These crockpot braised country style pork ribs are the ultimate comfort food! Cooked in a wonderful tomato and red wine sauce.
These braised country style pork ribs are the comfort meal that you'll want to make over and over again. Sear the meat, then leave it to simmer in the slow cooker all day. Serve the meat and sauce over rice or pasta, with a salad on the side for a complete meal.
I don't know what has taken me so long to cook with country style pork ribs. Was it the budget-friendly price that turned me away? Was it the promise of tender meat falling off the bone? Perhaps it was the words "country style". I am, after all, a city girl. What do I know about country style?
Whatever the reason for my undeserved rebuff of this humble meat, the reformation is complete. A moment of silence was required when I first tasted the buttery meat. These ribs, which look nothing like traditional ribs, react best when braised in the oven or slow cooker. My crockpot has been on hiatus since October when it worked overtime on the Crockpot Chicken, Black Bean and Chipotle Pepper Soup, the Crockpot Family Applesauce, and the Gingered Chickpea and Spicy Tomato Stew. It was time to ride again.
After a quick sear, the ribs are placed in the crockpot and covered in a robust tomato and red wine sauce. Don't be surprised or put off by the secret ingredient. Fish sauce. Seriously. You will never know it's in there, but it adds a certain "je ne sais quoi". Leave it out if you'd like but, if you do keep it in, I guarantee that you will not regret it.
For another boneless pork rib recipe, try my delicious Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs in Hoisin Sauce.
How to make braised country style pork ribs in the crockpot:
Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Trim large pieces of fat from 3 pounds pork country-style ribs and season with salt and pepper. Working in two batches, sear the pork until light golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. As each batch of pork is seared, place them in the bottom of the crockpot.
Pour out all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings. Add ½ cup minced shallots and 3 large garlic cloves, chopped, to the pot. Sauté until the shallots are light golden brown. Add 3 tablespoons tomato paste and cook until the paste becomes dark red, approximately 3 minutes.
Stir in 1 large (28 oz.) and 1 small (14 oz.) can crushed tomatoes, 1 ¼ cups red wine, and 2 teaspoons fish sauce. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Pour the tomato sauce into the crockpot.
Add 1 (14 oz.) cannellini beans to the crockpot. Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours, or until the pork is tender.
Remove the pork from the crockpot and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Return the pork to the crockpot and keep warm until ready to serve over rice or pasta. Garnish with chopped fresh Italian parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.
Slow Cooker Braised Country Style Pork Ribs
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil or canola oil
- 3 pounds country-style pork ribs, large pieces of fat trimmed
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- ¾ teaspoon ground pepper
- ½ cup minced shallots
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 ¼ cup red wine
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 1 (14 ounce) can cannellini beans drained & rinsed
- ¼ cup minced flat-leaf parsley
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season pork ribs with salt and pepper. Working in two batches, sear the pork until light golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. As each batch of pork is seared, place it in the bottom of the crockpot.
- Pour out all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings. Add shallots and garlic to the pot. Sauté until the shallots are light golden brown.
- Add tomato paste and cook until the paste becomes dark red, approximately 3 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, red wine, and fish sauce.
- Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Pour the tomato sauce into the crockpot. Add cannellini beans to the crockpot.
- Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours, or until the pork is tender.
- Remove the pork from the crockpot and cut into bite-sized pieces. Return the pork to the crockpot and keep warm until ready to serve over rice or pasta.
- Garnish with chopped fresh Italian parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.
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I was just about to put my crock pot back up on the shelf.. you just gave me an excuse not to. This looks wonderful and satisfying. The meat looks so tender and flavorful too
Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog
You've a secret ingredient with the fish sauce; alternatively soy sauce is possible...a gorgeous pork recipe Dara!
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Krissy @ The Food Addicts
i really use make more use of my crockpot! it's so simple and very little fuss. thanks for a great recipe. even though we are city girls, we gotta do some country-style cooking sometime!
I have a new crock pot, haven't used it too much lately HOWEVER, after seeing these pork ribs it will be getting more use! This is just superb. Thank you so much for sharing it!
Talk about some awesome down-home cookin'. This rocks!!!
I love country ribs and I'm definitely trying this recipe. Thanks!
My Man's Belly
I love my crockpot and use it quite a bit. It was the only way my husband and I got to eat real food while I was going through grad school.
The joy of the crockpot when you are at home is breathing in heavenly aromas all day. Love the pork ribs, the wine sauce, the beans, the tomatoes - so wintery-sweet.
Chow and Chatter
oh wow looks great so tender
MMM ribs. Could go for some of that right now. Need to buy a crockpot first though.
Beautiful recipe, the sauce must be powerful with a nice deep flavor especially with the addition of red wine.
5 Star Foodie
The pork ribs look wonderful, fantastic with this tomato wine sauce!
Tasty Eats At Home
I love slow cookers - something so wonderful about coming home from work to a yummy-smelling house with minimal effort! This sounds great. And I love fish sauce (also anchovies, for the same reason). It puts such a depth of flavor in things - a perfect "secret" ingredient!
Pork! This would be great in my piggy bowl. 😉 Yum....
Jenn - This tomato and wine sauce is so rich and flavorful. It compliments the ribs really nicely.
Hampers - Thanks for taking the time to look through my recipes. I hope you'll be back.
Maria - Thank you!
Cristie - There's something about smelling a meal cooking in the crockpot that makes a cold winter's day more tolerable.
Mary - LOL! Thank you.
Food o' del Mundo
Crock Pots and Pork ROCK!
So do YOU!
I love using a crock pot on winter days and always looking for somthing a little different. Can't wait to try this.
I love the presentation. Fabulous job!
Yum - I am salivating and can hardly wait to try your sauce recipe. It was nice going through your blog.
Nice!! I'm trying to use my slow-cooker more this year. I like that red wine sauce for this.