Apple-Bourbon Country-Style Pork Ribs


Old-fashioned cooking apples such as Rome, MacIntosh, Northern Spy, or Jonathan taste perfect with these country-style ribs. Tart eating apples, such as Gripps Pink and Granny Smith, make the ribs delicious, too.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Slow Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins


  • 4 ½ - 5 pound country-style pork ribs

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1 cup apple jelly

  • ¾ cup bourbon

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup bottled barbecue sauce

  • ½ cup cider vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 3 medium tart cooking apples, peeled, cored, and quartered


  1. Season ribs with salt and pepper; place in a 6-quart slow cooker. In a medium bowl whisk together jelly, bourbon, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, vinegar, and the 1/2 teaspoon thyme. Pour bourbon mixture over ribs in the cooker.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 hours or on high-heat setting for 1-1/2 hours.

  3. Add apples to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours more or on high-heat setting for 1-1/2 to 2 hours more or until apples and ribs are tender.

  4. To serve, transfer ribs to a serving platter. Strain cooking liquid and serve with ribs.

    Apple-Bourbon Country-Style Pork Ribs
    Peter Krumhardt

For easy cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once ribs are finished cooking, remove the ribs from your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

588 Calories
20g Fat
58g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 588
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 443mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 687mg 15%
Folate, total 4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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