Instant Pot Country Style Ribs [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs are perfectly tender and flavorful. By being smothered in barbeque sauce, this easy dinner meal will leave your mouth watering for more.

It is no secret that I love using my Instant Pot for different recipes. Want to vary your style of ribs? Try making Pot Ribs, Short Ribs, and BBQ Chicken and vary your style of making this dish.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Easy Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

We love making Instant Pot Country Style Ribs, as they are tender and super delicious. It is also an easy dish to make for the family to enjoy. Simply put all the ingredients inside the pressure cooker, and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Then, come back to release the pressure and they are done!

It truly is amazing what technology can do nowadays. They always come out juicy, moist and very delicious! For best results, make sure to work the barbeque sauce and spices into the meat.

This meal can be easily made to your own tasting. For example, you can choose your favorite barbeque sauce or make your own and you will have a delicious dinner recipe. Also, because the pressure cooker needs a certain amount of liquid in it, we add a little bit of beef stock in order to make it up to the cookers standards.

We also do not like using baby back ribs because they tend to not have as much meat on them like other kinds of ribs. The more meat on the ribs the easier it is to work in the spices and sauce.

What are country style ribs?

They are the end of the lion and closer to the pork shoulder. They are typically meatier than other rib cuts and don’t have any rib bones, but have parts of the shoulder blade.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

How to cook Country Style Ribs in the Instant Pot?

Making them in the pressure cooker is our favorite way to cook them. Firstly, it is a quick and easy way to make them, because the pressure expedites the cooking time. Secondly, they come out always moist, tender, juicy and very delicious. Therefore, we highly recommend this method of making the ribs.

  • You simply combine the dry ingredient together and then rub into the meat.
  • Add the liquid ingredients to the pot, and top the meat with the BBQ sauce.
  • Then, lock lid, and let it cook.
  • Once cooked, remove everything from the pot and serve it with extra barbeque sauce!
  • It is that simple!

How long to cook country Style ribs in the Instant Pot?

This will vary based on how much meat you will use. For our recipe, we cook it for about 45 minutes, with 15 minutes of Natural Pressure Release. However, if you are cooking a larger portion, you could increase the time by 10-15 minutes. This will not harm in any way the meat. It will be just as tender and moist.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

How to cook frozen country style ribs in the Instant Pot?

If you have frozen meat, you can definitely cook it in the pressure cooker. Just prior to cooking, make sure the ribs or the meat is not frozen together. For frozen meat, follow the same steps but increase the cooking time by 20 minutes. We have a good article on how to cook frozen tenderloin in the pressure cooker, and you can access it here.

What goes with country style ribs?

This dish is so amazing that you can eat it as is. However, we love pairing this meal with other recipes. Some of our favorites are Corn on the Cob, Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes. All of these taste so delicious when paired together, and we always get complimented once we serve them to our family and friends.

Can you freeze Instant Pot Country Style Ribs?

Yes! If you end up with leftovers, make sure the meat is completely cooled down prior to freezing. Then, transfer the dish to an airtight container, and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, heat it up using the microwave or oven for a few minutes, or until warm.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Recipe Tips and Notes:

  • We love using this 6-QT Instant Pot. It has lots of options and is very useful for cooking.
  • Make sure to place the meat inside the pot. Then, put the homemade or barbecue sauce of your preference on top of them.
  • If there is a fat layer on them make sure that side is on top. It is possible that you will get a “burn” warning. This is because the fat is starting to cook off of the meat. But have no fear because the cooker is doing its job and it is just the built-up pressure inside of the cooker. If it does happen, open the cooker and just flip them, also you get a beautiful sear on that “burnt” side.
  • Once they’re in the cooker season them with salt and pepper generously.
  • Once cooked, pour some additional sauce on top of the meat to give them a nice coat on the top.

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Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 55 mins


  • 3 pounds  Country Style Pork Ribs 
  • 1 tablespoon  liquid smoke 
  • 1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce 
  • 3/4 cup  beef broth  (water can be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup  apple juice 
  • 1/2 Cup  BBQ Sauce  (plus more for serving)


  • 1 tablespoon  Brown Sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  Salt  (Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Pepper, Cumin.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  Cayenne Pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  cinnamon 


  1. In a small bowl mix together the dry rub ingredients until well combined.
  2. Pour the beef broth, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, apple juice into a large bowl, add the ribs and marinate for 1-3 hours.
  3. Remove the ribs from marinade, and pat dry.
  4. Spread the dry rub evenly on both sides of the ribs and massage into the meat.
  5. Add the marinade liquid into the bottom of your Instant Pot.
  6. Add the ribs to the Instant Pot and pour over the BBQ sauce.
  7. Lock the lid on the pressure cooker.
  8. Cook on manual, high pressure, for 45 minutes. After cooking is finished, do a 15-20 minutes natural pressure release, after which release manually any remaining pressure.
  9. Remove ribs and serve immediately with extra BBQ sauce.
Calories: 512 Carbohydrates: 22 Protein: 43 Fat: 26 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 163 Sodium: 1307 Potassium: 875 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 18 Vitamin A: 150 Vitamin C: 1.1 Calcium: 68 Iron: 2.4
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I can't wait to try this recipe. Ribs are so good when they're nice and tender, but they can take forever. This makes them good AND easy.


Tara Pittman

I love how easy these ribs are to make. I need to show this recipe to my husband as he loves ribs.


Dawn Nieves

I really need to get an Instant Pot! These look so good! 


Amy Desrosiers

I just got a new instant pot. I am excited to get cooking in it and try new recipes.



Those look amazing! I've never tried them in an instant pot before. I definitely have to try this now. I love ribs!



Yum! These look so delicious! I love using my instant pot for hot summer days too.



Wow... looks delicious and I just found out we have company coming this weekend, this would be an easy thing to make and your directions are great!


Jenn Mitchell

I have not used my Instant Pot as much as I would like to. This looks like it would turn out so delicious! I am definitely going to have to give this a try.



Oh these look so juicy & saucy! I have to try them!


Myrah Duque

I am making this recipe next week! YUMMY!. Ribs are so delicious, but to me, it takes forever when to get tender.


Mavs Escala

I am thinking of what to cook for lunch and then I saw this. Gave me an idea!



Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I can't wait to give it a try!


Matt Freund

These look real good


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Is this recipe for bone in ribs?




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