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Tender, fall-apart Instant Pot country style ribs are slathered in BBQ sauce and broiled until sweet and bubbly. That last broil caramelizes the sugars in the sauce and makes all the difference. This comforting recipe will be the highlight of your weeknight menu!

Love tender, fall-apart pork recipes? Try this Instant Pot Carnitas recipe and this recipe for Instant Pot Pulled Pork.

two instant pot country style ribs served with sweet potatoes
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Why You’ll Love this Instant Pot Country Style Ribs Recipe

Country style ribs are a cut of boneless pork ribs that come from the shoulder of the pig. They’re a large pork shoulder, sliced into boneless ribs. They’re just like pulled pork, but sliced into handheld, sweet, and sticky ribs. These ribs fall apart when they’re slow-cooked.

But what if you don’t have all day to cook your ribs? Making these boneless ribs in the pressure cooker is the best way to get the same tender, shredded pork result in a fraction of the time!

The quick broil at the end of the recipe caramelizes the sugars in the bbq sauce and takes this recipe to the next level!

Molly’s Recipe Rundown

  • Taste: rich, sweet and smoky.
  • Texture: incredibly tender (not at all dry!).
  • Ease: They’re done in half the time thanks to the pressure cooker!
  • Pros: results of slow cooked bbq in an hour or less (ideal for weeknights).
  • Cons: The Instant Pot can be intimidating if you’re newer to using it.
  • Would I make this again? Our kids request this dinner with sweet potatoes all the time!

Need another easy meal? This Instant Pot Salsa chicken is a great recipe for busy weeknights. Or check out all of our Instant Pot recipes.

bbq country style ribs broiled on a sheet pan

Ingredient and Brands I Love

Note: Here are the simple ingredients for these boneless country-style ribs. Jump down to the recipe card for exact measurements.

  • Simple dry rub: smoked paprika, coconut sugar (or brown sugar), garlic powder, onion powder, salt, blacker pepper and oregano. Add some chili powder or cayenne pepper to turn up the heat.
  • Country ribs: boneless country style ribs are the most common, but some groceries carry bone-in country style ribs and that is totally fine! Some packages even come mixed with some bone-in and boneless.
  • Water: this is necessary for the Instant Pot to steam and come to pressure. The ribs won’t ever touch the water because we’re using the trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot. You could also use beef or chicken broth.
  • Garlic: these cloves help infuse the ribs with garlic flavor and aroma.
  • BBQ Sauce: use your favorite barbecue sauce. Looking for a homemade barbecue sauce? Try this easy whole30 bbq sauce to lather and broil.
  • Liquid smoke: add an optional 2-3 drops to get that smoked-all-day flavor.
ingredients for instant pot country style ribs measured out on a table

Regular Ribs vs Country Style Ribs

Country style ribs come from the pork’s shoulder while spare ribs or baby back ribs come from an area near the breast bone. There will be a lot more meat on the bone of country style ribs. They have more muscle to them and do better cooked low and slow.

Need another rib recipe? Try these pellet grill ribs next!

Step-by-Step Instructions

​Here are the simple steps to make Instant Pot country-style ribs. Skip to the recipe card for the full, printable recipe.

Make the Dry Rub

Mix the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl and generously coat the sides of each with the rub. Use your fingers to massage the rub into the meat.

dry rub for country style ribs

Pressure Cook

Set the metal trivet in the bottom of a 6 qt Instant Pot and pour a cup of water or beef broth in the bottom. Arrange the ribs and garlic on the trivet. Pressure cook on high pressure for 40 minutes. Natural release (do nothing) for 15 minutes then quick release the remaining pressure.

country style ribs in the instant pot

Sauce and Broil until Bubbly

Remove the country style ribs from the Instant Pot and transfer them to a baking sheet. They should be so tender at this point that you’re struggling to get them out without falling apart😅.

Slather all sides of the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce then broil them on high for 2-3 minutes, until the BBQ sauce starts to bubble.

brushing bbq sauce onto country style ribs

FAQs and Troubleshooting Tips

Why are my ribs tough?

Although you can overcook ribs in the Instant Pot, it’s more likely that your country style ribs are tough because they’re not cooked long enough.This cut of meat tends to be very tough and needs to be cooked low and slow for a more tender result.

Do I pressure cook on high or low?

Pressure cook these ribs on high for 50 minutes with a 15 minutes natural release. That just means you do nothing for 15 minutes then turn the valve to release the remaining steam.

What to Serve with Country Style Ribs

a fork shredding a bite of country style ribs cooked in the instant pot

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5 from 21 votes

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Tender, fall-apart Instant Pot country style ribs are slathered in BBQ sauce and broiled until sweet and bubbly. This comfort recipe will be the highlight of your weeknight menu!

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Servings: 6 (1-2 ribs per person)


Dry Rub

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

Country Style Ribs

  • 3-4 lbs country style ribs
  • 1 cup water or beef broth
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (we like a paleo-friendly BBQ sauce)


  • Mix all of the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl. Pat the country style ribs dry then generously coat the sides of each with the rub. Use your fingers to massage the rub into the meat until it sinks in and becomes a deep red color.
  • Set the metal trivet in the bottom of a 6 qt Instant Pot. Pour the water or beef broth in the bottom then arrange the ribs evenly without overlapping. You may need to stand them up against the sides of the Instant Pot for more room.
  • Add the garlic on top of the ribs, close the lid, and make sure the sealing vent is closed. Pressure cook on high pressure for 50 minutes then allow it to naturally release (do nothing) for 15 minutes. Turn the pressure valve to release any additional steam then carefully open the lid.
  • Use tongs to carefully remove the country style ribs from the Insant Pot and transfer them to a sheet pan. You may need two as they'll likely fall apart easily. Lather the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce then broil them on high for 2-3 minutes, until the BBQ sauce starts to bubble.
Last step! If you make this, please leave a review letting us know how it was!


Slow cooker: Follow the instructions to rub the pork ribs with seasoning and place them in the slow cooker. Omit the water/broth and cook them in the slow cooker with the bbq sauce. Enjoy right away or add more bbq sauce and broil before serving.
*Nutrition information is calculated without BBQ sauce because nutrition can vary so much by type and brand. Check the nutrition facts on the bottle to be sure.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.7g | Protein: 55.7g | Fat: 15.2g | Cholesterol: 194.4mg | Sodium: 471mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 4.4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Spoon says:

    If everyone would go back and read the recipe it says close and pressure cook on high for 50 minutes.

  2. Rachel says:

    5 stars
    I made these for my family and they were delicious!! I would highly encourage anyone to try them you won’t be disappointed.

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thank you, Rachel!!

  3. Juli says:

    5 stars
    I keep coming back to this recipe every time I bring country style pork ribs home. It’’s goof proof, easy to dress up or down and the ribs turn out so tender and flavorful with an almost but not quite crispy glaze from the broiler, they’re a winner in our house. Thanks for posting this!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Love this, Juli! So glad you like them. I love the broil at the end too!

  4. Doreen says:

    5 stars
    5 Stars in advance. I’m old and old-school. I have an electric pressure cooker (the original instant pot). I use it all the time to make Carnitas so this is a natural addition. I like the ingredient choices for your dry rub. I just bought 3 lbs. of boneless pork country ribs and I haven’t made this dish in years, but it was such a great sale I couldn’t pass it up. I read 6-8 recipes, but yours sounds the best! Thank You Very Much,

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Wow, thank you Doreen! I love to hear that! We also have a pressure cooker carnitas recipe you could try:)

  5. Jenn says:

    Your blog is unreadable because of the ads. I know you need to make money to sustain the blog but it’s ridiculous the amount of flashing and jumping that happens as you try to read the recipe.

    1. Cheri says:

      Find an ad blocker. That gets rid of the ads. Bloggers have ads because it helps to support the website. Websites are expensive. The ads offset the cost and help to keep these recipes free to you.

  6. Mittie Douglass says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely perfect! In the last 6 months I have made these ribs at least 3 times and my family loves them. Thanks so much for sharing this gem!

  7. Lisa says:

    Why don’t you respond to the people mentioning you didn’t specify high or low??

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      I updated the recipe to note that it’s high pressure! Thanks!

  8. Pamela says:

    5 stars
    Amazing!!! I added yams & carrots + extra broth. So delish over rice!!!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Ohhh yumm!!! Drooling over this version!

  9. Sharon White says:

    FYI On the print recipe is an ad showing 2 dead rats.! Then further down was more rat info! I am trying the recipe today but pictures weren’t appetizing.

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thanks for letting me know! There shouldn’t be any ads on the print option. I will take care of that:)

  10. Theresa says:

    5 stars
    This was VERY good!! You didn’t say if it was high or low pressure, so I went with low. Nice and tender! I’ll be making this a lot!

  11. Deb says:

    5 stars
    I will try this recipe for sure

  12. Peggy says:

    i just made this tonight and it is divine!! Tender and moist, perfect!! I’m so glad I found this recipe.

  13. walter stella says:

    5 stars
    excellent taste, but I like more garlic flavor so I added some granulated garlic

    1. Jab says:

      The recipe calls for garlic powder and fresh garlic.

      1. Molly Thompson says:

        Yes!! You put fresh garlic in the instant pot with the pork and then use garlic powder in the dry rub. Thanks!

  14. Lorraine Godfrey says:

    I have a new instant pot and learning how to cook in it. So I’m looking at your recipes and I’ve always cooked spare ribs in the crock pot with just barbecue sauce on it and let it cook. But using the instapot I want to cook them fast and do you always need to do a dry rub. Never done it before. So it’s a learning experience. On your recipes do you say how long to cook it or does the pot automatically know how long to cook it? Thank you.

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      The recipe gives you all of the info you need! I also have a video tutorial on the page you can watch.

      1. Thomas says:

        You don’t say High or Low Pressure in instapot????

        1. Molly Thompson says:

          It should be high pressure! Thanks!