The Best Braised Ribs: Apple-Bourbon Country-Style Pork Ribs

Get sweet, sticky, fall-off-the-bone ribs right from the slow cooker. Succulent braised ribs are topped with sweet apple and bourbon sauce. We'll show you how!

-Meaty country-style pork ribs are perfect for braising. The long slow cooking turns the meat meltingly tender. This recipe for apple bourbon country style pork ribs uses a slow cooker to make the braising mostly hands-off while sweet tart apples and mellow bourbon pack on major flavor punch. To start, season 4-1/2 to 5 pounds of country-style pork ribs with salt and pepper seasoned on all sides. Add them to a 6-quart slow cooker. Now in a medium bowl with 1 cup of apple jelly, add 3 quarters of a cup of bourbon, 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of bottled barbecue sauce, 1/2 cup of cider vinegar, and a half teaspoon dried thyme, crushing it as you add it to the sauce to release the flavor. Whish everything together. Pour it over the ribs in the slow cooker. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 3 hours or on high for 1-1/2 hours. Now add 3 medium tart cooking apples that you've peeled, cord, and cut into quarters. Put the cover back on and continue to cook for another 3 to 4 hours on low or 1-1/2 to 2 hours on high. When the apples and ribs are tender, pile them on to a platter to serve. Strain the cooking liquid and serve it with the ribs.