Country style ribs are a classic, year-round comfort food, yet this Tradewinds Peach iced tea braise screams summer. Enjoy these tender boneless ribs at your final BBQ of the season!
Disclosure: This is a collaboration with Tradewinds Tea. All opinions are my own.
With the end of summer here, we have to enjoy those last fleeting moments of grilling season here in Michigan. It’s so funny because the minute March hits here in the Midwest, we’re ready for warm weather and flip flops, yet in September, we’re ready for fall. Or at least, I am! I love the leaves, scarves and cooler temperatures. This week has been unseasoably warm here, it’s crazy to see 90º weather in September.
These braised country style ribs are year-round, classic comfort food. Since it’s nice out, we finish them on the grill for a nice char, but in the winter they’re super delicious finished off in the oven. Whatever floats your boat!
The key to these delicious, boneless ribs is a great braising liquid: peach tea! No really, it’s perfect for braising. The sugars break down to create a delicious sauce for the ribs. I love Tradewinds Peach tea because it doesn’t have a lot of extra sweeteners—just a subtle peach flavor. Obviously, it’s great for drinking, too!
Country style ribs can come boneless or bone-in; for this recipe get the boneless variety. They’re usually found right next to the pork chops in the meat section of your store. I love them because they’re tender cuts of meat and usually much cheaper than ribs! I’m not a huge fan of bone-in meat, especially ribs because they’re so messy and hard to eat. These ribs are perfect for a gathering, and you can braise them low and slow all day, just quickly finishing them on the grill.
In a large Dutch oven or pot, it’s essential to slightly brown the seasoned country ribs first. This step cooks in the dry rub and helps keep the boneless ribs from falling apart while in the braising liquid. They don’t have to cook all of the way through yet. Any brown bits on the bottom of the pan are a-okay–that is flavor for the peach tea to de-glaze! Usually this step takes a few rounds to get all of the ribs browned.
After removing all of the pork from the pan, add oil and onions on top of the brown bits. Slowly pour the Tradewinds Peach tea to the pan, scraping the bottom. Slowly add in the pork. Since they’re small cuts of meat, they don’t need to cook too long–an hour is plenty! You can do this the day before your BBQ if you want!
Wow the crowd at your next BBQ or party with these easy-to-eat braised country style ribs. The peach tea and dry rub gives these tender cuts of meat an amazing flavor. Brush with BBQ sauce at the end.
- 3 pounds Boneless Country Style Ribs
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 large white onion, chopped
- 2 cups Tradewinds Peach Tea
- 1 cup BBQ sauce of choice
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, pepper and salt. Mix with a fork. Place in a gallon sized zip bag.
Pat the ribs dry with a paper towel and place in dry rub bag. Shake to coat. Set aside.
Heat dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Add canola oil. Allow to heat up for 3-4 minutes.
Add 3-4 ribs at a time to hot dutch oven. Brown on all sides and remove from pan. They do NOT need to be cooked all the way through at this point. Repeat until all ribs are browned.
To the empty dutch oven, add onions and allow to brown for 1 minute. Slowly pour peach tea into the pan, scraping the brown bits on the bottom.
Using tongs, return the pork to the pan and bring to a bubble. The meat should be almost covered entirely by the tea. If not, add more if necessary.
Cover and bubble on low for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not overcook the ribs!
Remove from liquid and place on a foil lined cookie sheet. Place ribs on a hot grill to get char marks, finishing with your favorite BBQ sauce.
Be sure to grab a gallon-sized bottle of Tradewinds tea at your local grocery store! It’s also great mixed with lemonade and vodka for an adult Arnold Palmer!
Have you tried country style ribs before? What’s your favorite flavor of Tradewinds Tea?