Slowcooker Maple BBQ Country Ribs

Picture of sauced ribs over rice on a plate.

Our local grocery store frequently offers a 5 for $20 special on a variety of meats. In the past, we’ve bought steaks, stew beef, hamburger, chicken, pork chops, and country ribs to name a few. Usually, it saves us a couple dollars compared to paying full price and it helps us to keep our freezer stocked for those days when we either can’t get out or as was the case during the lockdown, meat was a tough thing to find! In this case, I had 2 packages of boneless country ribs that had been in the freezer for a bit, so it was time to create a new recipe to turn them into dinner!


  • 2 – 3 pounds country-style ribs
  • 1 TB Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil (or you can use plain, I just LOVE flavored oils)
  • Fresh ground salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray‘s)
  • 1/4 cup low salt soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup hot maple mustard (I use Merle Maple‘s)
  • 1/4 cup Cranberry Apple vinegar (or you can use plain)
  • 2 TB minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika


  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet. I use my tagine. While it’s heating up, salt and pepper your ribs.
  • Sear ribs on all sides until they’re golden brown. 5 – 10 minutes. I had to do mine in two batches.
  • Once they’re done, place in your slow cooker in a single layer (mine is a 7 – 8 qt cooker)
  • In a medium bowl whisk together: ketchup, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, maple syrup, maple mustard, vinegar, garlic, onion powder, thyme, cumin, and paprika
  • Pour the sauce over the ribs, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours. Stir them around at the halfway mark if you are around. And check their doneness at the 7-hour mark. If you need them done faster, you can set the cooker on medium for 5 – 6 hours.
  • Serve over rice. Consider some of my own delicious spicy apple sauce on the side. The recipe is simple and makes incredible apple sauce. There will be lots of bbq sauce, so if you’re skipping the rice, you might want to serve this with some rolls or something similar to soak up that saucy goodness!

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