Wanting finger-licking ribs in a fraction of the time, we decided to take use of everyone’s favorite countertop appliance for these instant pot country-style ribs. They were done in under an hour and finished in our favorite BBQ sauce making for a quick, easy, and satisfying meal that will become a staple in your rotation.
This post was sponsored by Head Country Barbecue. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Country-style pork ribs are often inexpensive and easily found on the shelf in the meat department, unlike certain cuts of ribs that can jump around in price depending on seasonality. And believe it or not, they are begging to be cooked in the pressure cooker.
Sure, you won’t get the heavy taste of authentic charcoal, but you can still spice them up with satisfying tastes and your favorite barbecue sauce to crush the craving.
Because of the marbling, these ribs love to be cooked low and slow in a braise, on the smoker, or with the pressure cooker. Like when we tested pork ribs in the slow cooker, these ribs came out tender, juicy, and tender in every bite without being so soft they fall apart (we’ll stick to pulled pork for that).
What you need to make this recipe
- bone-in country-style pork ribs – swap for boneless if it’s what you have on hand or find at the market.
- orange juice
- chicken broth
- Head Country Hickory Smoke Bar-B-Q sauce
- Garlic Cloves
- Dried mustard
- Granulated garlic
How to make instant pot country style ribs
Start by patting the ribs dry and whisking together the spice blend of salt, paprika, cumin, dried mustard, and granulated garlic.
Cover the ribs on all sides with the spice mix.
Next, prep the pressure cooker. Add the liquids to the instant pot, the orange juice, broth, and barbecue sauce. Whisk to stir. Toss in the garlic cloves.
Then, nestle the country ribs in the pot and secure the lid in place. Set the instant pot to cook for 20 minutes.
Once it has finished cooking, let the pressure release for 5 minutes naturally before finishing with a manual release.
Finally, prep a baking sheet with foil and preheat the broiler in the oven.
Brush the country-style pork ribs with hickory smoke barbecue sauce and pop them under the broiler until the sauce is just tacky. Flip the ribs and brush the other side with sauce and broil for a few more minutes until the sauce is just set.
Lastly, they are ready to serve. Pile the ribs up and serve with sliced scallions and your favorite sides.
You can find these packaged in thick meaty strips, about 1 1/2 to 2″ thick usually near the pork loins and chops. They are usually cut from the shoulder, which is why they have such great marbling and need to be cooked until the fibers break done. Shoulder is often what you use for smoked pulled pork.
Absolutely. Actually, these are great to make ahead of time and then reheat in the oven right before serving with a fresh brush of sauce.
Instant pot pro tip; If the meat is ever not tender enough, close the lid and cook longer.
When it comes to country-style ribs, they will all be cut a little differently with thickness variations. You may need to adjust cook times in your instant pot. But don’t worry if they aren’t perfect at first. Just close the lid and cook for another 5 minutes with the pressure cooker.
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Instant Pot Country Ribs
- Pressure Cooker / Insta Pot
For the Instant Pot Country Pork Ribs
- 2.5 lbs bone-in country-style pork ribs
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- ¼ cup Head Country Hickory Smoke Bar-B-Q sauce
- 4 garlic cloves smashed
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- ½ tsp granulated garlic
- ½ cup Head Country Hickory Smoke Bar-B-Que sauce
Season the Pork
- Pat the pork dry.
- Whisk the salt, paprika, dried mustard, and granulated garlic in a small bowl.
- Seaon each country style pork rib, turning to coat all sides.
Pressure Cook the Pork
- Add the orange juice, chicken broth, and Head Coutnry Bar-b-q sauce to the instant pot and stir to combine. Add the garlic cloves.
- Nestle the pork in to the pot
- Cover and secure the lid. Set the instant pot to cook for 25 minutes.
- When the pressure cooker is done, allow it to release pressure naturally for 5 minutes before finishing venting with a manual release according to your pressure cookers instructions.
Brush with Sauce and Broil
- Preheat oven to boril
- Arrage the ribs on a baking sheet lined with foil.
- Brush the country ribs with sauce and broil 2 to 4 minutes, until sauce is just tacky.
- Carefully, flip and brush other side of the ribs with the remaining barbeque sauce
- Broil another 2 to 4 minutes.
- Serve with sliced scallions