Oven-Braised Country Style Pork Ribs With Apple Cider

Oven-Braised Country Style Pork Ribs With Apple Cider

Slow braising in the oven makes these country-style pork ribs tender and flavorful. This pork dish is perfect for fall and winter family meals.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather all ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Heat the oven to 300 F (150 C/Gas 2).
  3. Step 3

    Sprinkle the pork ribs with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Step 4

    Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ribs, in batches if necessary, and sear on all sides. Remove to a plate and set aside. 
  5. Step 5

    Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the onion, carrot, and celery. Cook, stirring until onion is translucent and lightly browned. Add the minced garlic and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  6. Step 6

    Add the ribs back to the pan. In a bowl, combine the cider, vinegar, chicken broth, and tomato paste; blend well. Add the bay leaves and thyme; pour over the ribs. Cover the Dutch oven and bake for 3 hours, or until very tender. 
  7. Step 7

    Skim the fat from the juices and remove bay leaves. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed. If desired, thicken the juices (see note below).
  8. Step 8

    Serve the ribs with the vegetables and juices, along with boiled or mashed potatoes. Note: To thicken the juices, combine 1 1/2 tablespoons of flour with 2 tablespoons of cold water, stirring until smooth. Bring the skimmed juices to a simmer on the stovetop; stir in the flour mixture and cook, stirring, until thickened.