Carolina Country Style Ribs

The best country style pork rib recipe

Carolina style barbecue is known for its sharper, vinegary flavors. We love this recipe for its brightness, plus a sweetness from molasses for the ultimate Southern taste. Plus, country style ribs are fleixble and flavorful. Enjoy!

On a specialized diet? This recipe works well for folks following a keto (skip the sugar) or gluten-free diet — and, of course, omnivores!


  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water cold
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses OR 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne


  1. Place ribs in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, set aside. In 4-cup glass measure, stir together vinegar, water, oil, molasses, salt, red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper until salt is dissolved. Remove 1/2 cup marinade; set aside. Add remaining marinade to ribs; seal bag and marinate for 4 - 6 hours in the refrigerator. Remove ribs from marinade; discard marinade.
  2. Prepare medium-hot fire; grill ribs over indirect heat for 50 to 60 minutes or until pork is tender and the internal temperature reaches 160º F. Baste ribs twice with reserved sauce mixture during last 15 minutes of grilling.

This recipe was provided courtesy of the Kansas Pork Association and Eat Pork. For more delicious pork recipes and helpful cooking tips, visit the Eat Pork website!

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