There’s a no faster and easier way to cook up a flavorful rib dinner than with this recipe for Instant Pot country style ribs. Slathered in BBQ sauce and your favorite country seasonings, they’re absolutely unforgettable…and ready in a fraction of the time when made like this.
Let's talk about this cut of pork, shall we???
Country-style ribs are interesting because they’re actually not ribs at all! They taste like baby back ribs and they look like ribs, but they’re boneless cuts of meat from the shoulder of the pig.
In fact, this is the same meat you use to make Instant Pot pulled pork or shredded pork tacos, just…well, in a different shape. I don’t know why they have their name, I’m just reporting the facts, folks.
Still, they’re wonderful, and you may never want to eat pork another way again. Especially since, in this recipe, you’ll cover these ribs in the best mixture of seasonings ever, plus Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce which is my personal favorite.
Why you'll love this recipe
There’s so much to love about ribs in general, but this recipe is particularly special because it’s…
No effort – These are our favorite words! With the help of the always helpful Instant Pot, this recipe is 99% hands-off. In fact, prep time is only about 5-10 minutes. It’s perfect for busy families (like mine) who still want filling dinners! Instant Pot cooking was made for cuts like these country-style ribs.
Full of flavor – You season these ribs with the best mix of herbs and spices and cook them with BBQ sauce. My mouth is watering just writing about it!
Relatively quick – This recipe is done in less than an hour. Need a good and fast home-cooked meal? This is it. There’s no long low and slow technique required.
Everything you’ll need to make a delicious rack of ribs is in your pantry already…or very easy to grab at the supermarket. You'll need a variety of spices, brown sugar, chicken broth, bbq sauce and of course, your country style ribs.
- Garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, ground ginger, brown sugar, and parsley – this is the tasty spice rub I'm talking about for seasoning. You’ll really want to cover your ribs in this mixture. Now is not the time to be shy...be generous!
- Creole seasoning – this is also a part of your seasoning. I singled it out just to point out that you’ll find this with everything else in the seasoning aisle at the grocery store. If you’ve never had it before, it's usually a mixture of thyme, paprika, cayenne, and a few other common spices. And it’s delicious!
- Chicken broth - your Instant Pot will always need liquid to come up to pressure. You can use store bought broth or homemade chicken broth, your pick.
- Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce – you’ll cook the ribs in this mixture and baste them in the BBQ sauce after they’re done cooking. If you have another favorite barbecue sauce or want to make homemade barbecue sauce, you can use that instead.
- Country-style ribs – naturally.
Tip: To keep your brown sugar from clumping in the pantry, I recommend storing it in a gallon sized ziplock bag. It's easy to dip in your measuring cup, pack it and also keeps it moist!
How to make Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
This recipe is as simple as seasoning your ribs and throwing them into your Instant Pot to cook, then broiling them for a few minutes after they’re done.
Step 1: Make and use your seasoning. In a bowl, mix all the spices together. Make sure the brown sugar doesn’t clump together!
Step 2: After that, generously coat all sides of each rib with your seasoning.
Step 3: Add the broth and ¼ quarter cup of BBQ sauce into the Instant Pot. Mix it until fully incorporated.
Then add the ribs to the pot. Make sure they’re all submerged!
Step 4: Seal the lid and pressure valve, then cook the ribs on high for 30 minutes. Let the Instant Pot do a natural release pressure once it’s done.
Remember to allow time for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure; usually around 10 minutes. Then the cook time begins.
Step 3: Broil the ribs and enjoy! Once the Instant Pot releases pressure, remove the ribs and place them on a baking sheet.
Coat the ribs with the remaining BBQ sauce, then broil them on high for 5-8 minutes on the middle rack. You’ll want the BBQ sauce to caramelize slightly.
Once that happens…let the ribs cool and enjoy them!
- You can change up the taste of this recipe every time just playing around with different barbecue sauces. Some are sweet, some have vinegar, some have some kick....you get the idea!
- For a smokier flavor, cook the country style ribs with a dash of liquid smoke. Use a light hand; a little bit of this flavoring goes a long ways!
How to serve and store leftover pork ribs
These are best served after broiling in the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil and clean up will be a breeze!
I personally enjoy Instant Pot country ribs with mashed potatoes, corn casserole, cornbread muffins, or roasted vegetables. No matter what you prep, it’s an absolutely satisfying meal. No midnight snacks here!
To store leftovers (assuming there are any), place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3-4 days.
The prep time is only 5 minutes, so it’s a very hands-off recipe. After that, it’ll cook for 35 minutes plus however long it takes for your Instant Pot to build and release pressure.
This should yield 7 ribs.
Sure! You can use water, apple juice or even beef broth.
Other Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Enjoy
- Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Breast
- Instant Pot Lasagna Soup
- Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
- Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs
- Instant Pot Deviled Eggs
If you make these Instant Pot country style pork ribs, leave a recipe rating or review. I'd love to hear from you!
Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon creole seasoning
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons parsley
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 cup Chicken broth
- ¾ cup Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce divided
- 1.5 pounds boneless country style ribs
- In a bowl, add all the spices together and mix. As you mix, make sure the brown sugar breaks down and is not clumpy. Generously coat all sides of each rib with the seasonings.
- In the instant pot, add the broth and ¼ quarter cup of BBQ sauce and mix until fully incorporated.
- Add the ribs to the instant pot and make sure all of them are partially submerged. Seal the lid and pressure valve. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. Let the instant pot naturally release pressure when done.
- Once pressure is released, remove the ribs and place them on a baking sheet.
- Coat the ribs with the remaining BBQ sauce. Broil the ribs on high for 5-8 minutes on the middle rack until the BBQ sauce is slightly caramelized.
Let the ribs cool and enjoy!