Instant Pot Country Ribs and Sauerkraut

Instant Pot Country Ribs and Sauerkraut

Eating pork and sauerkraut on New Years Day is well known to be good luck for the New Year. I'm not sure that this always works but who are we to break such a well-known tradition. So, we always have our pork and sauerkraut on New Years Day.

Since Santa brought Fran an Instant Pot for Christmas this year we thought what a great way to make our pork and sauerkraut.

So far we've only made a couple of things in the Instant Pot. Fran made meatballs and tomato sauce the other day in about 30 minutes and it was delicious.

And, this is coming from somebody who likes their tomato sauce cooking for hours. I didn't document the sauce process but, when we make it again I'll post it.

Instant Pot Country Ribs

The first thing was to brown the ribs on all sides. To do this, I let the Instant Pot heat, up and then added 2 tablespoons of peanut oil. I added some black pepper and browned the ribs on all sides.

Instant Pot country Ribs and Sauerkraut:

Here is what I used:

1-1/2 lbs boneless Country Ribs
2 tablespoons peanut oil or Olive Oil (For Browning)
2 lbs. sauerkraut (drained)
2 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup water

  1. First I warmed up the Instant Pot by pressing the saute' button.
  2. Added the oil, black pepper and browned the ribs on all sides.
  3. I added the sauerkraut, brown sugar and water.
  4. Lock the lid in place and make sure the vent is closed.
  5. Pressed the manual button, then set the time on 20 minutes.
  6. After 20 minutes I moved the vent to open to relieve the pressure.
  7. Then pressed the keep warm button for about 5 minutes before opening.
That's all there was to it. In about 30 minutes we were enjoying delicious Country ribs and sauerkraut. 

I highly recommend the Instant Pot for quick and easy meals. I can see why they say this is a real time saver.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!


  1. I have heard about the instant pot being a real time-saver, Sam. I go (way) back to the days of pressure cookers, so understand a bit how nice it is to have a 'quick' one-pot way of cooking.

    BTW, Our New Year's traditional food for many years was Goose, wild rice and black eyed peas. Black Eyed Peas according to hubby's side of the family brought you 'good luck' and good fortune (wealth) in the new year. Personally, I 'dislike' black eyed peas, but had to eat it or break the pattern of good fortune ~ so, I ate ONE. LOL.

    Happy New Year to you and best of everything for the new year.

    1. So far we just love our Instant Pot. It's not only a pressure cooker but also a rice cooker, slow cooker, and steamer. I'm gland you ate the black eyed peas as to not break the tradition!! Thanks Pat, and wishing you and your family the same for the new year.

  2. Got a new one for Christmas -- this sounds awesome. Thank you

    1. So far Carol we are loving our new Instant Pot. I hope you enjoy cooking with yours. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. I always do a mayoral release for meat; makes it more tender. Going to try your recipe with that one change. Sounds yummy!

  4. Oops! I meant manual release, ��

  5. I’ll get it right, yet...NATURAL release! 🤣🤣

  6. Love my Insta pot. I was wondering if I could use Apple juice instead of the water?

    1. I think apple juice would work very well. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Second,time in using my insta pot. First time I made Insta Pot Lasagna for a group of people we have over once a month,everyone loved it. Tonight I am making country style ribs with sour kraut. I added whole slices white onion. Insta Pot is a meal lifesaver.

  8. Using the brown sugar, does it make it sweet ?