Smoked country style ribs on the Traeger are a delicious new way to enjoy an affordable and delicious cut of pork. Low and slow brings out the best in this family favorite, the Traeger Smoked Country Style Pork Ribs. Learn how to cook these ribs just right.
Growing up in Iowa – my Dad cooked all the time and one of his favorites was country style ribs. We would always bake them in the oven and they came out tender and juicy. But now – I’m all grown up and have been in love with my Traeger grill. It’s great for low and slow smoking and I had to breath new life into these country style ribs!
What are Country Style Ribs?
There are so many amazing different cuts of pork that you can use on the Traeger. Country-Style Ribs are from the blade end of the loin – near the pork shoulder. They are very meaty and there are actually no bones! These actually have pork loin and some pork blade meat – so some of the meat is more lean – while other parts more fatty. I like them because it provides a nice balance all the best parts!
Ingredients for Smoked Country Style Ribs:
- Country Ribs – country style ribs are $3.49/lb vs. $4.59 for st. louis style ribs or $5.99/lb for baby back ribs!
- They have bone-in and boneless ribs that are Country Style. You can choose whichever style you like –
- BBQ Rub – everybody with a smoker has a bag full of rubs and seasoning mixes – use your favorite! Mine is Historic BBQ Red.
- Most rubs have similar ingredients like brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder – so use your personal favorite
- Butter – just a half stick
- Apple Juice, pineapple juice or cold water
- Favorite bbq sauce – again – use what you like
How to smoke Pork Country Style Ribs on Traeger Grill:
I’ll tell you – it’s a process – but this country style pork ribs recipe is definitely worth it in the end! These same instructions work for any pellet grill.
- Rinse ribs and pat dry with a paper towel
- First you rub the ribs – I have a dry rub recipe for you – but you can also use any poultry rub you like. I like Historic BBQ – they have a Red that is for pork & poultry that I love! You want to be sure to put a good dusting of the bbq rub on your meat – don’t be delicate!
- Once the ribs have the rub – you put them on your up-to-temp Traeger grill at 225. You need to cook them at this low temp to smoke your ribs. This will add a lot of flavor to the ribs – although it does take time.
- For best results, smoke the ribs at 225 for about three hours – this is low and slow baby!
- At this point you’re going to remove the ribs from the grill and put them in a pan. You’ll add apple juice and butter to get some moisture in the ribs.
- Bump the ribs up to a higher temp of 275 until the internal temperature of the meat comes up to 190 degrees.
- After that, you’ll remove them from the pan, sauce them and back on the grill to add your favorite barbecue sauce and let that set in for about 15 minutes . Then they’re FINALLY ready! This whole process took 4-5 hours – but it was sure worth it.
Can you make Country Style Ribs faster on the Traeger?
Yes – you can definitely do a quicker method like you would with a pork loin or even Yes – you can definitely do a quicker method like you would with a pork loin or even chops – they just won’t be smoked. I think the best way to cook country style ribs is low and slow with smoke – it’s more time consuming but it does produce a delicious flavor. Always be sure to check the temp on your pork – here’s a quick guide to pork temperatures.
What if I don’t have a smoker? How would I make this on a regular grill.?
If you have a regular grill instead of a smoker – you can use either pellets or wood chips to get the smoky flavor.
- Wood chips – Soak them in water for 30 minutes before starting the grill. One cup of wood chips will last for about 20 minutes. Keep adding chips to the grill throughout the process. If you use a charcoal grill, light the coals, when the coals are ready, place them on one side of the grill. Place some of the wood chips on top of the coals. Place your food on the side without the coals to cook it with indirect heat.
- Pellets & Smoke Tubes – Sometimes folks with a Traeger still want MORE smoke – so they use smoke tube and fill them with pellets. You light the pellets on one end and then once they light, blow out the flame. Then, set your smoke tubs on the grill (indirect heat side) and shut the lid. They will smoke throughout your cook and add that smokiness into your ribs! You can even add these to your pellet grill for extra smoke flavor!
How many pounds of country style ribs per person?
Folks will eat approx 1/3 pound per person – so you can think of it as one country style rib per person.
Are country style ribs boneless or bone-in?
Well – they’re both! You can get them either way but the only difference is that the bone-in are a little longer and I always think bone-in has more flavor! Boneless country-style pork ribs can be a little more convenient for people and they are a bit leaner.
How do you store and reheat leftover country style ribs?
Wrapping your ribs in aluminum foil is typically enough to keep them for 1-2 days. Otherwise store in an air-tight container and reheat in the oven at 200 for 20-30 minutes covered. You can always add a little apple or pineapple juice to the pan/foil pack for extra moisture.
Other Traeger Recipes:
This post is sponsored by Iowa Pork. All opinions are my own.
Traeger Smoked Country Style Ribs
- If you want to make your own rub – mix together all seasoning ingredients above. Or you can use a premade. My favorite is Historic BBQ.1/8 cup paprika, 2 tbsp salt, 2 tbsp dark brown sugar, 2 tbsp light brown sugar, 2 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp ground pepper, 2 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp onion powder
- Coat your ribs completely with the rub seasoning.2 lbs country style ribs
- Setup your Traeger to cook at 225 degrees and place ribs on grill. Cook until ribs are at 155 degrees – approx 3 hours. Spritz the ribs with apple juice every hour until they get up to temp.1 cup apple juice
- When the ribs hit 155, remove them from the Traeger, and use tongs to place each of them in a large roasting dish or disposable pan.
- Add a half cup of apple juice to the roaster, along with four pats of butter. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil, and return the ribs to your smoker.4 tbsp butter
- Then adjust the temp of your smoker to 275, and let ribs cook until meat temp is 190. It will take about 60 minutes for them to come up to temp.
- When they are all up to temp, remove the ribs from the roasting pan and place them back on the grill rack and return to the smoker.
- Brush each of the ribs with your favorite bbq sauce, and let them cook at 275 for about 15 min.1 cup barbecue sauce
- Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes – then (finally) enjoy!