Active time: 20 min. Total time: 2 hours, 20 min.
Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 2 boneless ribs and sauce)

No grill? No problem. These juicy Boneless Pork Ribs are so tender they fall apart, and the only thing better than the meat is the slightly sweet, tart, and smoky sauce. We’ve hit all the flavors you’re looking for in barbecue, resulting in a combination of tastes that’s juuuuuust right for a backyard cookout or family dinner. Be sure to get boneless country style ribs for this recipe. You can ask your butcher to cut a boneless pork shoulder into 1 1/2 inch-thick slabs. The process requires that you bake the ribs covered in the beginning, to retain the juice that are released from the meat, and uncovered at the end to give them a nice exterior texture and lots of texture. Serve with your favorite comfort-style side, like potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, or grilled veggies.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 
  • 1teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 3 1/2 to 4 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs, cut into 1-in.-thick x 1 1/2-in.-wide pieces  
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 300°F. Coat bottom of a sheet pan with olive oil. Stir together paprika, chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper in a small bowl until blended. Sprinkle all sides of ribs with spice mixture, and place ribs in a single layer in prepared sheet pan. Cover tightly with aluminum foil, and bake in preheated oven until ribs are tender and can be pulled apart with a fork, about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Step 2

Meanwhile, whisk together ketchup, molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire, chopped chiles, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Pour half of sauce into a small bowl, and reserve for serving.

Step 3

Remove ribs from oven, and increase oven temperature to 450°F. Uncover ribs, and drain any accumulated juices from sheet pan. Baste ribs with remaining sauce. (Discard any unused basting sauce.) Bake ribs at 450°F, uncovered, until ribs are very tender and sauce has become sticky and slightly glazed on ribs, about 20 minutes. Serve ribs with reserved sauce. 

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