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Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Ribs is a game-changer!


For dry rub:

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

For ribs:

  • 1-2 racks baby back ribs, or St. Louis style ribs
  • 1 cup water, or apple cider, or apple juice, or even beer
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce


  • To make the dry rub, combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • To prepare the ribs, remove the thin skin (membrane) on the back of the ribs. You may need to use a small sharp knife to pry on the corner, then pull the skin to peel it off.
  • Generously rub the ribs with prepared dry rub on both sides, patting the spices well into the meat.
  • To cook the ribs, place a rack in your Instant Pot. Pour water, apple cider vinegar  and liquid smoke, if using. (You can use all water if you want to.)
  • Place the ribs in the pot, curling it around the sides of the pot.
  • Close the lids, make sure the valve is set to sealing. And set the Instant Pot to Meat/Stew (or Manual) setting for 25 minutes. (It took 15 minutes for the pot to come to pressure.)
  • Let stand for 10 minutes to naturally release the pressure, and then turn the valve to vent to quick release the remaining pressure. Carefully open the lid.
  • Using a set of kitchen tongs, carefully remove the meat onto a baking sheet, lined with an aluminum foil.
  • Generously brush on your favorite BBQ sauce on both sides.
  • To finish on the grill, preheat the grill to medium-high heat, and lightly oil grates using a paper towel soaked in oil. Grill the ribs until nice and crispy, about 10 minutes, turning it over half-way through.
  • To finish in the oven, preheat the broiler. Broil for 5-7 minutes, watching carefully not to burn.
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You can cook 2 racks of baby back ribs in 6 or 8qt Instant Pot without doubling the liquid amount. Also my dry rub recipe makes generous amount, so it's enough for 2 racks.
Make-Ahead: You can cook the ribs in Instant Pot a day in advance. Store in the fridge, bring it out on the counter about an hour before cooking to bring it to room temperature. Brush on BBQ sauce and finish it on the grill or in the oven.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 322kcal, Carbohydrates: 58.8g, Protein: 9.2g, Fat: 5.8g, Cholesterol: 12.3mg, Sodium: 1996.9mg, Sugar: 40.2g
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