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Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs- you won’t believe how tender and flavorful country-style ribs cooked in a pressure cooker are. Wonderfully juicy and slathered in bbq sauce. These ribs have lots of smokiness.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs on plate with mac and cheese.


Country-style ribs are one of my favorite cuts of meat.

What are Country-Style Ribs?

They technically aren’t ribs at all. They are cut from the end of the loin near the pork shoulder and contain small pieces of shoulder blade. Compared to ribs, they are almost all meat. I find they have just the right amount of fat and cook up wonderfully ten

Country Style Ribs on baking sheet.


Country-Style Ribs are deicious baked in the oven, but so much better made in the pressure cooker. So tender, juicy and moist. Cooking them in the pressure cooker greatly reduces the cooking time.

Tips for making:

  • This 6-quart Instant Pot is perfect for cooking countrys style ribs.
  • Use your favorite bbq sauce for this recipe. I like one thats thick, smoky, and both sweet and spicy.
  • I like to give the ribs a quick broil at the end after slathering them with bbq sauce.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs on plate with mac and cheese.


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Instant Pot Country Style Ribs on plate with mac and cheese.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs- you won't believe how tender and flavorful country-style ribs cooked in a pressure cooker are. Wonderfully juicy and slathered in bbq sauce. These ribs have lots of smokiness.

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 40 minutes
Natural Pressure Release: 15 minutes




  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 3 to 4 pounds country stlye ribs
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2/3 cup bbq sauce, plus more for serving


  • Combine all rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle the rub over all sides of the ribs and rub it in. If possible refrigerate for 30 minutes to 8 hours.
  • Place beef broth and liquid smoke in a 6-quart or larger Instant Pot.
  • Add ribs. Pour bbq sauce over ribs. Place lid on. Set to Pressure Cook on high for 40 minutes. Make sure the valve is in sealing position.
  • Do a natural pressure release for 15 minutes and then manually release the remaining pressure. Remove lid.
  • Carefully remove ribs from the Instant Pot and place them on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle them with more bbq sauce and broil them until they start to get bubbly and a little charred.


Calories: 554kcal
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: pork, ribs

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Recipe adapted from The Salty Marshmallow

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

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55 thoughts on “Instant Pot Country Style Ribs”

  1. Benjamin D Reed

    I followed the basics and it came out GREAT!!! I tweaked the rub and I am not a fan of liquid smoke, I prefer to get my smoke from a charcoal grill BUT the basics for this recipe are SOLID! Obviously, if you don’t have a grill or the time to wait for the charcoal to be ready then sure, cheat with the liquid smoke but it’s still cheating!!! Hahahaha ENJOY!

  2. I use 2lbs or a bit less and set the pressure cooker for 30 min, but only let the natural release for 5 min or so, then quick release.

    1. Thank you for this comment. I was wondering what cook time was best for less than 2 pounds!!

  3. I skipped the broil at end — didn’t want to heat up the kitchen, and I was hungry! 😉

    These turned out great!

  4. Lindi, assuming you have the same Instant pot that we have, the rack that comes with it is just to keep your food from touching the bottom of the pot and to give handles to assist with removing food from the pot. It isn’t designed to hold food above other food. Although, you may have a more fancy Instant Pot that does actually come with shelves LOL. It is fine to stack the ribs on top of each other but not in excess.

  5. Nancy Manthei

    Such a simple wonderful recipe…I’m new to the Instant Pot world and am using it for every dinner, probably until the novelty wears off. I used Aldi’s Texas BBQ sauce. My husband loved it. Served it with Instant Pot Mac and cheese and a big salad. It was wonderful.

  6. II would like to see the answers to these questions, because I have the same ones. Does no one from the site read the comments?

    1. Made once ,my family loved them and said they were restaurant quality!making again now.I used baby rays sweet and spicy bbq

  7. I have made these ribs several times. I used Jack Daniels pork rub and refrigerated ribs over night. Also used apple juice instead of beef broth for a bit more flavor. Broiled using Sweet Baby Ray’s.

    1. This is the way to cook your ribs it’s fast and makes them fall apart,and taste great,plus you can put you a timer in line with your instant pot and have your food ready to eat when you get home from work,it’s the best thing I ever bought for the kitchen!!! Happy cooking !!!

  8. Will this work for both beef and pork ribs? I assume it does. I like pork ribs better.
    This recipe sounds so delicioius. I am going to make it in the next couple of days after I finish the leftovers I have in the refrigerator.

    1. I do bone in spare ribs all of the time. Same liquid, beef or chicken broth plus a little liquid smoke and a little bbq sauce, stir. 30 min, then quick release. Baste with bbq sauce and broil for a few min. My husband loves them!

  9. A little under two pounds of meat. I’m thinking cut the cooking tome for n half! What do you think?

    1. Following. I have the same question…2 people so just about 1.6 lbs of beef ribs. Can anyone help? Thanks.

      1. This is the second time making these. They are in the pot now. Gonna have left over pasta salad as a side. Just me and Hubby so I scale things down. I had two different BBQ sauces in the fridge so I combined them. Sticky fingers Carolina and local Brooks 51.

  10. They are in my instant pot now. No beef broth so a little chicken broth, with sweet baby Ray’s honey chipotle bbq sauce

  11. The only thing I did different is I marinated the ribs in ROOT BEER & KENTUCKIAN BOURBON w/ cloves and cumin.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      That means you just leave the instant pot alone for that amount of time after the cooking time is over. You don’t open the valve.

  12. Karen Brooks

    Has anyone made these without the sauce? I’m looking for a more basic flavor to blend with sauerkraut. By skipping the sauce, does that change the outcome? I’ve made these per the instructions in the past and they turned out great.

    1. I do these “German” sometimes – to go with sauerkraut. Rub with just salt, pepper, some dry mustard powder, and ground allspice. (And use chicken broth or apple juice for liquid.) Simple and delish, and great with sauerkraut and boiled or fried potatoes.

  13. I started mine about 35min ago. Let my 6 qt instanta pot. Then let them sit for 10min then straight to the oven. They looked great. In the oven 250 degrees Fahrenheit an it was fantastic. Great flavor and texture. Will make them again for sure.

  14. Terrance Way

    I don’t have the luxury of an instapot still in the old school, cooking 4 Lbs of country style ribs once the rocker starts I start my time for 20 Minute, I then turn off the heat and allow to cool and self depressurize naturally.
    Then transfer to a baking sheet, slather with Baby rays and broil 3-5 minutes, remove and ready to serve’

  15. Michelle Fall

    Just made this for dinner tonight with semi-thawed 3.3lbs of country style ribs. For BBQ sauce, we used Sweet Baby Rays which is our favorite. When we took the ribs out of the Instant Pot, they started falling apart. I realized that 40 minutes might have been too long. Overall the flavor was great and we will definitely make them again with some minor tweaks.

    1. Eric M Heth

      I am starting these now. I was thinking of reducing the time also. Im gonna set them at 35 with 15 minute natural release time. Wish me luck.

        1. I’d like to know as well. Do you use the rack that came with it? Or do you just lay them on top of eachother…….?

          1. Jewett Robin

            I just stacked mine without a rack in the bottom. Turned out very well. Delish

        2. Nice flavor will make again. For 4 lbs boneless country ribs cooked 40 minutes and some ribs fell apart during transfer to baking sheet to broil. Next will reduce cooking time maybe 29 minutes?? Idk

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