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Instant Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe

The Instant Pot BBQ Ribs recipe comes out completely tender with the perfect texture for picking up and eating with your hands, with just the right amount sauce on them.

Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

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Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

The Instant Pot is essentially a decked-out electric multi-cooker. It’s not new on the market. However, its recently taken the cooking world by storm. You can cook almost anything in an Instant Pot. That’s the beauty of it!

instant pot spare ribs

If you’ve been afraid to use a pressure cooker, up until now, this pot changes everything. It easily replaces your pressure cooker, crock pot, rice cooker, favorite sauté pan, yogurt maker and more! The Instant Pot BBQ Ribs recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, and Mealthy MultiPot.

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Pressure-cooking the ribs in an instant pot makes them completely tender, the perfect texture for picking up and eating with your hands, with just the right amount sauce on them. 

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Ingredients:

  • 1 rack of baby back pork ribs with membrane removed (2.5 to 3 pounds)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce (whichever is your favorite is fine)

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What Can I use Instead of apple cider vinegar?

In the past I have substituted Dr. Pepper, Coke, Apple juice, and one time even beer. The taste does not really change that much, so don’t be worried about that. Use whatever you have on hand if you forgot the apple cider vinegar.

What is the Membrane?

The membrane is the white filmy stuff on the back of the baby back ribs. I have seen many people leave it on, including restaurants. I prefer to remove it beforehand because it makes them easier to cut and eat. Really I think it’s a personal preference. I use a paper towel to grab it while holding the ribs with the other hand. It can be a little hard to pull off sometimes, but I just work at it and it’s off in about a minute. 

remove ribs membrane

How to Make the BEST Instant Pot Ribs!

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, union powder, paprika, ground mustard, and cayenne.

bbq rib spices

Rub mixture over both sides of ribs.

rub spices over ribs

Place the trivet in the Instant Pot and add water and apple cider vinegar. Turn the ribs on their side and make them form a circle, then place them in the instant pot.

place ribs in instant pot

Secure the lid and close the vent. Set the Instant Pot on pressure cook for 30 – 35 minutes. Do a natural release for 10 minutes, the quick release the remaining pressure. Carefully place the ribs on a baking sheet and cover with BBQ sauce.

cover ribs with bbq sauce

Place under the broiler in the oven for five minutes or until sauce begins to bubble. Enjoy!

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What if I don’t have an oven for Broiling?

This you might think sounds like a dumb question. Because of course everyone has an oven! Nope! We are full time RVers and our motorhome did not in fact come with an oven. 

Grill – But have no fear because there are other ways to finish them up once you smother them in BBQ sauce. You can place them on the grill, outside of course. Cover and leave them on the grill for approximately 10-15 minutes in order to bake the BBQ sauce into them a bit. They will taste just as good. 

Toaster Oven – I have a small toaster oven and while it doesn’t fit very much, I can cut the ribs into pieces and broil them individually. It might take longer but gets the job done.

Air Fryer – If you have a Ninja Foodie or other Air Fryer, pop them in the basket and turn it on for a few minutes on 400 degrees. 

Any of of these will work. However, broiling isn’t mandatory. It gives it a nice a crust but doesn’t need to be done. If you don’t have a way to broil, don’t stress over it. Just smother them with BBQ sauce and eat to your hearts content! Enjoy!

instant pot bbq ribs recipe

Yield: 4

Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

instant pot spare ribs

The Instant Pot BBQ Ribs recipe comes out completely tender with the perfect texture for picking up and eating with your hands, with just the right amount sauce on them. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 rack of baby back pork ribs with membrane removed (2.5 to 3 pounds)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce (whichever is your favorite is fine)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, union powder, paprika, ground mustard, and cayenne. Rub mixture over both sides of ribs.
  2. Place the trivet in the Instant Pot and add water and apple cider vinegar.
  3. Turn the ribs on their side and make them form a circle, then place them in the instant pot.
  4. Secure the lid and close the vent. Set the Instant Pot on pressure cook for 30 minutes.
  5. Do a natural release for 10 minutes, the quick release the remaining pressure.
  6. Carefully place the ribs on a baking sheet and cover with BBQ sauce.
  7. Place under the broiler in the oven for five minutes or until sauce begins to bubble.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 749mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g

Nutrition may vary depending on the products used.

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