This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Pork Association. I was compensated for my time writing this. As always my words and thoughts are my own.
Instant Pot Country Style Rib Recipe
I’m going to start this post by once again declaring my love for my Instant Pot. An electric pressure cooker is the perfect answer for taking family favorite recipes like BBQ country style ribs (or Mac and Cheese!) and making them simple and fast. Our boys love these Chipotle Garlic Instant Pot Country Style Ribs and I think you’ll love them too!
I have to start out by saying that I can’t take all the credit for this recipe. Growing up my very favorite meal at my Grandma’s house was her BBQ Country Style Pork Ribs. This base recipe is taken straight from the cookbook she made for all of us in the family, I just updated it for the instant pot and tweaked the flavors for this Chipotle Garlic Instant Pot Country Style Ribs recipe.
How do you know when pork is done?
First things, first. Let’s talk about “properly prepared pork”. Growing up, I though pork was dry and flavorless. I didn’t really understand why people liked pork. I didn’t know at the time that pork isn’t meant to be and doesn’t need to be over cooked. In fact, if you want delicious pork, cook it to 145 and no higher. It’s amazing how delicious pork is when it’s cooked correctly!
You’ve heard that you have to cook pork until it’s well done in order for it to be safe? Good news, that’s just not true! As farmers, you might think that we raise our own pigs. However, Hubs and I discovered early on that it is better for the long term sustainability of our marriage to stick to dairy cows and leave raising pigs to the professionals. We haven’t looked back.
While I am not a pork farmer, I do know that farmers across the board are constantly working to be the best. Not just in how safe our food is, but also in how well we care for our animals. I have complete confidence in my pig farming peers and I buy pork at the store just like everyone else. As always you’re welcome to ask me about dairy farming and now you can check out pork.org to learn about how pig farmers care for their animals too.
What are country style pork ribs?
So, back to the good eats! This recipe calls for country style ribs, ( I prefer boneless but you can use bone in, if you want). Did you know that there are several types of pork ribs available? Honestly, I wasn’t sure what the difference was, but the Pork.org website really helped me learn more about the different pork cuts available. For this recipe I like how meaty country style ribs are.
As I was saying, the roots of this recipe start in my grandma’s kitchen, with a homemade BBQ sauce that the pork cooks in. She even won a cooking contest with her version of this dish. So why am I not sharing her exact recipe? FAMILY RECIPE SECRETS, DUH! I miss her but I don’t need her haunting me because I spilled the beans on her secret ingredients.
Then there is the time factor, when my grandma made her ribs, she spent several hours on them. I don’t have that kind of time. Thankfully the Instant Pot makes this recipe a breeze in a fraction of the time. I love pork in the Instant Pot because a pork is a quick cooking meat and when you combine it with the speedy cooking of a pressure cooker, you can have dinner lightning fast!
So here is my version of grandma’s ribs, with a little flavor tweaking and redone for the Instant Pot. It starts with a homemade BBQ sauce that the pork cooks in and gets it’s flavor from. If any of my cousins read this, make sure you try this and let me know if I come close to competing with Grandma’s recipe!
Pressure Cooker Country Style Ribs
Chipotle garlic Instant Pot Country Style Pork Ribs
3lbs country style pork ribs (boneless or bone in)
1 15oz can crushed tomatoes
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 cup ketchup
3Tbs crushed garlic
2Tbs smoked chipotle Tabasco sauce
2Tbs ground chipotle powder
- Add tomatoes, sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic and seasonings to pressure cooker. Whisk together.
- Submerge pork ribs in sauce.
- Place lid on Instant Pot, making sure release valve is set to closed.
- Set timer to manual for 45 minutes.
- When timer goes off, allow to sit for 5 minutes for boneless and 10 minutes for bone-in. Quick release steam when time is up.
- You will know the ribs are done when they are fork tender and flake apart. Serve with a little sauce spooned over the meat.
- These ribs reheat very well. In fact, I think they taste better the more they are reheated! If you have leftovers, put them in a oven safe dish and cover with the sauce. Reheat in your oven at 350 for 30 minutes.