Pulled Pork With Country Style Pork Spare Ribs

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This pulled pork with country style spare ribs is messy, juicy and downright flavor filled. In fact, a fork is most likely needed to eat it. Wear a bib or have lots of paper napkins on hand.

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Nine spices are mixed together to create a rub in which the meat marinates in overnight. It’s then simmered in a slow cooker steeped in a bottle of stout beer. In the last two hours, the country style spare ribs is cooked in onions and a favorite bottle of barbecue sauce.

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The Recipe
Serves 10-12

Tools: Slow cooker


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried chipotle pepper

  • 1 Tablespoon dried paprika pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried cayenne pepper

  • 2 teaspoon granulated garlic

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 3 medium yellow onions, peeled and sliced thick

  • 1 - 18-ounce bottle of barbecue sauce.

  • 3 pounds pork shoulder country style spare ribs, washed and excess fat removed


  1. In a large bowl, stir together all spice ingredients.

  2. Toss the country style spare ribs in the spices, rubbing it into the meat.

  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  4. Place pork shoulder in slow cooker and pour in the stout beer. Set slow cooker temperature to high. Cook for 3 hours. (About half way through, stir the meat around, making sure all pieces are being covered by the beer.

  5. Add onions and stir in the bottle of barbecue sauce. Cook for 2 hours or until onions are tender and the spare ribs are starting to fall apart. Or use a fork to help the rib pieces come apart.

  6. While hot and ready to serve, use a slotted spoon to scoop out sloppy joe over the bottom half of a hot dog bun. Top with more juice, if desired.

Cooking Notes:

  • Chipotle pepper is smoked, dried jalapeño pepper. It adds a slightly smoked flavor, adjust it to your taste. If a flavor with heat or less heat is desired, adjust any one of the four peppers accordingly.

  • Pulled Pork is most often made with a whole pork should or a Boston butt which is half shoulder and half picnic shoulder. Don’t hesitate to use this recipe to substitute with one of these cuts. I had used the country style spare ribs because I happened to be at Costco butcher department when they put out this cut in very large chunks. The length of pulled fibers would just be shorter than that of a whole shoulder cut.

  • If short on time to marinade the meat in the spices overnight, try to marinade for at least 4-5 hours.

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Have a beer and then

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