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Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

Whipping up my instant pot baby back ribs is a breeze. Season, pressure cook, slather with BBQ sauce, broil, and voila! Tender, flavorful ribs ready to be devoured. A real crowd-pleaser!

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Ladies and gents, we're getting saucy with these Instant Pot baby back ribs. Imagine biting into juicy, fall-off-the-bone meat, seasoned to perfection and slathered in your favorite BBQ sauce. What's not to love? They're easy to make, too. In less than an hour, you can enjoy a restaurant-quality meal without stepping foot outside. Let's get cooking it!

Ingredients for Delicious Baby Back Ribs in the Instant Pot

  • Rack of baby back ribs: Tender, flavorful meat that is the star of the dish, cooks to perfection under pressure in the Instant Pot.
  • Water: Creates steam for pressure cooking, essential for building pressure in the Instant Pot to cook the ribs.
  • BBQ sauce: Adds sweet, tangy flavor and caramelizes beautifully under the broiler, creating a sticky glaze on the ribs.
  • Garlic powder: Infuses the ribs with a savory depth of flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • Onion powder: Adds a subtle sweetness and depth to the ribs, complementing the other flavors in the dish.

Essential Tools for Making Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

  • Instant Pot: Pressure cooks the ribs quickly, making them tender and juicy.
  • Tongs: Helps to handle the hot ribs safely during cooking and transferring.
  • Basting brush: Used to brush the ribs with BBQ sauce for added flavor and caramelization.
  • Broiler: Finishes the ribs by caramelizing the BBQ sauce for a delicious glaze.

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe

This Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe is a quick and delicious way to enjoy tender, flavorful ribs without the long cooking time. Perfect for a family dinner!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 450 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Trivet
  • Broiler


Main Ingredients

  • 1 rack baby back ribs Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper


  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.
  • Season the ribs with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour water into the Instant Pot and place the trivet inside.
  • Place the seasoned ribs on the trivet.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.
  • Once done, do a quick pressure release and carefully remove the ribs.
  • Brush the ribs with BBQ sauce.
  • Finish the ribs under the broiler for a few minutes to caramelize the sauce.
  • Slice and serve hot.


For extra flavor, marinate the ribs in the seasoning overnight.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 450kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 25gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 800mgPotassium: 400mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg


Keyword BBQ, Instant Pot, Ribs
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Tips for Making Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • After cooking the ribs, let them cool completely.
  • Once cooled, store the ribs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to eat, reheat the ribs in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the cooked ribs to cool completely.
  • Wrap the ribs tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil.
  • Place the wrapped ribs in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw the ribs overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Did you know that adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to the water in the instant pot can help tenderize the ribs even more?

Common Questions About Cooking Baby Back Ribs in the Instant Pot

How long does it take to cook baby back ribs in the instant pot?
Baby back ribs cook in the instant pot for 25 minutes on high pressure.
Can I use a different sauce for the baby back ribs?
Yes, you can use any bbq sauce of your choice for the ribs.
Do I need to remove the membrane from the ribs before cooking?
It is recommended to remove the membrane from the back of the ribs before cooking for better flavor and texture.
Can I skip the broiling step at the end?
While broiling helps caramelize the bbq sauce, you can skip this step if desired.
How many servings does this recipe make?
This recipe makes about 2-3 servings, depending on the size of the rack of ribs.

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