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Instant Pot Ribs Recipe: Juicy & Tender Instant Pot Ribs Recipe: Juicy & Tender


Instant Pot Ribs Recipe: Juicy & Tender

Written by: Emily Smith

Whipping up my go-to instant pot ribs recipe tonight. Tender, juicy ribs slathered in tangy BBQ sauce, broiled to perfection. Can't wait to dig in, it's a real treat!

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You're in for a treat! I'm sharing my go-to method for tender, lip-smacking ribs right in your kitchen. With just a pressure cooker and a few household ingredients, we'll create a masterpiece that will bring BBQ-style dinners to your dining table. Let's recreate this flavorful indulgence and prepare your taste buds for a delectable ride!

Ingredients for Delicious Instant Pot Ribs

  • Rack of pork baby back ribs: Tender and flavorful meat that is the star of the dish, perfect for pressure cooking and absorbing flavors.
  • Water: Essential for creating steam in the instant pot to cook the ribs under pressure without drying them out.
  • BBQ sauce: Adds a sweet, tangy, and smoky flavor to the ribs, creating a delicious glaze during broiling for caramelization.

Essential Tools for Making Ribs in the Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the ribs quickly while keeping them tender and flavorful.
  • Tongs: Needed for flipping and handling the ribs safely during the cooking process.
  • Oven: Used for broiling the ribs at the end to caramelize the BBQ sauce for added flavor.

Instant Pot Ribs Recipe: Juicy & Tender

This Instant Pot Ribs Recipe yields juicy and tender ribs in a fraction of the time it would take to cook them traditionally. Perfect for a quick and delicious meal!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 580 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Oven
  • Trivet
  • Broiler


Main Ingredients

  • 1 rack pork baby back ribs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce your favorite
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder optional
  • Onion powder optional
  • Paprika optional


  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs and season with salt, pepper, and any additional seasonings.
  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and add olive oil. Sear the ribs on both sides until browned.
  • Add water to the Instant Pot and place the trivet inside. Place the ribs on the trivet.
  • Close the Instant Pot, set to high pressure for 25 minutes, and allow for a natural pressure release.
  • Preheat your oven broiler.
  • Brush the ribs with BBQ sauce and broil in the oven for 5-7 minutes until caramelized.
  • Serve with extra BBQ sauce on the side.


For extra flavor, you can marinate the ribs in the BBQ sauce overnight before cooking.


Calories: 580kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 32gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 820mgPotassium: 520mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 2.5mg
Keyword Instant Pot Ribs, Juicy Ribs, Tender Ribs
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Prep and Storage Tips for Instant Pot Ribs

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the ribs as instructed but skip the broiling step.
  • Let the ribs cool, then refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  • When ready to serve, brush with bbq sauce and broil until heated through and caramelized.

Freezing Instructions

  • After cooking, cool the ribs completely.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating in the oven or microwave.

When making this recipe, try adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to the water in the Instant Pot for an extra layer of flavor and tenderness to the ribs.

Common Questions About Cooking Ribs in the Instant Pot

How long does it take to cook instant pot ribs?
It takes about 25 minutes of high pressure cooking in the instant pot.
Can I use a different type of ribs for this recipe?
Yes, you can use spare ribs or St. Louis-style ribs instead of baby back ribs.
Do I have to broil the ribs in the oven?
Broiling the ribs after pressure cooking is optional but recommended for caramelization.
Can I use a homemade bbq sauce for this recipe?
Absolutely, feel free to use your favorite store-bought or homemade bbq sauce.
How many servings does this recipe make?
This recipe typically serves 2-4 people, depending on the size of the rack of ribs.

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