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Smoked Country-Style Pork Ribs

Our easy Traeger Smoked Country-Style Pork Ribs are made with boneless country ribs, coated with our Everything Rub, and then they smoked for a couple of hours before getting bathed in your favorite barbecue sauce and braising and tenderizing in a bath I think we’re all a little envious of.

Smoked Country-Style Pork Ribs

We are borderline obsessed with ribs here. I LOVE them. Whether it is our Smoked Pork Ribs that cause all of the fights on the internets because 5-4-1 is the WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE RIBS (fight me), our Spicy Asian Pork Ribs that basically have their own fan club, or even our Braised Beef Short Ribs, Smoked Beef Ribs, our St. Louis Ribs, or my personal favorite, our Smoked Cherry Coke Ribs, we’ve got your rib situation well-covered in these parts.

With these easy country-ribs, we take one of the most economical form of ribs and turn it into something really amazing!

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What are “country-style” ribs?

Country-Style ribs aren’t actually ribs at all. They come from the shoulder or the loin portion of the pig. They are available at most major grocers, and almost all of your local butcher shops should carry these.

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Country Ribs shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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How to make Traeger Country-Style Pork Ribs

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.


Preheat the smoker

225°F is the magic number you are looking for here.

Don’t skip the pre-heat, it is essential to establish the fire in the firepot.



Rub those ribs

Our Everything Rub is what this recipe officially calls for, but I won’t tell if you sub in your current favorite. 😉


Smoke ’em if you got ’em

Right on the grate, down go the ribs. 1 1/2 – 2 hours is how long you gotta smoke ’em.


Sauce and braise

After the smoke sesh, the ribs get tossed into a grill-safe pan (see our favorite down in the recipe card), sauced, covered, and then go back onto the grill for another couple of hours. (If you aren’t trying to keep the heat out of the house, you can use the oven for this part.)



Eat them, take an extra, you’re going to want it.

What are the best sides to serve with smoked country ribs?

Anytime we’re talking meat slathered in barbecue sauce, I immediately crave a big heaping spoonful of our Vinegar Coleslaw along with it. That acidic vinegar-based coleslaw sauce is the perfect thing to go alongside rich, tomato-based barbecue.

Another favorite for me, and one that the kids always go crazy for, is a pot of Smoked Mac-and-Cheese.

If you are going to do coleslaw and smoked mac, you might as well do a big pile of Traeger Corn on the Cob while you’re at it.

Smoked Country-Style Pork Ribs, top down view, in a foil pan with bbq sauce and the pan is placed on a yellow cloth napkin

Smoked Country-Style Pork Ribs FAQ

What other kinds of rubs work well for pork ribs?

If you haven’t picked up some Meat Church Honey Hog yet, our Homemade BBQ Rub would be a good substitution. Barring either of those, your favorite rub works great too! Anything you’d throw on pork chops or a pork butt is a good option.

How do you store leftover pork ribs?

Store these in an airtight container or a sealable plastic baggie in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. I don’t recommend freezing for reheating, you lose too much in texture and moisture.

What’s the best way to reheat country ribs?

I like heating these up in the microwave, covered, and with some extra thinned-out-slightly bbq sauce poured over the meat for good measure. Heat it until it is steaming hot, but don’t overdo it!

Where’s the best place to find new rubs and sauces to try?

If you are tired of all the same old rubs and sauces, try out something new from The Spice Guy!

Smoked Country-Style Pork Ribs in a metal pan covered with barbecue sauce

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Yield: 6 servings

Smoked Country-Style Pork Ribs

Smoked Country-Style Pork Ribs

Tender boneless country-style pork ribs are coasted in all-purpose Everything Rub before getting slow smoked on the pellet grill, and braised in bbq sauce for the last couple of hours.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes



  1. Preheat your pellet grill to 225°.
  2. Lay your ribs out over a large cutting board or cookie sheet. Coat all sides of your ribs, evenly with the rub.
  3. Place your ribs directly onto your grill grates, and let them cook for 2 hours.
  4. Pull your ribs from the grill and place them into a container that is grill-safe.
  5. Pour the bbq sauce on top of the ribs, making sure to cover and coat all of them.
  6. Wrap the top with aluminum foil and place back onto the grill for 1-2 more hours.
  7. Check your ribs after one hour for tenderness using a fork. Your fork should easily cut through the meat. If the ribs need more time, recover them and let them keep cooking. Recheck the ribs every 20 minutes until they reach the desired level of tenderness.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 816Total Fat: 55gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 290mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 80g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Friday 16th of February 2024

I made these yesterday only difference was I finished them in the oven for the last 2 hours. These were the best country style ribs I have made so far.


Saturday 28th of October 2023

Made those yesterday... easy and so good!

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 28th of October 2023

Awesome!! So glad you liked them as much as we did. Thanks for sharing! <3 Tell your grilling friends on social media, if you are into that sort of thing! ;)

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