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Instant Pot Country Style Ribs with Parmesan Grits

Instant Pot country style ribs with Parmesan corn grits is a one pot meal. Learn how to cook these tender pork ribs and creamy grits using the PIP method.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

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I HATE trends. Fads. Things that are all the rage. Whatever you want to call them. I try to avoid them like the plague. Because nine times out of ten, trends are dumb. No sane person would jump on that bandwagon all by themselves. How many times have you looked back at trends from another decade and wondered … what in the heck?

Everyone has been talking about an Instant Pot lately. EVERYONE. It was one of the top Christmas gifts last year. I already own a stovetop pressure cooker/canner. Did I really need another appliance? However, the more I read about an Instant Pot, the more appealing it sounded. So when my Dad offered to buy me one for my birthday last month, I agreed. Who turns down a free Instant Pot?

All I can say is, OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS THING! I love that I can brown my meat and pressure cook all in the same appliance. I appreciate that I can dump ingredients and go, just like my slow cooker, but the food is ready in about ¼ of the time. And I have NEVER been able to cook rice as well as this thing can.

Write this down, folks. I don’t admit to being wrong very often (just ask The Husband). Instant Pots really are all they’re cracked up to be. My Instant Pot has a permanent place on my kitchen counter because I use it at least two or more times a week.

Now I’m going back and reworking all my slow cooker recipes for the Instant Pot. Starting with Country Style Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Parmesan Corn Grits. It’s a comfort food favorite in my house. But it does require you to cook the grits in a separate pan. I don’t know about y’all, but I usually have two little boys running around under foot while I’m cooking dinner. I stresses me out! I made it my mission to come up with a recipe that would allow me to cook the pork ribs and the grits at the same time, in the same pot.

Enter the Pot-in-Pot Cooking Method

I started reading up about the pot-in-pot (PIP) method. You place food that needs a longer cooking time (such as meat) in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place a trivet over the food in the bottom. Then place an oven safe bowl with your food that needs a shorter cooking time on top.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

There are three things you will need for PIP cooking:

A trivet. The trivet that comes with your Instant Pot is too short for this method. You’ll need a trivet at least 2 – 3 inches tall. I purchased this 3” tall trivet from Amazon.

An oven safe bowl. I already had one of these round Pyrex dishes on hand. It fits perfectly inside the Instant Pot.

A sling. Once cooked, the contents are hot. You’ll need a way to lift your bowl and trivet out of the Instant Pot without burning your hands or spilling the food. I just folded a long piece of aluminum foil several times and weaved it under the trivet. It worked like a charm.

Obviously, you’ll need an Instant Pot. I have the Instant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker.

How to Cook Instant Pot Country Style Ribs with Parmesan Corn Grits using the PIP Method.

Start by pouring two tablespoons of cooking oil into the bottom of your Instant Pot. Press SAUTE and press ADJUST to increase the heat to MORE. When the Instant Pot is ready, it will say HOT.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Season three pounds of country style pork ribs on all sides with salt and pepper. Working in batches, brown the pork ribs on all sides, then remove to a plate and add more ribs to the pot until all the ribs have been browned. If you are in a hurry you can skip this step. Place all the ribs on a plate and set aside.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Turn the SAUTE function off by pressing the KEEP WARM/CANCEL button. Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic to the bottom of the pan. Season with a little salt and ground black pepper. Nestle the pork ribs into the vegetables.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

In a separate bowl, whisk together tomato paste, vinegar, beer and chicken broth.  Pour this over the ribs. Add two bay leaves to the pot.

Take your sling and wrap it under your trivet. Place the trivet in the Instant Pot over the ribs. Now place your oven safe bowl on top of the trivet.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

For the grits, I measured 1 cup of corn grits (not instant grits) and dumped them into my oven safe bowl. Then, I added one cup of chicken stock, two cups of water, two tablespoons of unsalted butter, and a little bit of salt and pepper. Give everything a stir, fold the ends of your sling down, then close the lid to your Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Press the MEAT/STEW function on your Instant Pot. If you need to, press the ADJUST botton to MORE. Once the pot comes to pressure, it should take about 40 minutes to cook. Once the time is up, release the pressure (be careful of hot steam – I like to wear an oven mitt to do this just to be safe).

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Lift the grits and the trivet out of the pot using the sling.  Stir in one cup of warm heavy cream or milk and one cup of shredded Parmesan cheese to the grits. Don’t worry, the grits will soak the milk right up and become nice and creamy. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.

To serve, ladle some grits into the bottom of a bowl or a plate. Place the ribs on the girts and spoon the vegetables and juices over top. The meat is fork tender and the juices just melt into those creamy grits.

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

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Instant Pot Country Style Ribs with Corn Grits

Instant Pot country style ribs with Parmesan corn grits is a one pot meal. Learn how to cook these tender pork ribs and creamy grits using the PIP method.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

For the ribs:

  • 3 pounds bone-in country-style pork ribs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup dark beer
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves

For the grits:

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup corn grits
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

For the ribs:

  • Pour two tablespoons of cooking oil into the bottom of your Instant Pot. Press SAUTE and press ADJUST to increase the heat to MORE. When the Instant Pot is ready, it will say HOT.
  • Season the country style pork ribs on all sides with salt and pepper. Working in batches, brown the pork ribs on all sides, then remove to a plate and add more ribs to the pot until all the ribs have been browned. If you are in a hurry you can skip to step . Place all the ribs on a plate and set aside.
  • Turn the SAUTE function off by pressing the KEEP WARM/CANCEL button. Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic to the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Nestle the pork ribs into the vegetables.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together tomato paste, vinegar, beer and chicken broth. Pour this over the ribs. Add two bay leaves to the pot.

For the grits:

  • Take your sling and wrap it under your trivet. Place the trivet in the Instant Pot over the ribs. Now place your oven safe bowl on top of the trivet.
  • Measure 1 cup of corn grits into the oven safe bowl. Add one cup of chicken stock, two cups of water, two tablespoons of unsalted butter. Season with salt and pepper. Give everything a stir, fold the ends of the sling down, then close the lid to your Instant Pot.
  • Press the MEAT/STEW function on your Instant Pot. If you need to, press the ADJUST botton to MORE. Once the pot comes to pressure, it should take about 40 minutes to cook. Once the time is up, release the pressure (be careful of hot steam – I like to wear an oven mitt to do this just to be safe).
  • Lift the grits and the trivet out of the pot using the sling. Stir in one cup of warm heavy cream or milk and one cup of shredded Parmesan cheese to the grits. The grits will start to become become nice and creamy. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • To serve, ladle grits into the bottom of a bowl or a plate. Place the ribs on the grits and spoon the vegetables and juices over top.

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