These pressure cooker BBQ country style ribs are tender and flavorful, and they cook up in mere minutes thanks to the Instant Pot!
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I don’t remember my mom making a whole lot of slow cooker meals when I was growing up. But there were a handful that she would make fairly regularly, one of which was BBQ country style ribs. The recipe was super simple and involved putting some boneless ribs, barbecue sauce and water into a slow cooker and letting it cook for 6-8 hours.
The ribs were very easy to make and were a hit with our family! We often had these with mashed potatoes and some vegetables.
Now I have to say, I’m pretty picky about pork. I love bacon, ham, and sausage, but when it comes to things like pork chops and ribs and pork loins, things start to get a little weird. Maybe it’s the way they are often prepared, but I usually don’t particularly care for them. Often the texture is dry or rubbery, or sometimes the middle still looks pink, sometimes there just isn’t much flavor, etc.
But BBQ country style ribs ribs are a different story. I love how tender they are, and the sauce is spicy-sweet perfection, just right for layering over your favorite starch.
The other day, I wanted to make some of these BBQ country style ribs for dinner, but I didn’t have enough time to cook them in the slow cooker. Enter: The pressure cooker. You guys know by now how much I LOVE my Instant Pot. I use it nearly every single day. I have an ever-growing list of easy pressure cooker recipes that I make on the regular, so my Instant Pot stays pretty busy.
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So, I followed these guidelines for converting a slow cooker recipe to a pressure cooker recipe. Instead of requiring 6-8 hours in the Crock Pot, these cook up in a mere 8 minutes. Yes, you read that right–8 minutes!! Now, obviously it takes a bit of time for the cooker to come to pressure and to release pressure, but all in all, they’re still typically finished in under 45 minutes. And they’re moist and tender, just like they’ve cooked all day.
It’s so simple, I hesitate to even call this a recipe. Really, all you do is place the ribs into the insert pot of your Instant Pot.
Add in a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce and some water (it’s important to add some water, otherwise the sauce is too viscous and the cooker won’t be able to achieve pressure), then stir it all up to combine it well.
Twist the lid on and cook for 8 minutes, followed by a natural pressure release.
After they are cooked, if you want to thicken the sauce a bit, you can add a slurry made with cornstarch and water, using the saute function to simmer the sauce until it’s thickened. This step is optional and is based on your preference and what you’re serving them with.
You can very easily shred the pork or cut it into chunks, or leave the ribs whole. I’ve done both and it’s yummy either way!
Classic comfort food in a fraction of the time. What’s not to love??
- Instant Pot (I have the DUO60 model and I love it!)