Instant Pot Country Style Ribs [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 16 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 45 minutes

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.

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 cooker’s standards.

We also do not like using baby back ribs because they tend to not have as much meat on them as 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 loin 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.

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.

  1. You simply combine the dry ingredient together and then rub it into the meat.
  2. Add the liquid ingredients to the pot, and top the meat with the BBQ sauce.
  3. Then, lock the lid, and let it cook.
  4. Once cooked, remove everything from the pot and serve it with extra barbeque sauce!
  5. 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.

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. Next, 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.

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.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

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.
5 from 16 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
NPR: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 512kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 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


  • In a small bowl mix together the dry rub ingredients until well combined.
  • Pour the beef broth, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, apple juice into a large bowl, add the ribs and marinate for 1-3 hours.
  • Remove the ribs from marinade, and pat dry.
  • Spread the dry rub evenly on both sides of the ribs and massage into the meat.
  • Add the marinade liquid into the bottom of your Instant Pot.
  • Add the ribs to the Instant Pot and pour over the BBQ sauce.
  • Lock the lid on the pressure cooker.
  • 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.
  • Remove ribs and serve immediately with extra BBQ sauce.



Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1307mg | Potassium: 875mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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If using 1.27 pounds how long do you set the instant pot on


same timing



What about putting fresh apple slices in with it instead of apple juice?


they will get mushy, but the flavor will be delicious



These were delicious! I didn't change a thing except that my package of ribs was only two pounds. I used the same amount of dry rub but could have cut back on the liquid as I had a lot left over. I served them with rice. The ribs were so tender that they fell apart when I tried to take them out and didn't need a knife to cut them. Easy recipe, too!



Hi, can this be marinated over night?


Yes, you can marinate overnight!



Thank you! Very good recipe. The ribs were fork tender and very tasty. I will definitely use this recipe again.



Hi there! If I need to cook 6lbs of meat, do I double the rest of the ingredients and adjust the cook time? Thank you!


Hi Noelle, yes it's better to double the ingredients. The cooking time will stay the same, it will just take longer for the instant pot to come to pressure.


Sharon Wolverton

I am using 7.5 lbs of country style boneless ribs in my 8 qt instant pot. How much longer should i cook them?


I would still use the same cooking time, but it will just take longer to come to pressure.


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