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Hillbilly Ribs

(6 Votes)
1 Hr 40 Min

Our lighthearted tribute to the "best of the best" of backwoods country cooking really shines in our Hillbilly Ribs recipe. This is down-home cookin' that'll guarantee a full house at the table.

What You'll Need:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 pounds country-style pork ribs
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
What To Do:
  1. In a soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown ribs on all sides 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well.

  3. Reduce heat to medium and drain off excess liquid. Pour sauce mixture over ribs, partially cover, and cook 1-1/2 hours, or until ribs are cooked through and tender, turning occasionally.


  • We like to use country-style ribs because they're meatier, but spareribs work well, too.
  • We heartily recommend you serve these up with a heaping bowl of our extra-special Hillbilly Baked Beans!
  • This recipe was also one of our Top 10 TV Recipes of 2012! Check out the rest here.

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Have made twice now and were raved over both times. The first time I followed the recipe, and the ribs in the bottom of the pot burned in the last few minutes. The second time, I used a whole cup of water in the sauce instead of just a half cup. No sticking and no burning, same great taste!!!

I wasn't impressed although they look delicious in the picture. I will try them in the crockpot next time. They started to burn in my pot...I continued to stir them etc but they didn't turn out as I had hoped. Not sure what I did wrong.

After browning ribs place in baking pan pour sauce over & bake oven 375 degrees about 2 hours covered,can add 2 cloves garlic 1 small chopped onion, a good dash red pepper flakes (NOT cayenne pepper) salt & pepper to taste to sauce when ribs are tender uncover raise oven to 425 and let brown lightly on top of place under broiler Good basic recipe just needs a little tweaking ! Can also do this with pork steaks or chops!

Very tasty and they were so tender my husband could not believe it! I know we will have these again for sure!

Very good. A big hit with my husband. Will def make again.

Great Ribs. Very Tender with good flavor. Will be making them again soon.

Great tasting ribs!!!

This was ok. Sauce is kind of bland, even though I added a clove of fresh minced garlic and 1/2C chopped onions. I'd make this again, only I'd use our favorite commercial sauce (and I'm not talking Kraft or anything else with HFCS). I cooked it in the crockpot for 3.5 hours on low (my crockpot runs hot). Meat was pretty tender, and it did fall off the bone. If you use this sauce recipe, you might want to add Liquid Smoke as well as the garlic and onion. As for more sugar, I thought this bordered on "too sweet" as it was. You could use this recipe for chicken, too.

Your worried about HFCS, but you will use Liquid Smoke???

They are so easy and so good

i love country style ribs, but have been unable to find them lately. the ones i find all have some bone to it. but these do make the best ribs...'ooh its so good!!' :-)

You tried all the rest now try the best hillbilly ribs from Mr Food :-)

can you cook these in oven instead and at what temp & time

These ribs with the hillbilly beans and a side of cole slaw was the perrrrrrrfect meal. Not much work to prepare ... and smells fantastic. Thx Mr Food

This is a good meal for weeknight supper or any day of the week, or even a great Sunday meal....Tastes great too, try it you'll love it!...Thanks, Mr. Food

I do these in the crock pot and use just a pinch of sugar. I also don't bother to brown them first. very easy that way.

What power setting do you use and for how long? Thanks.

This sounds like a great way, using the crock pot. How long do you cook them for, and at what setting?

Very salty. I'll make them again, but try ketchup instead of the chili sauce. That would be half of the sodium.

Tried these they are incredible! My husband really enjoyed them. They are so tender!


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