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Best Instant Pot Ribs

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Instant Pot Ribs are so tender they fall of the bone. The best part is that you can cook them start to finish in just a little over an hour.

Instant Pot Ribs RecipeWhen it comes to summer barbecues, I am always exciting for the BBQ Ribs. You see, I am a pork and beef girl at heart, and I just can’t say no to a delicious rack of ribs. These Instant Pot Ribs are so good, I honestly don’t think I will ever cook ribs any other way. Unless you have a smoker and you want to go all fancy, but if you are like me, and just want dinner to not take more than an hour, than I have the best Instant Pot Ribs recipe for you!

These ribs are so tender and juicy, they fall of the bone. They taste like they have been slowly cooked and smoked at a fancy North Carolina restaurant. Making them in the Instant Pot will save you so much time, as you only have to cook the ribs for 40 minutes. Covered in a sweet, spicy and flavorful homemade rub, and coated in a hickory brown sugar bbq sauce, you will lick your fingers clean!

Why cook ribs in the Instant Pot?

  • The cooking time is reduced by a lot in comparison to smoking, grilling or roasting them.
  • The results are fall of the bone tender ribs, that everyone can enjoy in just a little over an hour.
  • Minimum prep work for a great dinner!
Instant Pot Ribs Recipe

What you will need to make the Instant Pot Ribs Recipe?

  1. Instant Pot or any other Pressure Cooker
  2. Instant Pot Trivet Steamer Rack
  3. Ribs
  4. Water
  5. Spices for the dry rub
  6. BBQ Sauce – I used store-bought Hickory Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

How long do you coon ribs in the Instant Pot?

The cooking time is reduced a lot, you cook them on high pressure for 40 minutes with a Natural Release of 15 minutes. If you take into consideration that time it takes for the pot to come to pressure, cook and broil the ribs, it takes about 90 minutes to make fall of the bone ribs from scratch.


What is the trivet for the instant pot?

A trivet is like a steamer baskets without feet and is can be used to keep food from touching the base of the cooker. This is the trivet that I have and used in this recipe.

How much liquid do you need in an Instant Pot?

For a 6 quart Instant Pot, about 1 cup is the minimum liquid amount and about 1 1/2 cups for Instance Pot DUO, unless you’re cooking something that will absorb water.

Instant Pot Ribs Recipe

What do you need to make the dry-rub for the ribs?

The dry rub is what will add flavor to the ribs. I absolutely love my homemade dry rub recipe, its perfectly balanced when it comes to sweet and spicy and also has some cinnamon and nutmeg that elevates the other flavors and just adds another layer  of something that you can’t really put a finger on, but you can taste its awesomenes. Here are all the spices that I have used:

What do you serve Instant Pot Ribs with?

Instant Pot Ribs Recipe
5 from 5 votes

Best Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Ribs are so tender they fall of the bone. The best part is that you can cook them start to finish in just a little over an hour.


Dry Rub:
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon dill seeds
Cooking the Ribs:
  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs about 2lbs each*
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 3 bay leaves optional
Homemade BBQ Sauce (optional):
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup preferably no sugar added
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika or smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce or more


Dry Rub:
  1. Add all the the dry rub ingredients in a medium bowl and using a fork whisk to combine.
  2. Dry the ribs with paper towels of excess liquid or blood.
  3. The ribs usually have a membrane on the back (the bony part of the ribs), remove it and discard it.
  4. Place the ribs on a cutting board, season generously with the dry rub on both sides and use your hand to rub it all over the ribs.
Cooking the Ribs:
  1. Add juice, apple cider and liquid smoke to the Instant Pot, stir to combine. Add bay leaves.

  2. Add a small legged trivet to the Instant Pot (optional, but I prefer to keep the ribs out of the liquid as much as possible).
  3. Place the ribs inside the Instant Pot, standing and pressing on the sides of the Instant Pot. If needed trim the ribs, also make sure you don't go over the Max fill line.
  4. Secure the Instant Pot lid, close and point the valve to Sealed.
  5. Cook on Manual, for 35 minutes on HP for thicker ribs if you want them to still have a slight pull when biting and be able to brown them on the grill or broil the rack without meat falling off the bone. You can do 40 minutes for extra tender, almost fall of the bone ribs.

  6. Once the Instant Pot beeps, do a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release. Unlock and remove the lid from the instant pot.
Homemade BBQ Sauce (optional):
  1. While the ribs are cooking prepare the BBQ sauce.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Stir and set aside.
  3. Or just use about 2 cups of store-bought BBQ sauce.
Broiling the ribs:
  1. Preheat oven on the Broiler setting.
  2. Carefully remove the ribs from the Instant Pot and place them onto a prepared baking sheet lined with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.
  3. Brush the ribs generously with either homemade BBQ sauce or store-bought BBQ sauce on both sides.
  4. Place under the broiler for about 6-10 minutes. Leave the light on, and keep a close eye on the ribs because they could burn quickly.
  5. Serve immediately with extra BBQ sauce.
Recipe Notes

Here is a step-by-step video of how to make the Instant Pot Ribs Recipe:

*I used a 6 quarts Instant Pot and the 3lbs baby back ribs rack are too large for it, use 2lbs baby baby ribs racks.

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19 comments on “Best Instant Pot Ribs”

  1. We certainly do love our ribs. Don’t always want to BBQ outdoors or use the oven. This would be perfect solution. 

  2. Wow, I can’t believe this is from an instant pot! The ribs look like the sauce is on perfectly and they even look browned in spots. Delicious!

  3. I have never tried ribs in my instant pot. It sounds amazing and I need to try this recipe SOON!

  4. These ribs look so tender and yummy. Would be perfect to make for 4th of July tomorrow. 

  5. I have an instant pot that I’ve never even used! I keep looking for the perfect recipe to try and this is it. We love grilled ribs and this would be perfect on days when we don’t have the time nor inclination to grill. They look absolutely delicious.

  6. I am drooling. These ribs look incredible. I’ll have to try them in the instant pot soon! We haven’t had ribs in a while.

  7. Ooo! I cannot wait to try this. I love that they are in the instant pot. That means when myhusband is away, I won’t have to wait for ribs!

  8. This looks so yummy and I am a Rib Girl at heart and I have an Instant Pot I bought last year in October and we haven’t ever used it so it looks like its time to get it out and Ribs is the perfect meal to Christian the post with.

  9. Now those ribs look like they would be right up my street and absolutely delicious! I really need to think about getting an instant pot!

  10. These ribs have me drooling at my computer! I need to get an instant pot so I can have some for myself.

  11. Okay, totally printing this recipe out for later (and sticking it on my fridge!). My husband loves ribs so this would be perfect for him!

  12. I’m so glad you shared this recipe! My mom and son love ribs, and she’s been looking for a way to make them in the Instant Pot. I’m going to bookmark this for her and grab her some ribs while I’m at the store today.

  13. I don’t have an instant pot yet.  It seems you can make just about anything in it.

  14. This is why I need an instant pot! These look to die for! I really need to get one so I can up my game in the kitchen.

  15. How long should I cook them in the PC if I don’t want them quite fall of the bone? We like to put them on the grill to get them crispy on the outside for just a few minutes. If they are fall of the bone tender, they would then get too done after cooking on the grill to brown.

    • After 35 minutes mine had a nice slight pull when you bite in, they were not falling of the bone. You can see in the video when I add the bbq sauce on top, they are not falling of the bone, so you can put them on the grill.

  16. Mmm these ribs look so good. I don’t have an instant pot but man, I really need to get one. Live your bbq sauce recipe too. 

  17. I’ve seen so many different recipes using the Instant Pot. I really wanna get one of these someday! This recipe sounds amazing!

  18. I think I’m one of the few people who doesn’t own an instant pot. These ribs do look really good though!

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