 8, 2015
      • Sure anytime my friend!

        November 8, 2015
  6. Good Stuff!!! Yum πŸ™‚

    November 8, 2015
  7. wow lovely meal Suzanne! Everything looks divine! yumm

    November 8, 2015
  8. Oh man, Suzanne this looks SOOOOO GOOD! It’s super chilly this morning in MI and a meal like this for dinner sounds perfect to me. Besides the shoulder Country ribs are my favorite cut of pork to cook and eat and I try to use them often. Definitely pinning to make for later. Thanks πŸ™‚

    November 8, 2015
    • Thanks Jess, with one of your dinner rolls, warm with butter I can’t think of a better meal.

      November 8, 2015
  9. Suzanne, this dish looks so delicious, I feel like dunking a piece of bread in the photo, to get to the tasty sauce! πŸ™‚

    November 8, 2015
  10. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Oh my that looks really good!

    November 8, 2015
  11. Perfect for this time of year!!!

    November 8, 2015
  12. Thanks so much Mimi!

    November 8, 2015
  13. What a nice combination. I think pork has to be the one meat I miss. Especially slow cooked like this. And I bet your kitchen smelled heavenly.

    November 8, 2015
    • It did smell wonderful. Thanks Johnny. I don’t eat that much meat, but when I do I love a braised beef or pork.

      November 8, 2015
  14. Yum–this definitely looks like comfort food! πŸ™‚

    November 8, 2015
  15. I can just imagine how tender and delicious this dish would be Suzanne. I’ll have to look out for pork ribs like these when next at the butcher.

    November 8, 2015
    • I hope you can find that particular cut, it’s wonderful and meaty and when braised so tender. Thanks Margot!

      November 9, 2015
  16. These ribs look delicious! What a great meal for a chilly night.

    November 8, 2015
  17. Hoo ha, I need to see if I can track down this cut over here, the lads love pork. It is nearing dinner time here and this has made me very hungry. 😁

    November 9, 2015
    • Lisa, thank you so much. Hope you can wrangle some country ribs. Thanks so much.

      November 9, 2015
  18. I am a big fan of “baby back ribs” but I love the sauce your ribs are cooked in. Need to try this…

    November 9, 2015
  19. Looks delicious!

    November 9, 2015
  20. That meal looks so good. I love the sauce youu made for the ribs and can imagine how succulent the meat woild be. A great recipe, Suzanne.

    November 9, 2015
    • Thank you so much Millie. It really is a tasty meal.

      November 9, 2015
      • It definitely looks it! By the way, your apple cake recipe is wonderful. I made it last Thursday, and it went very quickly indeed. I’ll try it with the apple sauce next time (I grated them last week). Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe.

        November 9, 2015
  21. Looks Delicious and flavorful.. Love your sides

    November 9, 2015
  22. This dish looks absolutely warming, cozy and inviting! Perfect for the weather, as it has literally turned into deep Fall overnight in the South (at least where I live). I don’t know why I overlook ribs. They can be so delicious. You’ve just given me a nudge in that direction, Suzanne. Thanks! πŸ™‚

    November 9, 2015
    • Thanks Serena yes this particular cut is my favorite so flavorful and there are many ways to prepare them. I love a slow braise!

      November 9, 2015
      • And this is the perfect weather for it!

        November 9, 2015
  23. I don’t cook ribs too often, but when I do I always try to get the country ribs too. Such a classic, down home meal. I love it!

    November 9, 2015
  24. Yeah!

    November 9, 2015
  25. What a delicious looking meal Suzanne. I love ribs myself, so will definitely be trying your version. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked them with wine and with the addition of apple cider, I’ll bet that was just gorgeous!

    November 9, 2015
    • It turned out really well. The cider I thought would be good pork and apples go well together and when I tasted the white wine I detected a note of apple, it was nice and dry so it didn’t add to the sweetness of the cider. Thank you so much Loretta.

      November 9, 2015
  26. Hi Suzanne, what a wonderful meal, I have never cooked with the country ribs, will try them next time, looks delicious!

    November 9, 2015
  27. Country ribs are such a “good bang for the buck” because they are so meaty. This recipe looks so delicious. Perfect for supper in front of the fire on a cold dark winter night!

    November 9, 2015
    • They really are, you get a lot of meat, it’s a relatively inexpensive cut and is so adaptable. Thanks so much.

      November 9, 2015
  28. I love meat, all kinds, especially when cooked so well that it can be separated from the bone with a fork. I love the addition of the apple cider. A perfect satisfying meal! πŸ™‚

    November 9, 2015
    • Thank you Fae, me too! I love meat that is so tender it can be cut with a fork!

      November 9, 2015
  29. So delicious Suzanne. Your photograph makes me crave these for dinner tonight.

    November 10, 2015
    • Thank you Lindy, it was such a nice meal. Would love to do it over.

      November 10, 2015
  30. Suzanne, this is a royal dish in my book! Rich, full of flavors and simply delicious! I would pick it over any celebrity chefs’ dishes! 😜

    November 10, 2015
    • I can only aspire to come close to the dish I had at your house, I still dream of that. Thank you Francesca.

      November 10, 2015
      • That is very kind of you! The recipe of that dish is supposed to be one of my dream cookbook – if I ever put my mind to put it together! πŸ˜‰

        November 12, 2015
      • Sign me up when you publish it!!!

        November 12, 2015
  31. I love country ribs , cooked on a cold or rainy day . As always your recipe looks delicious . Slow cooked meat is my favorite .

    November 12, 2015
  32. Looks delicious!

    November 15, 2015

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