Instant Pot Country-Style Ribs - Melt- in- your- mouth tender country-style pork ribs without even firing up the barbecue grill! The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker does all the work. Pressure cooking means you’ll have juicy, tender, fall-off-the-bone, lip smacking delicious Country-Style Ribs without having to stand over the grill. Comfort food your whole family will love!
Can you see these juicy ribs? they are falling off the bone! So much flavor! Serious deliciousness!
What are Country Style Ribs?
The name is a bit misleading. Pork Country Style Ribs are not actually ribs at all. They come from the pork shoulder area near the loin. They are a flavorful cut, that is thicker and meatier than spareribs and baby back ribs. When there is a bone in country style pork ribs it's not actually a rib bone but part of the shoulder blade. BBQ country style ribs are great cooked in the Instant Pot, Crock pot, or on the grill.
Bone-In or Boneless ribs?
Both bone-in and boneless country style pork ribs will work for this recipe. No change to cook time needed.
How to Make Country-Style Ribs in the Instant Pot
- Dry Rub- This simple dry rub is a combination of brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne and lends just the right balance of sweet and spicy to the ribs and adds so much depth to the flavor. Before placing the ribs in the Instant Pot rub both sides of the ribs liberally with spice mixture.
- Add liquids- Pour ¾ cup of beef broth and ¼ cup of your favorite barbecue sauce ( bottled or homemade BBQ sauce) in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the ribs to the bottom of the pot ( layer them if necessary) and pour an additional ½ cup of BBQ sauce over the ribs to cover the meat.
- Secure/Lock the lid of the Instant Pot and set the Pressure Release Valve to sealing. Select the Manual setting and set cooking time to 30 minutes.
- Natural Pressure Release 10 mins- After cooking is complete, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. While pressure is releasing, Preheat oven to broil, and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil or a silicone baking mat.
- Followed by Quick Release -After pressure has naturally release for 10 minutes, move the pressure valve to Venting/Quick Release to remove any remaining steam. Ribs will be very fork tender, carefully transfer (with tongs or a slotted spoon) to the prepared baking sheet. Discard any remaining cooking liquid.
- Broil-Brush Ribs with a little bit of BBQ sauce and place under the broiler until the BBQ sauce has become caramelized and the edges of the ribs have become slightly charred (about 5-8 minutes).
What Makes County-Style Ribs So Great
1) More meat! than baby back ribs or spare ribs
2) Less work ! You don’t need to wear a bib or get your hands all covered in BBQ sauce (unless you want to) Country Style Ribs can be eaten with a fork.
3) You can usually find Country Style Ribs in smaller quantities than a rack of baby back ribs, which is great when you’re cooking for just 1-2 people. This recipe calls for 2 ½ - 3 lbs. of ribs, if you do want to cook a smaller quantity, no problem! Use a smaller quantity but keep the cooking times the same.
The final step -To take these BBQ Country Ribs to the next level, I highly recommend finishing the cooking process by broiling the ribs plus some extra BBQ sauce in the oven for about 5-8 minutes. The sauce will become a bit caramelized and the edges of the ribs will get a nice char.
Skipping the final step -If you want to keep things super easy, you can skip the last step in the oven. Keep the cooking time at 30 minutes at High Pressure but adjust the natural release time to 12 minutes (followed by a Quick Release).
What to serve with Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
Here are a few side dish ideas that pair well with this ribs recipe
Instant Pot Country Style BBQ Ribs
For the Ribs
- 2 ½-3 lbs. Country Style Pork Ribs sometimes called “Pork Loin Country Style Ribs” bone-in or boneless
- ¾ cup beef broth or water
- ¾ cup BBQ sauce divided (plus more for serving)
For the Dry Rub
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- Combine the dry rub ingredients (brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne) together in a small bowl. Apply rub evenly on both sides of the meat. Lightly pat so dry rub sticks to meat. Set aside.
- Pour beef broth into the Instant Pot and add¼ cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. Mix thoroughly. Add the Country Style Ribs to the bottom of the pot (trying not to overlap too much). Pour the remaining ½ cup BBQ sauce over the ribs to cover meat.
- Secure/Lock the lid and set the Pressure release to sealing. Select the Manual setting and set the cooking time to 30 minutes.
- Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. While the pressure is releasing, preheat oven to broil (400 F ) and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil or a silicone baking mat.
- After pressure has released for 10 minutes, move the Pressure Release to Venting/Quick Release and allow any remaining steam to be removed. Open the Instant Pot and transfer the ribs (carefully with tongs or a slotted spoon, the meat will be very tender) to the prepared sheet pan, discarding any cooking liquid.
- Broil (optional step- see recipe notes if skipping this step)*- Brush the top side of the ribs with BBQ sauce and broil for about 5- 8 minutes, until the ribs have become browned and BBQ sauce is caramelized.
- Skipping the final step -If you want to keep things super easy, you can skip the last step in the oven. Keep the cooking time at 30 minutes at High Pressure but adjust the natural release time to 12 minutes (followed by a Quick Release).
* recipe adapted from The Salty Marshmallow Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
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