Cooking boneless pork ribs with BBQ sauce is classic American comfort food at it's finest...especially during the summer! But with your electric pressure cooker you can make Instant Pot country ribs quicker than you can even believe.
Making Instant Pot country style ribs is a hearty and easy meal you can enjoy on a weeknight and wait to start the recipe when you get home. Better yet...boneless ribs in an Instant Pot mean you can enjoy them all-year-round! It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
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. You can often find them at the grocery store either boneless or with bone attached.
Boneless pork ribs do not contain rib bones like 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.
Why you'll love this Country Ribs Instant Pot Recipe
While we used to make boneless country ribs in the crock-pot, ever since buying an Instant Pot, country ribs in a pressure cooker is our new favorite method for cooking country-style pork ribs.
While the crockpot still does a good job, cooking Instant Pot country style ribs turns out even better. Not only can you cook the 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.
Unless you're serving dinner to someone who doesn't eat meat, the Instant Pot country ribs can work for everyone! They are gluten-free and dairy-free already, and to be paleo, Whole30, low-carb, or keto, you'll just need to make simple ingredient swaps that are mentioned below in the recipe.
Why You'll Love This!
- Country-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.
- The Instant Pot country ribs is easy to adapt to a variety of diet plans and dietary restrictions
- It takes just 4 basic ingredients!
Serve the Instant Pot country ribs with boiled corn on the cob and our healthy coleslaw recipe to make a complete meal that takes less than 30 minutes that will please everyone in your home!
And if you're looking for more ways to cook ribs for dinner, be sure to try our instant pot baby back ribs, air fryer country style ribs, air fryer ribs (baby back), or the BEST ribs in an oven!
Country Style Boneless Ribs Ingredients
There are very few ingredients in this instant pot country-style ribs recipe, so that makes it even easier on busy weeknights. Before purchasing a pressure cooker, I would've never guessed that I could start making the main dish like instant pot boneless ribs after work and be eating it within the hour.
- Boneless country-style ribs - the Instant Pot country ribs calls for boneless ribs but you can cook bone-in ribs as well just adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
- Dry rub for ribs seasoning mix - use your favorite grocery store brand or our homemade rib rub.
- BBQ sauce (plus more to add after cooking)- our favorite is Baby Ray's, but here's a sugar-free sauce you can make to keep this lower carb.
- Broth - beef or chicken
The exact quantities you'll need are at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
We love to make our own dry rub seasoning without sugar, it uses common pantry ingredients and it keeps for months. This is the same rub we use for our dry rub oven-baked baby back ribs recipe. You, of course, can use your own favorite brand of rub mix for the instant pot country-style ribs.
- An Instant Pot - we LOVE this model!!
- A basting brush for spreading the BBQ sauce
- Long handled rubber tongs
How to cook Boneless Pork Ribs in the Instant Pot
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 as an optional step.
Spread the Rub
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.
If you're making our homemade pork rib rub, you'll, of course, want to prep that before you get started cooking! Any of your favorite store-bought brands will also work.
Add Ingredients to the Pot
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.
Pour the BBQ sauce over the ribs, and spread it evenly with a basting brush.
Cook on high temperature on the Manual setting for 45 minutes. Depending on your Instant Pot model, this might also be called Pressure Cook.
Natural Release the pressure for 15 minutes before removing the lid.
Carefully remove the ribs to keep them intact and spread them with more BBQ sauce if desired.
As an OPTIONAL STEP, if you want that "just grilled" appearance you can broil the ribs in oven on the top rack for 3-5 minutes OR you can cook them on the grill.
Serve with all of your favorite summer-time sides.
Tips for PERFECT Instant Pot Boneless Pork Ribs
- Take the country ribs out of the fridge 15-30 minutes before cooking, taking the chill off of them helps 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. Browning on a grill is another option.
- 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.
What to serve with Country Ribs
All the summer classics are a fantastic choice to serve with country-style pork ribs!
- Caesar salad
- Corn on the cob
- Roasted vegetables
- Baked beans
- 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 for up to 4 days. Store them in an airtight container.
Reheat: The best way to reheat country style ribs is to wrap them in foil and bake them in a preheated oven on 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
What if I Have Bone-in Country Ribs?
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!
Are Country Ribs Keto?
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 "as is" 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 sugar by using a sugar-free pork rub and a BBQ sauce that doesn't add sugar either.
Are Country Ribs Even Ribs?
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" fashion until the meat is very soft.
Can I make this Country Rib recipe from frozen Country Ribs?
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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.