These crock pot sweet and sour country-style ribs are made with meaty pork ribs, pineapple, bell peppers, and a flavorful sweet and sour sauce. Chunks of pineapple and strips of bell pepper and onion help to flavor these easy pork ribs and the sauce is a simply seasoned mixture of tomato sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar. This recipe uses boneless country-style ribs, but you could use spare ribs, bone-in country-style ribs, or pork chops in the dish.
These pork ribs are delicious served with hot cooked rice and cooked frozen peas or broccoli. Add a little chili paste (sambal) or crushed red pepper to spice the sauce up a bit.
- 3 to 4 pounds country-style ribs (boneless pork ribs)
- 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks (undrained)
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
- 1/2 cup thickly sliced green pepper
- 1 garlic clove (minced)
- Arrange the boneless pork ribs in the slow cooker or in a slow cooker cooking bag.
- In a bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in the pineapple chunks with juice, sliced onion, green bell pepper, and garlic.
- Pour the sauce over the ribs in the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, or on low for 7 to 9 hours.
Feel free to change up this recipe a bit to add spice or some vegetables.
You can also swap out the pork for chicken.
- Add some crushed red pepper flakes or sambal chili sauce if you like a little heat.
- Add a thinly sliced or julienne-cut carrot to the sauce mixture.
- Make the dish with pork chops or cubes of pork loin or lean pork shoulder.
- Instead of pork, use boneless chicken thighs in this dish.
Other Slow Cooker Rib Recipes
If you like this recipe, you may want to try some that are similar in cooking style with the flavors of barbecue. Slow cooker country-style ribs combines ingredients such as ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar to create a homemade barbecue sauce that carries a little heat due to the addition of some hot sauce. A similar recipe is crock pot barbecued country-style ribs, which uses bottled barbecue sauce for a quicker preparation.