Learn how to make deliciously tender Instant Pot Country Style Ribs! You'll love these flavorful, sweet & spicy, finger-lickin good, easy to make country style ribs in under 1 hour. Lots of helpful tips and information so you can make the best country style pork ribs in an Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker).
Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
You'll love these simple, fail-proof, fall-apart tender pork ribs! These country style ribs are made in the Instant Pot and they involve a tasty spice rub that has so much flavor. The best part is broiling the ribs in the oven for that crispy, burnt end type look and taste.
These ribs are boneless, cheaper to buy, and anyone can make them regardless of your skill level in the kitchen. I'll teach you how!
- 3-4 lbs Country Style Ribs - Make sure to use boneless ribs for this recipe. The package will specifically say 'country style ribs - boneless' on it and those are the ones you want.
- Oil - Any oil works here. Canola, vegetable, olive, etc.
- Brown Sugar - Balances out the spices really nicely with a sweet, rich, caramelized flavor once it is broiled.
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Ground Mustard - This is the dried ground mustard powder.
- Cayenne Red Pepper - Use less, more, or leave it out depending on your spice tolerance. I usually don't add this when I make these ribs.
- Beef Broth
- BBQ Sauce - Use any sauce that you love! Sweet, spicy, classic.
How To Make Country Style Pork Ribs in an Instant Pot
Learn how to make this recipe with the easy steps below. Be sure and read to the bottom of the post where there is a printable recipe card, a pin it button so you can save this recipe for later, and a recipe card with all the details and tips for success.
- Country Ribs : Unwrap the ribs from the package and place them on a cutting board or a plate.
- Rub Mix : In a small bowl, add the oil and all the dried seasonings. Stir to combine. Rub this all over the ribs, both sides, until they're all covered well in the spice rub.
- Instant Pot : Add the beef broth into the Instant Pot and place the ribs in. Set the valve to the 'sealing' position. Pressure cook on high for 45 minutes. Allow for a 15 minute natural release, which means don't touch it for 15 minutes after the initial cook time.
- Broil : Place the ribs on a baking sheet lined with foil and baste with BBQ sauce. Broil for 8-10 minutes or until the tips begin to brown to your liking. Serve with additional BBQ sauce.
What Are Country Style Ribs?
Country style ribs are a deliciously fall-apart & tender alternative to traditional ribs. They're cheap, easy to make for all skill levels, and they're tasty! They will also have more meat on them which makes them a great option when cooking ribs at home.
Country style boneless pork ribs come from the shoulder area of the animal. Which means that if country style ribs have a bone in them it's actually not rib bone, but rather the shoulder blade bone. Just a fun fact! This recipe uses boneless so no need to worry about any bone!
They do really well with low & slow heat, spice rubs, and brines. We're using a spice rub and then the pressure cooker does all the work after that.
This pork ribs are so yummy served BBQ style with all the delicious sides like BBQ Baked Beans, Coleslaw Pasta Salad, Honey Cornbread Muffins, or this Honey Butter Skillet Corn. You can also serve it with a simple side of Parmesan Roasted Potatoes.
How To Store Leftover Pork Ribs
Leftovers can store well in the fridge, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or foil, or a Tupperware with a lid, for 3 to 4 days.
How To Reheat Pork Ribs Without Drying Them Out
For best results skip the microwave when reheating leftover ribs from the fridge. Instead it's best to reheat them at a low temperature in the oven. Cover a pan with foil, either a cookie sheet or a 9x13 baking dish (depending on the amount of leftovers you have) and place it in an oven that has been preheated to 250 degrees F. Cook until the ribs reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. You may want to brush on more BBQ sauce when reheating ribs in the oven.
Variation & Substitution Ideas
There are a few ways to switch up this recipe if wanted. Here are some ideas that would work great.
- Smoked Paprika : For a smokier, more wood-fired taste try using smoked paprika instead of paprika in the rub.
- BBQ Sauce : Switch up the flavor of BBQ sauce deepening on what you want. Use a sweeter variation like brown sugar or honey, or try a spicy BBQ sauce for some added heat, or stick with the classic BBQ sauce which is always good.
- Broth : You can substitute any broth for the beef broth in this recipe. Chicken broth or vegetable broth will also work if that's what you have in your pantry.
Here are a few of my helpful tips so that you can have success recreating this recipe in your own kitchen ♥
- Good Quality BBQ Sauce : It's important to use a BBQ sauce that you love! I prefer Sweet Baby Ray's brand or Staubs brand. You can also use any variation of BBQ sauce as well. There are sweeter variations with honey & brown sugar, spicy variations, or just the classic is fine too.
- Don't Skip The Broil! : I do not recommend skipping the extra step of broiling the ribs with the sauce. This is what makes those crispy burnt ends of the pork ribs and they just look so much better after they have broiled. The flavor is also intensifies during the oven broiling time. It really is so simple to do, just prepare the cookie sheet with foil while the ribs are in the Instant Pot, and everything will be ready to go when that timer goes off.
- Spice Level : This recipe calls for paprika and cayenne red pepper. The cayenne pepper will add the most spice to the ribs so be sure and reduce the amount if you want more mild tasting ribs. Paprika is not spicy necessarily, but it does have a very bold and specific flavor to it. I will usually just leave out the cayenne red pepper when I make this recipe. You can also try replacing the cayenne pepper with chili powder, which has a slightly lower spice level.
- Use Boneless Ribs : Make sure you are buying boneless country style ribs. This recipe is specifically designed and created for boneless. Meat with the bone-in needs more cook time and the prep would be different. Stick with the boneless country style pork ribs when making this recipe.
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Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
- 3-4 pounds boneless country style ribs
- 1 tablespoon oil (canola, vegetable, or olive)
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground mustard
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne red pepper (optional)
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 cup BBQ sauce (plus more for serving)
- Unwrap the country style ribs from the package and lay them onto a cutting board or plate.
- Drizzle oil over the pork ribs. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, ground mustard, and cayenne red pepper (if using).
- Using your clean hands rub the spice mix all over the ribs, both sides, making sure to coat them well.
- Add the beef broth into the Instant Pot insert. Place the ribs inside. * It's ok if they're touching or stacked on each other. Like in the picture.
- Set the valve to the 'sealing' position. Pressure cook on HIGH for 45 minutes. Allow for a 15 minute natural pressure release once done. * A natural pressure release means that you are letting the pressure release naturally, rather than moving the valve from the 'sealed' position to the 'venting' position.
- Using tongs, move the ribs to a baking sheet lined with foil. Baste with BBQ sauce.
- Broil for 8-10 minutes or until the tips begin to brown. Serve with additional BBQ sauce. * Watch the ribs closely while broiling. They can burn quickly.