Carolina Country-Style Ribs

Every region of America boasts an unique barbecue style. Here's the Carolina version!

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Why not go “whole hog” and cook up some ribs to go with your potato salad? This delectable recipe comes courtesy of the National Pork Board.

Carolina Country-Style Ribs

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water, cold
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses OR 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne


Place ribs in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag; set aside. In 4-cup glass measure, stir together vinegar, water, oil, molasses (or brown sugar), salt, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper until salt is dissolved. Remove 1/2 cup marinade; set aside. Add remaining marinade to ribs. Seal bag and marinate for 4 to 6 hours in the refrigerator. Remove ribs from marinade; discard marinade.

Prepare medium-hot fire. Grill ribs over indirect heat for 50 to 60 minutes or until pork is tender and the internal temperature reaches 160º F. Baste ribs twice with reserved marinade during last 15 minutes of grilling. 
Serves 6.

Calories: 198 calories

Protein: 14 grams

Fat: 14 grams

Sodium: 355 milligrams

Cholesterol: 51 milligrams

Saturated Fat: 5 grams

Carbohydrates: 2 grams

Fiber: 0 grams

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