These Country Style Pork Ribs were so fall apart tender and flavorful my crew devoured them so I may have accidentally failed to mention there was coffee in the barbecue sauce. It only takes a few ingredients and about 10 minutes of hands on time and then you can let the slow cooker or pressure cooker do the work.
Strong coffee added to barbecue sauce gives it a richer flavor and darker color. No, it doesn’t taste like coffee. At all. My guys would not touch if it did.
Coffee also does amazing things for chocolate, so if you are not a coffee lover you really want to pick up some espresso powder like this to have on hand to add to your barbecue sauce or chocolate cake.
One problem I have with both slow cookers and pressure cookers is the sauce gets watered down in the cooking process make it blah to serve it along with the meat. But it is watered down with some great flavoring from the meat.
My solution: I added enough sauce to just coat the ribs then mixed half of the cooking juice with some more barbecue sauce for serving. Thick, rich, flavorful sauce. Mmmmm!
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Country Style Pork Ribs with Coffee Barbecue Sauce
- 3-4 pounds boneless pork shoulder country style pork ribs
- 2-3 tablespoons rib rub or barbecue seasoning our rib rub recipe in notes
- 1/4 cup strong coffee or 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1 bottle barbecue sauce
- Trim about 1/4 inch fat from the ribs and chop into small bits. Turn the electric pressure cooker to saute (or in a skillet on the stove for a slow cooker) and cook down the chopped up fat until most of it has liquefied.
- While the fat is rendering, rub the ribs with the seasoning.
- Add the ribs to the hot pan and brown for a few minutes on each side.
- Slow Cooker only: put ribs in the slow cooker. Deglaze the pan with the coffee (pour coffee into the skillet and scrap the pan to remove the browned bits of fabulous flavor).
- Add the coffee and 1 cup of the barbecue sauce to the ribs. Stir to combine.
- Pressure cooker: Cook at high pressure for 45 minutes and do a natural release. Slow Cooker: Cook on low for 4-6 hours (time will vary depending on the size of your cooker).
- Ladle some of the cooking liquid into a bowl and combine with more barbecue sauce for a thicker serving sauce.
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