Tender, easy fall off the bone Instant Pot country style ribs in just one hour! Make our perfectly cooked finger-licking good recipe with either boneless country ribs or bone-in. It's a Whole Lotta Yum!
Instant Pot Country Style Ribs Reviews from Pinterest:
- "Literally falling off the bone! Delicious!" ~ Holly
- "It worked! First time ever cooking ribs!" ~ Lisa
- "Best ribs ever - super easy and quick" ~ Carly
We use our favorite pork seasoning rub for making not only these Instant Pot country style ribs, and for basically every pork cut or on chicken too!
After pressure cooking, just give the ribs a quick broil with a little more BBQ sauce for that just off-the-grill appearance. Have plenty of napkins on hand for enjoying your finger-licking fall-of-the-bone country style ribs Instant Pot recipe!
Cooking bone-in or boneless pork ribs with barbecue sauce is classic American comfort food at its finest...especially during the summer! But literally, these ribs are so juicy, so easy, and delicious that your family will want you to make them year-round.
What Are Country Style Ribs?
Country style ribs are a type of pork meat that comes from the blade end of the pork loin, close to the shoulder. Pork shoulder is the same cut of meat you'd use to make pulled pork, you're just slicing them into rib-looking sections. You can often find them at the grocery store either boneless or with bone attached.
Boneless pork ribs, or pork shoulder slices do not contain rib bones as you'd find with a more expensive cut of meat like baby back ribs. They're a popular pork recipe served like "ribs" that are much lower in price than pork back ribs or baby back ribs.
You will love this Country Ribs Instant Pot Recipe
While we've made country ribs so many times over the years, ever since buying a pressure cooker, making Instant Pot country style ribs has been our go-to method! They literally turn sooo juicy, in a way that other methods just can't do since they get cooked under pressure.
While the crockpot still does a good job, cooking Instant Pot country style ribs turns out even better. Not only can you cook the bone-in or boneless country-style pork ribs in under an hour, but they are incredibly juicy and delicious ~ just as if you'd been slow-cooking them all day in the oven or a slow cooker.
- Country pork style ribs are an inexpensive cut of meat, which makes this a great budget meal.
- No browning is needed beforehand, this is a dump and go Instant Pot country ribs recipe that preps in 5 minutes.
- You can do a quick broil or grill of the ribs after they're done in the pressure cooker to get that fresh grilled appearance.
- Instant Pot country ribs can work for everyone! They are gluten-free and dairy-free already and are paleo, Whole30, low-carb, or keto with easy adaptions.
- It takes just 4 basic ingredients!
Instant Pot Country Style Ribs Ingredients
There are just a few ingredients in this instant pot country style ribs recipe, so that makes it even easier on busy weeknights. Who knew you'd be able to make a main dish like Instant Pot boneless ribs after work and be eating it within the hour?!
- Country style pork ribs - the Instant Pot country ribs call for either bone-in or boneless pork ribs.
- Dry rub for ribs seasoning mix - Spices and seasonings- cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika , sea salt, coarse ground black pepper, cayenne pepper brown sugar (or golden monk fruit for sugar-free). You can also use your favorite store-bought pork rub instead.
- BBQ sauce- Use your favorite BBQ sauce brand, Sweet Baby Ray's is great! Or this is a sugar-free sauce that's delicious too.
- Liquid - beef or chicken broth or you can use apple juice, apple cider vinegar, or pineapple juice.
- Worcestershire sauce- adding just a touch to the pot adds a little bit of umami flavor that's just divine!
How to make these Instant Pot Boneless Pork Ribs
Making instant pot boneless pork ribs just requires a few simple steps! You'll be adding the rib rub, layering the 4 ingredients in the pot, pressure cooking, and broiling for a few minutes at the end.
Mix & Spread the Dry Rub
Step 1: In a small bowl mix the dry rub ingredients including the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar.
Step 2: Spread the dry rub evenly on both sides of the ribs, gently pressing it into the meat so it sticks and doesn't fall off when you're cooking the pork.
Add Ingredients to the Pot
Step 3: Pour the beef or chicken broth into the bottom of your Instant Pot and insert your instant pot rack. Add the ribs to your Instant Pot, long-handled rubber tongs work great for this.
Step 4: Spread the barbecue sauce over the ribs with a basting brush.
Step 5: Cook at high temperature on the Manual setting for 45 minutes. Depending on your Instant Pot model, this might also be called Pressure Cook.
Step 6: Natural Release the pressure for 15 minutes before removing the lid. Carefully remove the Instant Pot country style ribs to keep them intact and spread them with more barbecue sauce if desired.
Step 7: As an OPTIONAL STEP, if you want that "just grilled" appearance you can place the Instant Pot pork ribs on a baking sheet and then broil the ribs in the oven on the top rack for 3-5 minutes OR you can cook them on the grill. Serve with extra BBQ sauce on the side. Enjoy!
Tips for PERFECT Instant Pot Boneless Pork Ribs
- Take the country ribs out of the fridge 15-30 minutes before cooking helps the ribs to cook more evenly.
- Instead of doing a quick broil at the end, serve the Instant Pot country ribs straight from the pressure cooker.
- Boneless country-style ribs also make a great substitution for pulled pork instead of using pork butt.
- Make the ribs healthier by using a homemade rub without sugar and a BBQ sauce that doesn't have it either.
- If you're running low on BBQ sauce, don't add it to the pot and just pressure cook the recipe in broth. And then save the BBQ to baste on after cooking.
- If your ribs have bones, just add a few more minutes to the cooking time.
- Other liquids you can add instead of broth are apple juice, apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice, or water.
- Use a teriyaki sauce instead of BBQ sauce
- Liquid smoke - add a touch of liquid smoke for that just off the barbecue flavor
- Make Asian country style ribs by using the 5.0 star sauce we used on our Asian Instant Pot beef ribs!
What to serve with Country Ribs
All the BBQ classics are a fantastic choice to serve with country-style pork ribs!
- A simple salad
- Corn on the cob
- Potato salad
- Roasted vegetables
- Pressure cooker collard greens
- Baked beans
- Creamy Macaroni and cheese
How to Store and Reheat Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
Store: Instant Pot country style ribs can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Reheat: The best way to reheat country style pork ribs is to wrap them in foil and bake them in a preheated oven at 350 F for about 15 minutes, or until they’re heated to an internal temperature of at least 165 F.
Can Country Style Ribs be frozen?
Country style ribs can be frozen after cooking them. Wrap them in foil and place them in a freezer bag or airtight freezer safe container. Frozen country style ribs are best eaten within 1 month (for the best flavor) but will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.
Country Style Ribs FAQs
Since this is an Instant Pot country ribs recipe using boneless ribs, you might be wondering how to make this same recipe using bone-in country ribs.
Simply follow the exact same recipe except you'll add about 3 minutes to the pressure cooker cooking time. By some chance, if your ribs aren't fall-off-the-bone just add 2 more minutes to the cooking time!
If you're on a low carb or keto diet or are simply just trying to avoid sugar, we'll give you easy substitution ideas to make this a no sugar and keto-friendly Instant Pot pork ribs recipe.
While the Instant Pot country ribs are low carb since you don't use much sweetener, as written there are 5 net carbs per 4 ounces serving. You can make it completely without brown sugar by using a sugar-free pork rub and a BBQ sauce that doesn't add sugar either.
So you might be surprised to learn this, but country-style pork ribs aren't technically ribs at all! They're much more like pork chops than something like baby back ribs.
Country pork ribs are mostly meat and have much less fat than ribs. People generally cook their instant pot pork country ribs in that fall-off-the-bone until the meat is very soft.
For best results, you want to defrost the frozen country ribs before cooking our Instant Pot country ribs recipe. Defrost the ribs overnight in the fridge to thaw them into individual rib sections.
More Rib Recipes
- Baby back ribs in the oven
- Instant Pot Beef Ribs
- Baby Back Ribs in Instant Pot
- Air fryer ribs
- Air fryer country style ribs
More Instant Pot Recipes
If you loved Instant Pot country ribs then you'll love these Instant Pot recipes too!
- Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe
- Instant Pot Beer Brats
- Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe
- Cooking Frozen Chicken in an Instant Pot
We hope you love our Instant Pot country ribs recipe! Be sure to leave questions or comments below and we always love to see your photos on Pinterest or Instagram.
Boneless Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
- Kitchen Tongs
- 3-4 lb boneless country-style pork ribs boneless or bone-in
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground garlic
- 1 tablespoon ground onion powder
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon stevia
- ½ cup BBQ sauce + more to baste after cooking
- 1 C beef or chicken broth
- In a small bowl make the rub by combining the cumin, chili powder, ground garlic, ground onion powder, smoked paprika, fine sea salt, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, and sweetener.
- Heavily season both sides of the country ribs with the pork seasoning. You'll have more than you need, save extra rub for other pork or chicken recipes.
- Add the trivet to the bottom of the pressure cooker and add the broth (or other liquid) to the bottom of your instant pot.
- Lay the ribs on the trivet, stacking the ribs if needed to get them to fit.
- Pour about ½ cup of BBQ sauce onto the ribs and spread the sauce evenly with a rubber tip basting brush. This is optional if you prefer your ribs without barbecue sauce!
- Cook at high temperature for 45 minutes on the manual/pressure cook setting (depending on your IP model). Natural release the pressure for 15 minutes.
- Remove the ribs carefully and baste them with more sauce if desired.
- Optional - broil the ribs for 3-5 minutes to give them a grilled appearance. Enjoy!
- Take the country ribs out of the fridge 15-30 minutes before cooking, taking the chill off of them helps the ribs to cook more evenly.
- We used Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, for a no sugar BBQ sauce Primal Kitchen makes a great Hawaiian sauce sweetened with honey.
- In recipe testing, whether you're using bone-in country ribs or boneless, the cooking time was the same.
- Boneless country-style ribs also make a great substitution for pulled pork instead of using pork butt.
- If your ribs weigh more than 4 lbs you might need to add a few minutes to the cooking time. If they aren't fall off the bone tender after cooking, just add a few more minutes to the cooking time; the pot will come back to pressure very quickly.