Fork Tender Instant Pot Country Style Ribs | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Fork Tender Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs are country style pork ribs cooked to fork tender in your Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and then smothered in your favorite BBQ sauce. They are meaty and economical and are the perfect choice for a delicious country dinner any day of the week!

Overhead shot of Instant Pot Country Style Ribs on a white platter garnished with parsley ready to eat

I've partnered with my friends at Ohio Pork Council to create this delicious recipe and blog post for you. Make sure to visit OhioPork.org for more delicious pork recipes!

If you've been here on my blog before, you know I love to cook with pork. Some of my favorite recipes include this Pork Ribeye Roast with Mushroom Gravy and these delicious Sauerkraut Balls. But today, I am going to showcase country pork ribs! 

Move over baby backs, because there's another pork rib in town and it's ready to take it's place at the dinner table. I'm talking about the bone-in country style rib! They are easy to find at your local grocers, economical, and downright delicious. Did you know a 3 ounce serving of country style ribs is packed full of 22-24 grams of protein too? 

Finished Instant Pot Country Style Ribs on a white platter with blue and white checkered cloth


What are country style ribs?

If you aren't familiar with country style pork ribs, you really need to be! They are much meatier than their "cousins" the baby back ribs, pork spare ribs, or St. Louis cut ribs and they are priced much better too. You can read more about the different types of pork ribs on my blog post Country Style Ribs with Sauerkraut. (This is also a great recipe for those who might be looking for a country rib recipe that doesn't use BBQ sauce.) 

Country style ribs are cut from the area near the front of the pig, by the shoulder. They have more meat than bone and generally need to be cooked low and slow for best results. You can find them with the bone-in and boneless. The meat is tender, flavorful, and falls right off the bone when cooked properly. You'll want it to fork tender because these ribs are best eaten with a knife and a fork, rather than in hand. 

Country style pork ribs generally need to be cooked low and slow to get fully tender. Cooking them in the Instant Pot, because it cooks under pressure, can reduce that cook time greatly! That's why these pork ribs are perfectly suited for Instant Pot cooking. I have found cooking with an Instant Pot helps keep my kitchen from heating up when it's warm outside because I don't have to run the oven for hours. Plus, I can get dinner on the table much quicker when I cook country style ribs in my Instant Pot. 

Can I use boneless country style pork ribs in this recipe?

I've used bone-in country style ribs in this recipe, but it will work with boneless country style ribs too! Instant Pot boneless pork ribs are good, but I prefer to use bone-in country style ribs in this recipe because I think the bones add flavor. 

Raw country style pork ribs ready for seasonings for Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
Bone-in Country Style Pork Ribs


Can I use Western Style Pork Ribs in this recipe? 

Yes! You can use Western Style Pork Ribs in this recipe too! Although western style ribs aren't really ribs at all, they do work in this Instant Pot country ribs recipe. Western style pork ribs are cut to look like ribs. They originate from the pork shoulder, which is the same cut you might use to make pulled pork or carnitas. You'll notice your finished "ribs" will be more stringy than the finished country style ribs. 

Can I use Country Style Ribs that are frozen in this recipe for Instant Pot Country Style Ribs?

Technically, you could start with frozen country ribs. But I wouldn't advise it. You'll end up with tougher and less tastier ribs. With this recipe, you will create a dry rub for the ribs. The rub contains sugar, which is a natural meat tenderizer. This rub will sit on the pork ribs for 4 hours, up to overnight, to allow it to give the ribs an extra boost of flavor and tenderization. 

I've experimented over the past couple of years cooking various types of meat from frozen in the Instant Pot and honestly, I am overall disappointed with the results most of the time. Yes, the meat does cook, but it's always missing that under layer of flavor. If you like flavor, I would just say no to cooking from frozen. 

How to cook Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

The first thing you'll need to do is purchase a package of bone-in country style pork ribs from your grocery store. You'll want to look for a package that weighs about 3 to 4 pounds. Look for marbling in the meat. The more marbled with fat and the more "dark pink" colored pork on the ribs, the more tender and moist they will be. You'll also want to pick up a jar of your favorite BBQ sauce to finish the ribs with, if you want them to be saucy! 

Food Blogger Tip--> Plan ahead! The ribs need to marinade in a dry BBQ rub for a minimum of 4 hours. This step will give your ribs maximum flavor and tenderness.

Next, you'll need to mix up the BBQ rub that goes on the ribs. I like to let the ribs sit in this rub for at least 4 hours wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator. Overnight would be even better! Here's the ingredients you'll need for the BBQ dry rub:

  • brown sugar 
  • Chipotle chili powder (for extra smokiness - regular chili powder will work too!)
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • smoked paprika (again, for extra smoky flavor - regular paprika will work too)
  • granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • onion powder

White plate with seasonings to make BBQ dry rub for Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
BBQ rub for country ribs

Coat the ribs all over with the BBQ rub. Don't be shy! Use it all up on every inch of those country style ribs. Then wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours (or overnight). 


Seasoned country style ribs wrapped in plastic wrap and ready for refrigerator


When you are ready to cook the ribs in the Instant Pot pressure cooker, start by inspecting your Instant Pot and making sure it's in tip top shape. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for your make and model when cooking with an Instant Pot pressure cooker. 

If you are good to go, remove the ribs from the refrigerator and place in the inner metal pan. Do not place them directly into the Instant Pot without the inner metal pan!

Can I stack the meat in the metal pan of my Instant Pot?

Yes! You can stack the ribs to get them to fit inside. It won't matter, the top ones will come out just as tender and completely cooked as the ones on the bottom. Just make sure they don't go higher than up 2/3 the side of the inner pan.  


Seasoned Country Style Ribs inside inner metal pot of Instant Pot ready to cook


What liquid is best to use when making country style ribs in the Instant Pot?

If you are familiar with your Instant Pot, you know you need to add at least 1 cup of liquid to the pan.

Here's where it gets fun! For this recipe, you can use just about any kind of clear liquid you like. Water is fine. But why not get creative and try apple juice, your favorite cola, beer, broth, or even grape juice?

 For the liquid, I like to use either some sort of fruit juice or cola in this recipe. 

You are also going to add liquid smoke for another layer of smoky flavor. I like to use the Mesquite flavor.


How long do I cook Country Style ribs in the Instant Pot?

Once you've got the ribs and the liquid in the pot, you are ready to seal the top (check to make sure you've got the ring seal in the lid correctly), and make sure the tab on the top is turned to "sealing". 

Next, you'll need to set manual "pressure cook" high pressure for 40 minutes. Your Instant Pot will now build pressure. Once up to pressure it will then begin to cook the ribs and the timer will count down. 


Front of Instant Pot showing settings for Instant Pot Country Style Ribs


After 40 minutes of cook time, your Instant Pot will beep and then start to count up on the timer. You'll want to allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then a quick release.

At this point, if you prefer to serve the country ribs without BBQ sauce, they are ready to eat. 

If you want to finish them with BBQ sauce, you'll need to turn your oven's broiler on high and cover a sheet pan with foil. With tongs, carefully lift each rib out of the inner metal pan of the Instant Pot and place onto the prepared sheet pan. 


Instant Pot Country Style Ribs on sheet pan ready for BBQ sauce


Brush your favorite BBQ sauce onto the ribs and place in broiler for 3 to 4 minutes. Take the sheet pan out from the broiler and carefully turn the ribs over to the other side. Brush with BBQ sauce and broil for another 3 minutes. 


Instant Pot Country Style Ribs slathered in BBQ sauce on sheet pan ready for broiler


Bon Appetit! 

If you're a pork rib lover, you are going to love this preparation for country style ribs. Whether they are smothered in BBQ sauce or not, this recipe delivers on flavor and tenderness. 

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs on a white plate with sides ready to eat


What to serve with Instant Pot Country Style Ribs


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Lemon cupcakes, lemon cupcake recipe, lemon cupcakes from scratch
Dessert, cakes
American
Yield: 24 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Easy Homemade Lemon Cupcakes

Easy Homemade Lemon Cupcakes

Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 40 Min
Easy to make, homemade lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting are the perfect lemon treat for any time of the day!

Ingredients

for lemon cupcakes:
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 TBSP finely grated lemon zest ( approx. 2 lemons)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. pure lemon extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
for lemon buttercream frosting:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tsp. pure lemon extract
  • 2 TBSP to 1/4 cup half and half, enough to make frosting spreadable

Instructions

How to make lemon cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two regular sized muffin pans with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lemon zest.
  3. In a small mixing bowl or 4 cup measure, whisk buttermilk, oil, lemon juice, lemon extract, and eggs until well combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir until JUST COMBINED. Do not overmix! Over mixing will create gluten and your cupcakes will be less tender.
  5. Put about 1/3 cup of batter into each paper lined well of each muffin tin. You should have enough batter to make approximately 24 cupcakes. If you don't quite make 24, remove the liner(s) that aren't getting used and fill halfway with a little water. (This will help all the cupcakes cook evenly.)
  6. Bake in preheated oven for approx. 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven, let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Frost when completely cooled.
How to make lemon buttercream frosting:
  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and salt with an electric mixer.
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Mix in the lemon extract and add enough half and half to make the frosting spreadable starting with 2 TBSP and increasing as needed. Mix until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread on completely cooled cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

302.30

Fat (grams)

18.32 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

6.05 g

Carbs (grams)

32.81 g

Fiber (grams)

0.41 g

Net carbs

32.40 g

Sugar (grams)

23.31 g

Protein (grams)

2.79 g

Sodium (milligrams)

170.74 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

52.63 mg

Nutritional Information is an estimate



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