Pressure Cooker Country-Style Barbecue Pork Ribs

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Pressure Cooker Country-Style Barbecue Pork Ribs in a sweet, tangy, easy-to-make homemade barbecue sauce. Country-style ribs are meatier than baby back ribs. Cooking them in the pressure cooker helps melt away the fat and leaves fork tender meat. 

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Country-Style Barbecue Pork Ribs over rice

This post is a guest post from a wonderful Pressure Cooking Today reader. Carol loves to cook and bake, and is an active member of several cooking forums, including Taste of Home. She’s been pressure cooking for years using a stove-top pressure cooker, and recently added  an electric pressure cooker to her kitchen. Take it away Carol:

Having just got an electric pressure cooker, I’ve been looking forward to adapting some of my favorite slow cooker recipes to make in it.

I love boneless ribs and always take advantage of a sale on them when my grocery store has one. I’ve made this recipe from Jonna @ Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake many times in my slow cooker, and couldn’t wait to give it a try in the pressure cooker.

Close up shot of Country-Style Barbecue Pork Ribs over Rice

Making Country-Style Barbecue Pork Ribs in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create these delicious Country-Style Barbecue Pork Ribs!

What took 5-6 hours to cook in my slow cooker took only 15 minutes in the pressure cooker-what a time saver! The ribs were just as moist and tender as when they were cooked low and slow.

I was in a hurry and wasn’t aware that I could have used the Sauté setting to thicken the sauce after the ribs were cooked-I thickened it in a saucepan instead. Next time I’ll use that setting to save washing another pan.

I served these delicious ribs over some coconut rice that I had frozen. They would be equally as good served with noodles or potatoes.

If you love ribs with a sweet, tangy barbecue sauce, I think you’ll really enjoy this recipe.


Update: Since Carol shared this recipe several years ago, it’s become a popular recipe, so I’m updating the post with a video showing how easy these Pressure Cooker Country-Style Barbecue Pork Ribs are to make. 

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Country-Style Barbecue Pork Ribs over rice
Yield: 6 servings

Country-Style Barbecue Pork Ribs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 4-5 dashes Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup finely minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 10-14 boneless country-style pork ribs (about 3 1/2 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Pepper Blend OR freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil


  1. For the sauce, combine the pineapple with the juice, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, minced onion, dry mustard, ginger, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl, stirring until well mixed. Taste and adjust seasoning. Set the sauce aside.
  2. Trim any excess fat from the ribs.
  3. Combine the onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture on all sides of the ribs.
  4. Select Browning on the electric pressure cooker and add the vegetable oil to the pot. When the oil is hot, lightly brown the seasoned ribs on all sides. Do this step in batches so you don't overcrowd the pot, placing the ribs on a plate after they brown.
  5. Return all the ribs to the pressure cooker. Pour the sauce over the ribs and give them a stir, making sure all of the ribs are coated with sauce.
  6. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and set the timer for 15 minutes cooking time. When the beep sounds, let the pressure cooker natural release for 8 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. When the valve drops, remove the lid.
  7. With tongs, remove the ribs from the pressure cooker to a platter and cover with foil to keep them warm.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water, whisking until the cornstarch dissolves. Select Sauté on the pressure cooker and bring the sauce to a boil. Whisk in the cornstarch slurry and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
  9. Add the ribs, stir to cover them in the sauce and simmer for 5-10 minutes to let the ribs absorb some of the sauce, stirring occasionally.
  10. Serve the ribs and sauce over rice, noodles or potatoes.


adapted from Jonna at Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1096Total Fat: 64gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 39gCholesterol: 309mgSodium: 807mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 86g

Other pressure cooker rib recipes you might like:

Pressure Cooker BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Pressure Cooking Today
Pressure Cooker Beef Short Ribs, Pressure Cooking Today
Pressure Cooker Sweet and Sour Country Style Ribs, Pressure Cooking Today
Instant Pot Red Wine Rosemary Short Ribs, Nutmeg Nanny

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originally published May 5, 2018 — last updated February 11, 2019
Categories: Pork