I’ve been trying so many new things with this Instant Pot challenge! I’ve purchased a few kinds of meat I never tried before, and these “country style boneless pork ribs” that I bought for a Vindaloo recipe definitely count.
I had half a package leftover (Costco!) and was getting a little tired of Mexican or Asian. I wanted BBQ!
But hubby was still doing a Whole30, so no sweetener allowed. That killed 97% of the recipes I looked up! And I don’t stock liquid smoke, which killed the rest.
BBQ Pork Ribs with no Sweetener? Sure, says my Instant Pot!
I ended up having to make up the recipe on my own using a few for inspiration, but very loosely.
I’m super thrilled with how it turned out, with the meat just falling apart delicious and oh so much flavor. The only problem? It would have been better with rice – all those juices!
The kids had it good served with leftover rice, and in fact we ended up with a whole quart jar of juices for leftovers. I needed more rice!
Make your Instant Pot work for you!
The Instant Pot has gotten a lot of hype over the last couple years – for good reason. It really can do just about anything.
Although it can seem a bit daunting to use at first, it really becomes quite simple once you give it a try.
Use the techniques, tips and simple recipes from the Instant Pot Guidebook to get started, and before you know it, your Instant Pot will become indispensable!
But I titled this recipe “Whole30” so it’s not very nice to put rice in all those photos. Here’s how hubby and I ate it, with sauteed cabbage, red peppers and mushrooms, plus roasted root veggies, a new frozen prepared bag I found at Costco. That’s my kind of “processed food!”
Recipe: Pressure Cooker Barbecue Boneless RibsPrint
- 2 Tbs. olive oil, lard, or other cooking fat
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 2–2.5 lbs. boneless pork ribs (“country style”)
For the rub:
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. white pepper (or black is fine if you don’t have white)
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp. coriander
- 1/2 tsp. thyme
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
For the sauce:
- Turn the Instant Pot on to “Saute.” Add the oil, and when it’s hot, add the onion.
- Stir that around for at least 5 minutes, although 10 would be better to get it brown/caramelized.
- Meanwhile, mix the spice rub by blending the salt, white pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, coriander, thyme, and allspice.
- If the onions seem to be cooking along too fast, hit the “cancel” button. You can go back to sauteeing at any time if you think it needs more.
- Once the onions look and smell delicious, rub the spice blend on the pork and put it all into the IP on top of the onions. (I plunked the pork in the pot and poured the spices over and moved them around with my spoon because I don’t like getting another bowl out and digging my hands into raw meat. Whatever works!)
- Mix the sauce together in a bowl or glass measuring cup: tomato sauce, stock or water, vinegar, mustard powder, salt, garlic powder, and dried ginger.
- Pour the sauce into the bottom of the Instant Pot, trying not to pour the spices off your meat.
- Close and lock the lid and make sure the valve is closed.
- Press the “Meat/Stew” button, which is 35 minutes on high pressure (with about 15-20 minutes to get to pressure).
- Allow for natural pressure release at the end of the cook time.
- The ribs should be just falling apart. Serve over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes, or for Whole30/Paleo, serve with lots of sauteed or roasted veggies and a big old baked white or sweet potato.
- You’ll have lots of juices leftover, which go awesome on rice as a side dish in a future meal, as a sauce for a veggie saute, or as the start for a leftover soup with your meat and some other ingredients.
**Just use regular paprika if you don’t have smoked. If you have liquid smoke, add that to get more of the BBQ flavor.
**Surely could be done in a slow cooker for 8 hours on low. Skip the water/stock as it wouldn’t be needed, and saute the onions separately if you want that flavor (or use dried onion if you don’t care!).
- Calories: 514
- Sugar: 4.8g
- Sodium: 2130mg
- Fat: 17.8g
- Saturated Fat: 4.5g
- Carbohydrates: 9.2g
- Fiber: 2.4g
- Protein: 76.3g
- Cholesterol: 207mg
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It’s never easy to keep up with real food goals! If my meal isn’t planned ahead and/or I don’t have the right food on hand, it’s SO tempting to give up and grab convenience food!
I have to almost trick myself into getting it right sometimes…like this:
I love my raw milk farm, and they usually have beef for me too – but not all the cuts. And chicken is hard to come by. And pork is hit or miss.
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I had to fight off the family just to take these pictures…and then they promptly ate my props. I didn’t even get any of the leftovers at all!
Speaking of no leftovers…sometimes you don’t want any, like if you’re cooking while traveling. Check out this post to see how I made this meal in a hotel room with the Instant Pot and allowed my family to swim like fish!
By the way, if you don’t usually buy boneless ribs, I am sure these spices and sauces could also be used with many other cuts of pork, pretty much anything you’d throw into a slow cooker like a shoulder roast, or even a beef chuck roast. It’s just a little bit zingy but mostly just full-bodied flavor.
Feel free to thicken up the sauce by adding arrowroot starch after cooking (it will burn on the pot if you add it before).
More Whole30 Info:
- Whole30 (and anti-cavity) Rookie Meal Plan
- Whole30 Veggie Side Dish Ideas and Meal Plans
- Tastes like Pizza Breakfast Hash (Whole30 compliant)
- Whole30 Instant Pot Boneless Pork Rib Recipe
- Whole30 Failure Story: Didn’t Help my Friend’s Hashimoto’s
- Whole30 Failure Story: Too Hard for Bachelor to Manage
- Easy BBQ Chicken for Instant Pot or Slow Cooker (no sweetener)
- Whole30 Grocery Shopping List to Stock Up for Success
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My dear friend Wardee at Traditional Cooking School can do just about anything with her Instant Pot – cakes, bread, main dishes, veggies, even “stacking” multiple kinds of food at once!
She’s offering a free sourdough cornbread Instant Pot recipe!
This cornbread is delicious, nutritious, super easy to make, and it only needs 12 minutes of cook time.
More Instant Pot Treasures
Other Instant Pot Tutorials:
- What is a Pressure Cooker (basics for the rookie cook)
- How to Set up a New Instant Pot (VIDEO)
- Pros and Cons of the Instant Pot
- How to Use the Instant Pot in a Hotel Room (save $$$ on dinner out!)
- 10 Basic Techniques for your Instant Pot
- How to Make Squash in the Instant Pot
- How to Cook Frozen Ground Beef in the Instant Pot FAST
- Instructions to Convert Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Recipes to the Instant Pot (& favorite slow cooker recipes to make in the IP!)
- How to Pressure Cook Dry Beans (even without soaking!)
- Is a Pressure Cooker Still Healthy and Safe?
Other Instant Pot Recipes:
- Paleo & Whole30 BBQ Chicken – used thighs, so frugal!
- Gluten-free Chipotle Beef (chuck roast or stew beef)
- Instant Pot BBQ Beef
- Quick Cauliflower Rice in the Instant Pot (2 flavors)
- Instant Pot Quick Turmeric Rice Recipe
- Easy Mashed Potatoes (no drain!) in the Instant Pot
- Pressure Cooker Mexican Lentils and Rice (chicken or vegetarian)
- Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs (AIP & GAPS)
- Instant Pot Country Style Boneless Pork Ribs (that just fall apart!)
- Budget-Friendly Instant Pot Chipotle Beef
- Fast Smoky Mexican Chicken Soup
- Curried Lemon Coconut Chicken
- Italian Lentil One-pot Dinner
- Apple Cranberry Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Easy Instant Pot One Pot Meals – that any beginner can make!
- Black-Eyed Pea and Beet Greens Soup
- Gluten-free Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
- Instant Pot Cherry Compote (and 10 Instant Pot Desserts)