Mouth-watering Country-Style Ribs Recipe

Oh friends! Gather ’round for I have a recipe to share that is sure to satisfy even the most voracious of appetites! What dish, you ask? Why, it is none other than Wine-Marinated Country-Style Ribs – a culinary masterpiece straight from my kitchen to yours.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – ribs are greasy and unhealthy, right? But that’s where you’re wrong! This recipe takes country-style pork ribs to a whole new level of deliciousness by marinating them overnight in dry red wine and a host of seasonings. The result? Tender, juicy meat that falls off the bone and melts in your mouth with every bite.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or searching for a dinner recipe to impress your family, Wine-Marinated Country-Style Ribs are sure to delight. So without further ado, let’s dive in and get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Wine-Marinated Country-Style Ribs
Wine-Marinated Country-Style Ribs

Dear foodies,

Have you ever had a craving for something savory, juicy, and succulent? If so, then this recipe is perfect for you. It’s time to introduce you to a dish that will fulfill all your meaty desires – Wine-Marinated Country-Style Ribs!

Firstly, country-style pork ribs are known for their tender meat that falls right off the bone after cooking. And when paired with the rich flavor of red wine, it creates an unforgettable mouthwatering experience. Each bite delivers an explosion of flavors that will have your taste buds dancing.

Secondly, this recipe is beyond easy to create. Simply marinate the ribs overnight in a mix of red wine, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. The next day all you have to do is place them on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for an hour or so. That’s it! No fancy cooking techniques or pricey equipment needed.

Finally, these Wine-Marinated Country-Style Ribs can be enjoyed in so many different ways. Want something more filling? Serve with creamy mashed potatoes, garlic bread, and a crisp side salad. In the mood for something spicy and sweet? Drizzle a bit of BBQ sauce on top and pair them with Korean BBQ sides like kimchi or pickled vegetables.

So why deprive yourself of such a delightful dining experience? Try out Wine-Marinated Country-Style Ribs tonight – your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 The rich color of the wine marinade adds depth to these delicious country-style ribs.
The rich color of the wine marinade adds depth to these delicious country-style ribs.

The ingredients you will need for this delicious Wine-Marinated Country Style Ribs Recipe are:

  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of country-style pork ribs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

For the marinade:

  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the wine-braised country style ribs:

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2 racks of country-style pork ribs
  • Dried rosemary leaves, crushed (about 1/2 teaspoon)

For the best marinated country style pork ribs:

  • Soy sauce
  • White wine or red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper

For the slow cooker red wine-braised short ribs:

  • Bone-in beef short ribs (about 4 pounds)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil (for browning)
  • Carrots, peeled, chopped
  • Large onions, chopped
  • Head garlic, Halved crosswise with cloves separated
  • Tomato paste
  • All-purpose flour
  • Low-salt beef stock or chicken broth
  • Dry red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Worcestershire sauce

The Recipe How-To

 These ribs were marinated in a bold red wine with herbs and spices for maximum flavor.
These ribs were marinated in a bold red wine with herbs and spices for maximum flavor.

Now that we’ve got your attention with the previous sections, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of the recipe. Here’s the how-to for making wine-marinated country-style ribs:

Marinating The Ribs

  1. In a large zip-top bag, combine 1 cup of dry red wine, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary leaves crushed, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano leaves, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper and 1 clove garlic, finely chopped.

  2. Add the 2 pounds country-style pork ribs to the bag, close it tightly, and massage the marinade all over the ribs until they’re evenly coated. Open the bag just enough to press out any excess air before closing completely.

  3. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or up to overnight.

Cooking The Ribs

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

  2. Remove the rib from the marinade and reserve the marinade.

  3. Heat a Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed oven-safe pot over medium heat on your stovetop and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.

  4. Brown both sides of the ribs on all sides until they are golden brown.

  5. Remove from heat and set aside.

  6. In the same Dutch oven or pot on medium heat, add reserved marinade and stir in ⅔ cup apple cider vinegar and 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped.

  7. Cook for 5 minutes while scraping any brown bits left by ribs from the bottom of the pot.

  8. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before pouring over browned ribs in a baking dish.

  9. Bake uncovered for about 90 minutes or until the internal temperature is 195°F when checked with a meat thermometer.

Serving The Ribs

Serve the wine-marinated country-style ribs hot out of the oven with a side of your choosing. We suggest steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, or wine-braised collard greens.

This recipe makes for a flavorful and satisfying meal that is sure to please both family and friends. Bon appetit!

Substitutions and Variations

 Cooking these juicy ribs low and slow over the grill will give them a smoky char and lock in the wine-infused flavor.
Cooking these juicy ribs low and slow over the grill will give them a smoky char and lock in the wine-infused flavor.

Hooray! There are many substitutions and variations you can make to this wine-marinated country-style ribs recipe. Here are a few ideas for altering the recipe ingredients to suit your preferences and cravings.

Firstly, feel free to experiment with the type of wine you use for marinating the ribs. While dry red wine is recommended for its robust flavor, you can also try using white wine or even rose wine for a sweeter taste.

If you don’t have dried oregano leaves on hand, no problem! You can substitute them with basil or thyme.

Want to switch up the type of meat used? You can easily use pork belly or baby back ribs instead of country-style pork ribs.

For those who prefer a spicier taste, add some hot sauce to the marinade fluids. Addition of korean bbq sauce may offer a sweet-salty flavor reminiscent of asian cuisine.

Vegetarian? Swap out the pork with any root vegetable such as carrots or yams along with vegetable broth instead of wine.

Finally, if you want to use an oven instead of grilling, bake the ribs in a dutch oven, covered with foil and then uncover and bake until crispy while adding more marinade as needed. Either way, braised or oven-baked, it’s still promisingly succulent!

No matter what substitutions or variations you choose to make in this recipe, it will still be delicious and always best if enjoyed together with friends and family.

Serving and Pairing

 Country-style ribs are the perfect pairing for a hearty red wine marinade.
Country-style ribs are the perfect pairing for a hearty red wine marinade.

Once you’ve prepared these succulent wine-marinated country-style ribs, it’s time to think about how best to serve and pair them. There are a variety of options when it comes to serving this hearty and flavorful dish. One classic option is to serve them with a side of tangy coleslaw or a simple green salad dressed with a vinaigrette. Another popular option is to serve the ribs alongside some creamy mac and cheese or a helping of mashed potatoes.

But what about pairing these delicious ribs with the perfect wine? The red wine used in the marinade provides some good clues. A dry red wine, like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot, would be an excellent pairing, as it mirrors the flavors found in the marinade. Alternatively, if you prefer something lighter, a Pinot Noir or Grenache would also work well.

For those who prefer beer over wine, an American amber ale or brown ale would bring out the smoky flavors in the pork and complement the sweetness of the marinade.

No matter which beverage you choose, be sure to enjoy it with friends and family while savoring each bite of these amazingly marinated country-style ribs!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Infused with the fruity flavor of red wine, every bite of these ribs is packed with bold, unforgettable taste.
Infused with the fruity flavor of red wine, every bite of these ribs is packed with bold, unforgettable taste.

What’s great about the Wine-Marinated Country-Style Ribs Recipe is that it can be made in advance, making it easier for you to plan ahead and prepare for a special dinner or gathering with friends and family. You can marinate the country-style pork ribs in wine and other ingredients for up to 24 hours ahead of time, which not only adds flavor but also helps make the meat more tender.

If you happen to have leftovers, you can store this dish in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat it, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the ribs in a single layer in a baking dish or on a baking sheet. Cover tightly with foil and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

Another option is to reheat them using your microwave. Simply place the ribs in a microwave-safe dish and cover loosely with a damp paper towel or plastic wrap that has been pierced with a few holes to allow steam to escape. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Keep in mind that microwaving may result in slightly tougher meat than reheating in the oven.

No matter how you choose to reheat it, make sure to season the marinated country style pork ribs with salt and pepper to taste before serving as the flavors tend to mellow out during storage.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't skimp on the marinade – it's what makes these ribs truly special.
Don’t skimp on the marinade – it’s what makes these ribs truly special.

To achieve the best results for this wine-marinated country-style ribs recipe, there are some crucial tips you should follow.

Firstly, make sure your pork ribs are at room temperature before cooking. This is important because if the meat is too cold, it will not cook evenly or thoroughly throughout.

Secondly, when marinating the ribs, be sure to let them marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight for maximum flavor infusion. The longer they marinate, the more flavorful and tender they will become.

Thirdly, use a Dutch oven or other oven-safe baking dish to cook the ribs. This will allow them to cook evenly and thoroughly, with no hot spots that could burn or dry out the meat.

Fourthly, let the ribs rest for a few minutes after cooking before serving. This will give the juices time to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more flavorful and juicy end product.

Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative with substitutions and variations! Try different types of dry red wine or even white wine instead of red for a unique twist on this classic recipe. You can also experiment with different types of herb combinations or add in some soy sauce for an Asian-inspired marinade.

By following these tips and experimenting with your own variations, you’re sure to create a delicious and unique dish that will leave your guests raving!


Before wrapping up the article, let me address some frequently asked questions about this wine-marinated country-style ribs recipe. I have received many questions from food enthusiasts and home cooks alike who are eager to try out this dish. In this section, I’ll provide answers to the most commonly asked queries that can help you make the most of this recipe. So, without any further ado, let’s dive into the FAQ section.

How long should you marinate ribs?

To prevent dryness while cooking ribs, it’s crucial to marinate them for a minimum of 12 hours, or better yet, overnight. Not only does marinating add flavor, but it also helps the meat to retain more moisture during grilling or smoking.

What is the best way to tenderize country-style ribs?

Making these ribs is not labor-intensive as the oven takes care of most of the cooking process. To enhance the tenderness and taste of the meat, a dash of apple cider vinegar is included. The addition of vinegar, water, and steam helps to maintain the moisture and succulence of the ribs as they cook.

What do you soak ribs in to make them tender?

To prepare tender and flavorful ribs, start by marinating them in apple cider vinegar for two hours, then remove and dry them before coating in a rub. Arrange the ribs meat-side up in a shallow baking dish with a little water at the bottom, and seal tightly with foil. Let them cook slowly in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours, until the meat is succulent and falls off the bone.

What does vinegar do to country-style ribs?

Enhance the tenderness of ribs by combining water and apple cider vinegar in the pan while cooking. For an ideal texture, cover the pan with foil to allow the steam to work its magic.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this wine-marinated country-style ribs recipe is a must-try for all pork lovers out there. The combination of dry red wine and aromatic spices creates a burst of flavors that will leave you craving for more. These marinated ribs are perfect for a family gathering, party, or any special occasion.

What’s more, this recipe is easy to make and can be customized to fit your taste preferences. You can adjust the quantity of the ingredients or substitute them as desired.

Whether you’re using a slow cooker or a Dutch oven, this recipe guarantees tender and juicy country-style pork ribs that will melt in your mouth.

So why not give it a try? Impress your friends and family with this delectable dish at your next event. And don’t forget to pair it with your favorite red wine for the ultimate dining experience.

Trust me, once you’ve tried this wine-marinated country-style ribs recipe, you won’t be able to resist making it again and again!

Wine-Marinated Country-Style Ribs

Wine-Marinated Country-Style Ribs Recipe

These are a delicious way to grill ribs. Be very careful while grilling ribs for at least the first 1/2 hour otherwise they will burn from the drippings falling into grill (unless you put a drip pan underneath). These do require a long marinading time.
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Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 608.7 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 lbs country-style pork ribs, cut into serving pieces (I use the big beef ribs)


  • Heat oil over medium heat.
  • Cook oregano and garlic 30 seconds.
  • Remove from heat and stir in wine, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Place ribs in a glass dish.
  • Pour wine mixture over top; turn to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  • Turn ribs occasionally to coat with marinade.
  • Prepare grill.
  • May want to place a drip pan underneath.
  • Remove ribs from marinade reserving marinade.
  • Grill ribs on grill over medium heat for approximately 1 hour, turning occasionally and brushing with marinade, until ribs are cooked.
  • Discard remaining marinade.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 254gCalories: 608.7kcalCarbohydrates: 1.8gProtein: 38.6gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 15.3gCholesterol: 156.5mgSodium: 326.4mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.8g
Keyword Easy, Meat, Pork, Spring, Summer, Weeknight
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