4 Ingredient Instant Pot Country Style Ribs From Fresh or Frozen

Author: Lisa Childs

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Category: Dairy Free Instant Pot Recipes

Published Date: March 3, 2020

Updated Date: July 27, 2023

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Instant Pot Country Style Ribs from fresh or frozen only need four flexible ingredients! Simply dump everything into the Instant Pot for a flavorful, mouthwatering, and effortless meal.

Easy country style Instant Pot country style ribs


Making country style ribs in the Instant Pot is super easy and quick! Usually, you’d have to cook country style pork ribs in the oven or slow cooker for hours.

Serve Instant Pot Country Style Pork Ribs with Easy Instant Pot Corn on the Cob, Air Fryer Green Beans, or an Air Fryer Baked Potato. Yum!


Country style ribs are typically very inexpensive. This is a great recipe to feed a lot of people for cheap!

Dump all the ingredients into the Instant Pot, walk away, and have dinner ready in less than an hour! 

You can use this method to make the most amazing traditional Instant Pot Ribs as well! I love both recipes, but country style ribs are boneless.

Before I teach you how to cook country style pork ribs, let me answer a few frequently asked questions.


No, you can’t barbecue like you would be able to on a traditional grill, but you can prepare many modified BBQ dishes in the Instant Pot. 

The best part is that the Instant Pot cooks in a fraction of the time, compared to grilling, smoking, or slow cooking! It’s the quickest way to satisfy your BBQ craving.


Check out some of my best Instant Pot BBQ Recipes:


Fun fact: country style pork ribs aren’t actually ribs! They are thick blade steaks cut from the loin or shoulder area. Sometimes they include part of the upper rib bone, but often they’re completely boneless.

package of country style ribs
Country Style Ribs are boneless and usually very inexpensive, so they’re a great way to feed a lot of people for cheap!


Spare ribs are probably the most popular type of rib, cut from the underside of the ribcage. They have bones, meat, and fat. My traditional Instant Pot Ribs recipe can be made with spare ribs!

For this recipe, I purchase country style ribs. Country style pork ribs are like long, thick steak slices, and usually boneless. I find they have much more meat than other rib cuts. Perfect for feeding a hungry family or crowd!


Country style ribs are not only very affordable, but also readily available! I usually select a four pound package from the meat department at my local grocery store. Look in the pork section.

They are cut into long chunks, resembling ribs. When in doubt, ask the butcher at the counter! 

Sometimes there are bone-in country style ribs, but I use boneless for this recipe.

country style ribs with rootbeer, bbq sauce, and rib seasoning


I always use boneless country style pork ribs for this recipe! These are the perfect ribs to serve for less mess. Boneless pork ribs in the Instant Pot are fall-apart-tender and easy to eat with a fork.

I have had some readers ask in the comments about using bone-in country style ribs. If you selected ribs with bones, I recommend adding an additional ten minutes to the cook time.

Now that you’ve successfully selected your boneless pork ribs, let me teach you how to cook country style pork ribs!

How to cook Instant Pot country style ribs

This easy method is the quickest and easiest way to make Instant Pot country style ribs.

  • Dump the ribs (fresh or frozen) into the Instant Pot, add your favorite rib rub or seasoning, bbq sauce, and your favorite soda. (I use root beer.)
  • Lock the lid and cook on Manual High for 35-45 minutes, with a natural pressure release (about ten minutes.)
  • After the natural pressure release, you can totally just take the meat out and eat it like that. But they are best served with an extra slather of bbq sauce to make the ribs nice and sticky!

If you want to go the extra mile, baste the ribs with more sauce and broil until they’re lightly crisped. However, when I’m in a hurry, I like to just serve as-is. 🙂

country style ribs in the Instant Pot with a baked potato


The great thing about this recipe is that the ingredients are interchangeable! Use your favorite barbecue sauce or rub.

The cooking liquid is flexible too! I recommend using your favorite soda or cola, such as coke. Typically, I use root beer. 

Readers have successfully used beer, wine, diet soda, broth, or apple juice!

Keto or low carb country style bbq ribs

To make low carb or keto-style country style ribs in the Instant Pot, make the following modifications:

  • Replace the rib seasoning with a sugar-free bbq seasoning.
  • Replace the soda/liquid with a diet or sugar free version.
  • Use a sugar free/low carb/keto bbq sauce.


Unlike many slow cooker recipes, BBQ sauce will NOT work as the liquid in an Instant Pot. Due to the high sugar content in BBQ sauce, if you add it directly to the pot, it will burn. That’s why this recipe calls for additional liquid, like your favorite soda.


Pressure cooker country ribs can cook from fresh or frozen! Don’t change the cook time if they are individually frozen.

For a large frozen block, I would add about ten extra minutes. If you open the lid and they are still not cooked, tear apart the large pieces and cook for a few extra minutes. Always check meat with this superior cooking thermometer before serving!

a forkful of Instant Pot country style ribs


This recipe card calls for four pounds of country style pork ribs. However, I have tested a smaller amount for this recipe in my cookbook I Love My Instant Pot – Cooking for One Cookbook.

My cookbook recipe calls for about 12 ounces, or four pieces, boneless country style ribs. The cook time is 35 minutes on Manual High, with a 15 minute natural pressure release. 

I recommend the same cook time as above for one pound country style ribs.

What to serve with country style ribs

My friend told me just this week that she’d never had country style ribs before! She didn’t know how to make them or what to serve them with. This inspired me to dig up this recipe from my archives and write this post for her!

Country Style Ribs with BBQ sauce go well with anything you’d normally serve at a barbeque, such as beans, potatoes, or bread.

You could even take a chunk of meat and put it in a hotdog or hamburger bun! Here’s a couple ideas for some easy sides:


The greatest thing about these Instant Pot Country Style Ribs is that you just dump and go! If you don’t want to use a prepared sauce or rub, definitely use your own. The meat is fall-apart tender and so deliciously easy!

Graphic of 4 Ingredient Country Style Ribs with a picture of a plate of ribs covered in BBQ sauce.
Easy country style Instant Pot country style ribs

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs from fresh or frozen only need 4 flexible ingredients! Simply dump everything into the Instant Pot for a flavorful, mouthwatering, and effortless meal!
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Calories: 1569kcal
Author: Lisa Childs


  • 4 pounds boneless country style ribs
  • 3 tablespoons rib/bbq rub or seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce or your favorite
  • 3/4 cup root beer cola, or Dr. Pepper (not diet)


  • Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot and lightly toss with tongs so the meat has seasoning all over it.
  • Lock the Lid, turn the knob to Sealing, and cook on the Meat/Stew setting for 35 minutes. If you do not have this setting, use the Manual or Pressure Cook button. For frozen, cook for 40 minutes with a 15 minute natural pressure release.
  • After the 35 minute pressure cook, allow a 15 minute natural pressure release. If you don't have time for this, you don't have to do it, but it will help tenderize the meat.
  • Release the rest of the pressure, if any, and remove the lid.
  • Remove the ribs from the Instant Pot. Baste the ribs with more sauce and enjoy! You can also baste the ribs with more sauce and broil in the oven or air fryer for about 5 minutes to get a little crispier.


  • You may use apple juice, beer, broth, or wine in place of the soda.
  • To make low carb or keto-style country style ribs in the Instant Pot, make the following modifications:
  • Replace the rib seasoning with a sugar-free bbq seasoning, replace the soda/liquid with a diet or sugar free version, and use a sugar free/low carb/keto bbq sauce.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1569kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 130g | Fat: 88g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 52g | Cholesterol: 464mg | Sodium: 1581mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 57g
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    1. Arrgg I just put regular coke in there. Mine has 4 big boneless ribs, so shouldn’t be that much. My BBQ sauce is Ray’s but sugar free

  1. Hi Liza, I just got my instant pot gourmet duo yesterday .I am so excited to try your recipes. What more excites me is your in our beautiful state Utah. I live in Roy. Very grateful to come across with your YouTube videos, It was indeed very helpful. Thank you so much .

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  2. I only had a pound and cooked them in the instant pot… They were dry. I want to try again for a pound and in the crock pot. Can you tell me what I should adjust to avoid drying them out?

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        Yes, but they will be extremely soft and may be too soft. If you do add them, I would put them in a pan or steamer net and keep them whole. 40 minutes or so will be really long but the ribs really need the time. Another thing you could do is cook the ribs for 25 minutes, then add the potatoes and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

  3. 5 stars
    Everyone in my house love these ribs. My daughter in law asks at least once a week for them. They are the best ribs we have made.

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  4. Wow these came out perfect using the root beer and right now as we speak, I’m trying it this time with apple juice (I’m out of soda) thanks for this recipe ! 5/5

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      If they are individually frozen, no. If you have a large block, I’d add about 10 extra minutes and you may need to add a little extra time after that if you open the lid and need to tear some of the large pieces apart. i haven’t tried a large block of frozen country style ribs for this recipe.

  5. Meats seem to be labeled differently in different places! I have some pork loin boneless for Texas style ribs. Is that the same thing or would it work in this recipe? Thanks for your help!

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      Hi! I don’t believe that Texas style ribs are the same as country style ribs. When in doubt, please ask your butcher. Unfortunately, I haven’t ever heard of those kind!

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  7. Delicious recipe. Cooked from partially frozen 40 min with natural release. Used white wine for soda. So I guess it was a “modified” version.

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  8. Lisa, I have a question on this recipe. If you get the bone-in style country ribs, do you need to adjust the cooking time or anything else for those? I just purchased a instant pot pro model and this will be my first cooking in it for the 4th, and I don’t want to mess-up.

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  9. Hi Lisa
    Love your Instant Pot Recipes!

    I have 1/2 slab of ribs my son brought from a restaurant. They are tough! Can I just put them into an IP & recook! Perhaps something like 15 minutes with a 7 minute auto release?
    What do you think?

    1. Lisa recommends seasoning and searing short ribs first, then pressure cooking for 55 minutes with a natural pressure release.

  10. 5 stars
    Hey there,
    I just finished reading your article on 4 Ingredient Instant Pot Country Style Ribs, and I couldn’t resist dropping by to leave a comment. First off, let me say that I absolutely loved your recipe and the way you presented it. Your writing style is so engaging and relatable that I felt like we were chatting over a barbecue pit, sharing cooking tips and stories.

    I’m a huge fan of using my Instant Pot for quick and delicious meals, and your recipe for country style ribs has quickly become a favorite in my household. The fact that it only requires four simple ingredients is a game-changer for busy weeknights when I’m short on time but still crave a mouthwatering dinner. Your step-by-step instructions were clear and easy to follow, and the inclusion of tips for both fresh and frozen ribs was incredibly helpful.

    What I particularly appreciated about your article was the personal touch you added. It felt like you were speaking directly to me, sharing your own experiences and passion for cooking. It made me feel connected and inspired to try out your recipe right away. And let me tell you, the results were amazing! The ribs were so tender and flavorful, with a perfect balance of sweetness and smokiness. My family couldn’t get enough of them, and I can’t wait to make them again for our next gathering.

    Thank you, [Author’s Name], for sharing such a fantastic recipe and your expertise in the kitchen. Your blog is now my go-to resource for Instant Pot recipes, and I’ll be eagerly awaiting your next culinary creation. Keep up the great work and happy cooking!

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      Hi Alexander,
      Thank you SO much for taking the time to try the recipe, and also leave such a kind and generous note and review! We put so much work into our recipes and articles, that hearing such positive feedback honestly makes our entire day and makes everything worth it! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the recipe and I hope you’ll come back for more 🙂 I actually just made the country style ribs for the first time in a while and I forgot how easy and delicious they are. I get that feedback on this recipe a lot so I’m so grateful you tried it! Thanks again!! – Lisa

    1. No, you should use the same amount or slightly less as long as the liquid totals about a cup. Keep the cook time the same!

  11. 5 stars
    They fell off the bone… yes, the bone! I followed the recipe exactly but increased the time to 38 minutes and not the 35 suggested for boneless. They were so soft I had a hard time getting them out of the pot as they kept falling apart. Once broiled (with a little sauce on top) for a little crispiness, they were FABULOUS! Great recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    yes I never leave a review but these are so easy and awesome this is about one of the first things I made when I got my instant pot My daddy loved these ribs and now my mom does too we have these tasty easy ribs about twice a month sometimes more.The only thing I change is the soda if I don’t have any rootbeer I use cherry pepsi and I season my ribs with kinders peach Bourbon bbq seasoning and I cut up an onion an put it on the bottom of my pot.We like the onion flavor This is such a great easy recipe and I need easy,because I’m disabled and so is my mom.

  13. 5 stars
    We’ve made this several times now. I want to make it more often, but my family want to eat other things as well! Ridiculous, I know!

    I’m going to try this out using a single joint of pork tonight (approx 3lbs) – I’ll add some time to the cooking (probably go with 55 mins pressure, then natural release), but keep the rub/ sauce/ Dr Pepper ingredients the same.


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