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Instant Pot St. Louis Ribs Recipe: Juicy & Tender Instant Pot St. Louis Ribs Recipe: Juicy & Tender


Instant Pot St. Louis Ribs Recipe: Juicy & Tender

Written by: Emily Smith

Sure thing! These St. Louis ribs are my go-to comfort food. Cooked in the Instant Pot, they're fall-off-the-bone tender. A quick broil caramelizes the BBQ sauce, making them irresistibly sticky and delicious.

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Strap in folks, we're about to embark on a tantalizingly tasty journey to the heartland of American BBQ. Get ready to conquer your kitchen with this drool-worthy recipe for instant pot St. Louis ribs. Picture tender, flavorful ribs slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce, in less than an hour. Yep, you heard that right. Welcome to the world of stress-free, finger-licking good cooking. Let’s do this!

Ingredients for Delicious St. Louis Ribs

  • Rack of st. louis-style pork ribs: Tender, meaty cut perfect for ribs, offering rich flavor and juicy texture when cooked to perfection.
  • Water: Essential for creating steam in the instant pot, helping to cook the ribs under pressure efficiently and effectively.
  • BBQ sauce: Adds a sweet, tangy, and smoky flavor to the ribs, creating a delicious glaze that enhances the overall taste.
  • Paprika: Infuses a warm, earthy flavor and a deep red color to the ribs, enhancing the overall visual appeal and taste.
  • Garlic powder: Provides a savory, aromatic flavor to the ribs, complementing the other seasonings and adding depth to the dish.

Essential Tools for Making Instant Pot Ribs

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking process by using high pressure and traps flavors for tender ribs.
  • Tongs: Essential for handling hot ribs safely and flipping them during cooking for even browning.

Instant Pot St. Louis Ribs Recipe: Juicy & Tender

This Instant Pot St. Louis Ribs Recipe delivers juicy and tender ribs in a fraction of the time it would take using traditional methods. Perfect for a quick and delicious meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 450 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Trivet
  • Baking Sheet


Main Ingredients

  • 1 rack St. Louis-style pork ribs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce your favorite
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.
  • Season the ribs with paprika, garlic 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 and set it to high pressure for 25 minutes.
  • Once done, do a quick pressure release.
  • Brush the ribs with BBQ sauce.
  • Set the Instant Pot to broil and place the ribs on a baking sheet.
  • Broil for 5 minutes or until the sauce caramelizes.
  • Serve and enjoy!


For best results, let the ribs rest for a few minutes before serving.


Calories: 450kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 30gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 800mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Instant Pot, Ribs, St. Louis Ribs
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Prepping and Storing St. Louis Ribs for Later

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 ribs to cool completely after cooking.
  • Wrap the ribs tightly in foil or plastic wrap, then place them in a freezer-safe bag.
  • Label the bag with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw the ribs overnight in the refrigerator and then heat them in the oven or microwave until warmed.

St. Louis-style ribs are cut from spare ribs after the sternum bone is removed, resulting in a more rectangular shape that cooks more evenly.

Common Questions About Making Instant Pot St. Louis Ribs

How long does it take to cook st. louis ribs in the instant pot?
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 baby back ribs or spare ribs if you prefer.
Do I need to preheat the instant pot before cooking the ribs?
No, there is no need to preheat the instant pot for this recipe.
Can I skip the broiling step at the end?
You can skip the broiling step, but broiling helps caramelize the bbq sauce for added flavor.
How many servings does this recipe make?
This recipe typically serves 2-4 people, depending on portion sizes.

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