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Instant Pot Country Style Ribs [+Video]

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Dulce De Leche Stuffed Chocolate Mexican Cookies [+Video] https://ohsweetbasil.com/dulce-de-leche-stuffed-chocolate-mexican-cookies-recipe/ Link 2019-06-16T02:45:57 FixedCountry style ribs that are full of flavor and made so easy in the Instant Pot! Our simple BBQ rub adds loads of flavor and we let you in on our secret to make the ribs taste just like they were cooked on the grill. P.S. It’s all ready in less than an hour too!

A photo of shredded country style ribs.

We have several ribs recipes on the blog like our Asian Sticky Slow Cooker Ribs or our Oven Braised Short Ribs, but this is our first country style ribs recipe. I don’t know why it took us so long because we’ve been eating them for years and they are so dang delish!

A typical meal in our house with these pork ribs would include our Best Baked Beans and something light like our Garden Balsamic Avocado Salad. My kids love having cornbread with the ribs too, so sometimes I am nice and make that as well!

If you are looking for more Instant Pot recipes for making dinner in a hurry, you can find all our Instant Pot recipes here! Another one of our Instant Pot favorites is our super viral Award Winning Instant Pot Chili. And if you need a quick guide for cooking all your Instant Pot basics, you can find everything you need on our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet! Ok, I’ve gone off on an Instant Pot tangent…back to these juicy instant pot country style ribs!

What Cut of Meat are Country Style Ribs?

I hope you’re sitting down for this one, but country-style pork ribs aren’t even ribs. They are cuts of pork shoulder (aka pork butt) and is the same meat you use to make pulled pork and carnitas.

Are Country Style Ribs Beef or Pork?

Country style ribs can be either beef or pork. It just depends on what you prefer. Beef will be quite a bit meatier. For this recipe, we prefer pork country style ribs. We also prefer boneless over bone-in.

A photo of shredded country style ribs.

Why Should I Make Country Style Ribs?

They are easy on the wallet! You can often find country style ribs for a fraction of the cost of baby back or spare ribs.  They also have great fat marbling which makes them extra tender and super flavorful.

How to Cook Country Style Ribs in the Instant Pot

  1. The first step to making these ribs is to set aside a little bit of our smoky BBQ rub and then rub each rib with it.
  2. Next you will want to brown each rib in the Instant Pot (set to saute mode). Be sure to add a little oil to instant pot first. If you don’t have the saute mode setting, you can totally brown the ribs in a pan on the stove! Once the ribs are browned slightly, remove them to a plate and turn off the saute mode.
  3. You are pretty much done already! Add the apple juice and liquid smoke to the Instant Pot and add in the trivet (I’ve added link to the one we use). Place the ribs on top of the trivet and put the lid on the Instant Pot. Set the valve to seal and turn it to manual pressure – high for 32 minutes.
  4. Allow a 10 minute natural release and then carefully turn the valve to allow a quick release.
  5. The ribs are going to be so tender that they are falling apart so carefully remove them to a baking sheet lined with foil.
  6. Set your oven to broil and sprinkle more of the BBQ rub all over the ribs. This is where the secret to making them taste just like they were cooked on the grill comes in! Pop them into the oven and broil them for up to 3 minutes. You want them to just start to get crispy!
  7. Serve them up with a side of our Homemade BBQ Sauce, and you’ll be putting country style ribs on your shopping list every week!

read more: Loved these country-style ribs? Make our BEST Pulled Pork Recipe next!

A photo of shredded country style ribs covered in homemade BBQ sauce.

Should I Use a Trivet?

Yes, it helps keep the ribs from being boiled or sitting in fat that’s dripping and then sticks to the ribs.

What to Serve With Ribs

Now you’re all set with a the perfect Instant Pot country style ribs, but should you serve with it? We’ve got your back!

A photo of country style ribs covered in homemade BBQ sauce.

Can You Cook Ribs from Frozen in the Instant Pot?

Yes, cooking country pork style ribs that are frozen works quite well in the Instant Pot. The cooking time will stay the same, but the time the Instant Pot takes to come to pressure will take longer. The cooking time won’t start until the pot comes to pressure. Be sure to take that into account when you’re giving you kids a time to be home for dinner!

How Many Ribs Do I Need to Feed a Crowd?

Whether you are cooking for your family or for a larger crowd, you can plan on adults eating about 2 ribs per person. Our kids usually just eat one.

Can Country Style Ribs Be Cooked in the Slow Cooker?

Yes, you can definitely cook country style ribs in the slow cooker. Sometimes a slow cooker meal just fits better into your schedule. I totally get that! Follow the same steps of coating the ribs in BBQ rub and browning them on the stove. Pour the apple juice and liquid smoke in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Follow the same instructions for broiling them after they are cooked.

A photo of country style ribs covered in homemade BBQ sauce.

These country style ribs are tender, juicy, and a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table in under an hour! Our whole family devours them and they are great meal to serve guests. They are rich in flavor and just good ol’ down home comfort food!


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A photo of shredded country style ribs covered in homemade BBQ sauce.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

4.35 from 49 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 39 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
You're going to love our easy instant pot country style ribs made with a simple bbq rub and a secret to help the ribs taste like they were cooked on the grill and it's all ready in less than an hour!




  • Set aside 1-2 Tablespoons of BBQ Rub.
  • Rub each rib with the rub.
  • Turn the instant pot onto the saute mode or heat a pan over medium heat if you do not have that mode.
  • Add the oil and a few ribs at a time, turning to each side to brown slightly. Remove to a plate.
  • Turn the saute mode off.
  • Place the apple juice and liquid smoke in the bottom of an instant pot.
  • Add the trivet. Place the ribs on top
  • Attach the lid and set the valve to seal.
  • Turn the instant pot to manual pressure, high and set for 32 minutes.
  • Allow a 10 minute natural release then turn the valve to do a quick release.
  • Carefully, the ribs will be falling apart, remove the ribs to a foil lined baking sheet.
  • Set the oven to broil and sprinkle a little more rub over the ribs. Broil for up to 3 minutes or until the ribs start to crisp a little.
  • Take the ribs out of the oven and serve with a side of Homemade BBQ Sauce.


You can substitute water or orange juice instead of apple juice.
Ribs will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 67mg3%
Potassium 212mg6%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A photo of shredded country style ribs.


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  • I just made these and left out the first step of sautéing since they came straight out of the deep freezer and into the instant pot and they were sooooo good. Thank you for this incredibly simply and delicious recipe that will probably be added into our normal dinner rotation.

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    • Hurray! We love when our recipes make it to the dinner rotation! Music to our ears! So glad you enjoy this!

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  • Wow! I have never made country style ribs before so I was looking for a way to use them. The picture drew me in and the ingredients looked really good. Just finished making these in the instant pot/broiler and I am just besides myself with how ridiculously delicious they turned out! I can’t wait for everyone to get home to try them. The rub and barbeque sauce are incredible. I just text the recipe to a bunch of my Instant Pot friends.

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    • You’ve seriously made my day Jacquie! And the fact that you said it was the picture that drew you in! I’ve been working so hard lately on my photography. Thank you so much for the feedback!

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  • I have a 3 QT Instant Pot. Okay to pack the boneless ribs on top of each other?

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    • Hi Tina! I would half the recipe for a 3qt IP. We have a 6qt and it’s pretty full when we make it.

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  • Do I still need to sear the meat if I am using frozen ribs?

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    • No, the searing won’t work if your cooking them from frozen.

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  • Hello, does cook time change for bone in vs boneless? Thanks!

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    • It shouldn’t change it too much. Boneless would maybe need only a couple minutes less than bone-in. Enjoy!

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  • Very easy to follow and adjustable recipe. The meat came out very tender and flavorful! I will be making them again. I had to use water and the liquid smoke as I didn’t have any apple juice or chicken broth on hand and I was unsure of the orange juice. Next time I may cook them for 25 mins or so in the Instant Pot then put them over to the broiler to finish off. I’m thinking this will let them broil for a bit longer without drying the ends out. Thank you for an easy and delicious dinner!

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback Chelsea!

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  • Made these tonight for dinner in my IP. First time making ribs EVER. OMG, they are sooooo good. Made 5 lbs of thick country ribs using your rub. Kept them on for 35 min. and then the 10 NR. Used your rub and lightly brushed on Hawaiian bbq sauce (we’re not crazy about bbq sauce) at the table. I give you 5 stars and will make them again!

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    • Yayyyyyyyy!!! Thank you so much for the feedback Nancy! So glad you love this as much as we do!

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  • Hi, your recipe looks so yummy and simple
    I have a few quick questions:
    1. What is the purpose of using the apple juice versus water/chicken broth?
    2. I don’t have any liquid smoker at our home. Can I do without it? Or is there something I can subs9it with?
    Thank you for any suggestions you cam provide!

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    • The apple juice gives the ribs a subtle sweetness that we love. If you don’t have it, you could use chicken broth. You can just skip the liquid smoke if you don’t have access to it. Hope you enjoy it!

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