Slow Cooker Cranberry-Apple Country-Style Pork Ribs

Country Style Pork Ribs With Cranberries and Apples, Slow Cooker
Country Style Pork Ribs With Cranberries and Apples. Diana Rattray
  • 7 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings

Boneless country-style ribs are teamed up with a fresh cranberry apple sauce and slow cooked to tender perfection. Serve these ribs with sweet potatoes and green beans for a delicious fall or winter meal.

Serve the ribs with hot cooked rice or noodles.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups cranberries (8 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, diced, about 1 cup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon mace or nutmeg
  • 3 to 4 pounds boneless country style ribs
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) frozen small white onions, or 1 large onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 to 2 tablespoons cold water, optional*

How to Make It

In a saucepan, combine the cranberries, maple syrup, brown sugar, water, and apple. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in mustard, cinnamon, and mace or nutmeg.

Arrange the onions in the bottom of the crockery insert of a 5 to 7-quart slow cooker. Put pork ribs on top of the onions then spoon the cranberry sauce evenly over all.

Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or until the pork is tender.

To thicken the sauce (optional), remove the pork to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm.

Pour the liquids into a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the liquids are reduced slightly and the flavors are more concentrated (condensation over a long slow cooking period tends to water down broth and other liquids). Combine the cornstarch with 1 to 2 tablespoons of cold water and mix until smooth. Stir into the liquids and continue cooking until thickened. Serve the sauce with the pork.

Serves 6 to 8.

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