Slow Cooker Molasses Country Style Pork Ribs


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Slow Cooker Molasses Country Style Pork Ribs have a sweet and tangy sauce that goes great over rice.

cooked ribs in sauce with green onions on top.
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Hi all! Do you ever cook with molasses? I’ve been on a molasses kick since before Christmas. I found a great sauce recipe for chicken in my copper grill cookbook and had to try it on pork ribs. This sauce has tang, sweetness and a touch of spice. The butter cuts down on the sweetness, if you are wondering why that’s an ingredient.

onion, butter, apple cider, hot sauce, liquid smoke, red pepper flakes and garlic.

I think country style ribs aren’t used enough in recipes. If you don’t know what country style ribs are, they have very few bones. The meat is in strips, these are not traditional style ribs. Country style ribs don’t need a full 8 hours of cooking since they aren’t terribly thick and don’t need as much time as a roast. In this recipe the meat falls apart with just a touch of a fork after just 6 hours of cooking.

raw country style ribs in a slow cooker.
country style ribs in molasses sauce in slow cooker with green onions on top.
teal plate with rice and shredded ribs

Start up the rice maker a bit before this recipe is done and you’ll have an effortless dinner. I hope you give this recipe a try!

ribs in molasses sauce in slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Molasses Country Pork Ribs

4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
A sweet and tangy sauce is cooked with country style pork ribs. After cooking for 6 hours on low the ribs are fall apart tender.


  • 3 lbs. Country style pork ribs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 2 garlic cloves,, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flake
  • 1/4 cup salted butter,, melted
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 1 small white onion,, diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced and divided


  • Add the country style pork ribs in to the slow cooker. 
  • In a medium sized bowl add the molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, garlic, pepper, red pepper flakes, butter, hot sauce, onion and half of the green onions. Stir until combined.
  • Add the sauce over the pork ribs.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
  • Sprinkle with remaining green onions and serve.

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Sarah’s Notes

Nutrition values are approximate, please use your own calculation if you require a special diet.


Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 1209mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 3.7mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Cynthia Shaner says:

    Can you use a pork loin for this recipe?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, pork loin will work great.

  2. Diane Smith says:

    Sound so good, i can’t wait to try it. Do you think it would be good with Chicken too !! bet it would be good too.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I think it would be good with chicken. Great idea.

  3. Barbara says:

    5 stars
    I was looking for a slow cooker recipe for country ribs that I got on sale. This was mmm-mm good! Finished off the leftovers yesterday. Your suggestion in the Sweet and Sour Country Ribs recipe for using paper towels to sop up the grease worked perfectly! I will be trying that recipe as well!

  4. JoAnn says:

    Should you brown the ribs first ?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I do not. But it won’t hurt the recipe if you do.

  5. Adriene says:

    4 stars
    I’d constantly want to be update on new posts on this web site,
    saved to favorites!

  6. Yvonne says:

    Any reco on how to reduce sugar? Can you sub molasses or half it with anything else?

  7. Robin Duncan says:

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was quite tasty and very easy. Food store had the boneless ribs on sale for $5 per package so a great deal too! I recommend.

  8. Bruce says:

    Now that looks so, so good!