Delicious & Juicy Instant Pot Ribs Recipe

Oh lo and behold, dear reader, for I have brought to thee a recipe for the ages – Instant Pot Ribs! It shall be my great honor to share with you this delectable dish that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Ribs have long been a staple of barbecue across the world, but imagine if thou could bring forth such mouth-watering ribs in just 25 minutes? ‘Tis not a dream, dear readers, but a reality with the Instant Pot Ribs recipe.

When one mentions ribs, thou might think of long hours spent cooking meat over an open flame or pit. However, with the help of our trusty pressure cooker and a variety of carefully chosen ingredients, we can create something entirely new: flavorful, fall-off-the-bone-tender baby back pork ribs in just under half an hour.

Fear not for thy wallets either! The Instant Pot Ribs recipe is cost efficient and easy to prepare. Not to mention that it can allow you to spend more time enjoying the company of those around thee rather than slaving away at the grill. So gather your friends and family and let us embark on a culinary journey together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Instant Pot Ribs
Instant Pot Ribs

Hark! Listen closely, for I have a tale to tell. A tale of wonder and delight, filled with a feast fit for a king or queen. I speak of none other but the Instant Pot Ribs Recipe. This delectable dish is a feast for the senses, combining succulent pork ribs with a tangy barbecue sauce that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

Why will you love this recipe, you ask? Let me count the ways. First and foremost, it is incredibly easy to make. In mere minutes, you can have fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs that will leave your guests utterly amazed at your culinary skills. Simply place the ribs in the Instant Pot, pressure cook them for 25 minutes, and voila! The perfect ribs are ready to serve.

Secondly, this recipe is versatile and can be easily customized to suit your tastes. Whether you prefer sweet or spicy barbecue sauce, or like to experiment with different flavors and seasonings, this recipe can accommodate all your cravings.

Thirdly, the high-pressure cooking method used in this recipe ensures that the ribs are cooked to perfection every time. No more tough or chewy ribs that require hours of slow-cooking on the grill or oven. With the Instant Pot Ribs Recipe, you can have tender and juicy ribs in just half an hour.

Lastly, this recipe is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or simply craving some delicious pork ribs for dinner, this recipe is sure to please everyone’s palate.

So what are you waiting for? Try the Instant Pot Ribs Recipe today and treat yourself and your loved ones to a meal that they will never forget.

Ingredient List

 Fall-off-the-bone Instant Pot Ribs
Fall-off-the-bone Instant Pot Ribs

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this sumptuous instant pot ribs recipe:

  • 2 racks of baby back pork ribs (cut into 3 pieces for each rack)
  • 1 cup of barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of apple juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional ingredients:

  • Country-style ribs, beef short ribs, boneless pork rib, or boneless ribs
  • Beef ribs (if you prefer beef over pork)
  • Braised short rib (if you don’t have baby back ribs)
  • BBQ sauce (use any brand that you like)

The Recipe How-To

 Sticky, sweet, and savory ribs in under an hour
Sticky, sweet, and savory ribs in under an hour

Now that you have all the necessary ingredients, we can dive into the exciting parts of cooking ribs in an instant pot.

Step One: Preparing the Instant Pot

Firstly, ensure that your Instant Pot is cleaned and ready for use. Pour in 1 cup of water at the bottom of the pot. For added flavors, apple juice could be used instead to impart more sweet undertones to your ribs.

Step Two: Season and Place Ribs

Next, take your preferred barbecue sauce and coat both sides of your ribs generously with it. Ensure that all the ribs are evenly coated for maximum flavor. Place your ribs bone side facing outwards, then secure the lid set to sealing position.

Step Three: Cooking

Set your Instant Pot to “High Pressure Cook” mode and adjust the time for 23 minutes. The Instant Pot will take around 10 minutes to preheat. Once it’s preheated, the timer will begin its countdown. Then allow a natural release of pressure for at least 10 minutes once the cooking has finished.

Step Four: Finishing Touches

Carefully remove the lid from the Instant Pot. With tongs lift out each of the ribs from the pot and place them onto a baking tray lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Apply extra BBQ sauce atop each rib before placing them in a preheated broiler for up to 5 minutes, just long enough for them to caramelize.

After following these four steps, your instant pot baby back ribs should come out perfectly tender juicy with just enough smoky-sweet flavor in every bite.

Substitutions and Variations

 The secret to tender and juicy ribs without a grill
The secret to tender and juicy ribs without a grill

“My good fellows, one should never let limitations hinder the progress towards a delicious meal. Fear not, for there are substitutions and alterations aplenty!”

For those who crave a little variety or may not have all the ingredients needed on hand, substitutions and variations can make for a delicious and easy instant pot ribs recipe.

Firstly, let us take a look at the meat. Although pork baby back ribs are recommended in this recipe, feel free to use any type of rib you prefer. Beef short ribs or country-style ribs can be used as well, as long as cooking time is adjusted accordingly.

If barbecue sauce does not tickle your fancy, try using honey garlic sauce or even hoisin sauce instead. In addition, apple juice can be replaced with your favourite alternative like cranberry juice or beer. Add a dash of spices such as paprika or chili powder for additional flavor.

Looking for a low-carb option? Replace sugar with sweeteners like maple syrup or stevia to reduce carb intake. Boneless pork ribs are also a great substitute for those looking to avoid bones.

Do not forget to experiment with side dishes and toppings! Serve these delicious instant pot ribs with coleslaw or roasted vegetables. Slicing green onions and red jalapenos to sprinkle atop adds an extra kick of flavour.

Fear not my friends, let your creativity reach new heights by exploring substitutions and variations in this instant pot ribs recipe. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 Mouthwatering aroma filling up my kitchen
Mouthwatering aroma filling up my kitchen

Friends, what a vision of wonder and delight we have before us. Our Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs are now fully cooked and ready for your enjoyment. But before we feast, let’s consider how to best serve and pair these succulent ribs.

First and foremost, I recommend serving these ribs hot and fresh from the Instant Pot. The longer they sit, the tougher they become, and that would be a tragedy worthy of the stage. So gather your guests around and get ready to dig in!

When it comes to side dishes, I suggest keeping things simple yet flavorful. A crisp salad with a bright vinaigrette would provide the perfect contrast to the rich, smoky flavors of the ribs. A classic macaroni and cheese, filled with oozy, melty goodness would be another excellent choice. In Shakespeare’s words “the play’s the thing”, but in this case, “the sides are the thing” that will help to elevate this meal into something truly memorable.

And let us not forget about beverages! A bold red wine would make an excellent pairing for these ribs, or your favorite local beer, whether lager or ale will do just as well. And for those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, a glass of iced tea or freshly squeezed lemonade make a refreshing choice.

So there you have it, my friends. Our Instant Pot Ribs Recipe pairs perfectly with simple side dishes and a wide variety of beverages. Get creative in the kitchen regarding pairing with an impassioned soul like Shakespeare himself!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect weeknight dinner for meat lovers
The perfect weeknight dinner for meat lovers

Ah, dear cooks, a most pressing question wends its way into our kitchens: what shall we do with the Instant Pot ribs that we can’t devour immediately? Fret not! Here are my humble suggestions for making ahead, storing, and reheating these beloved ribs.

Firstly, to make ahead for a future feast, after pressure cooking the ribs, allow them to cool completely, then cover the pot and refrigerate them until needed. Before serving, simply brush extra sauce over the ribs and either bake or broil in your oven until heated through.

Secondly, for those occasions when the Instant Pot makes too much for you to consume all at once, store any remaining ribs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Be sure to check upon them from time to time, and discard if they start to smell questionable.

Finally, preventing toughening of those beloved ribs demands careful attention during reheating. To reheat cooled cooked ribs successfully, select your preferred heating method: Bake in a 375°F preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or microwave on a plate covered with a damp paper towel for about 2-3 minutes per serving. The key is slow and steady heat application while covering the meat to seal in moisture will ensure its tenderness once again.

May these tips enable you to savor every drop of finger-licking goodness from these Instant Pot ribs. Happy cooking!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The ultimate comfort food for a cozy night in
The ultimate comfort food for a cozy night in

Lend me your ears, fair cooks! For today, I shall impart to thee some tips that will surely aid you in your journey of making the perfect instant pot ribs recipe. Fear not, for these tips are as easy as falling off a log!

First off, it is important to choose the right cut of meat. Baby back ribs and pork ribs are the best options for this recipe. Other cuts such as beef short ribs, country-style ribs, and boneless pork ribs may require adjustments in cooking time and ingredient amounts.

Next up, remember to always use enough liquid in the instant pot. A cup of water or apple juice can be added to the bottom of the pot before placing the ribs on top of the trivet. This will ensure that there is enough steam to create the pressure needed for tenderizing the meat.

When it comes to seasoning, use your favorite barbecue sauce or homemade sauce to add flavor to the meat. Make sure to pour it over the top of the ribs before cooking for enhanced flavor.

Additionally, secure the lid properly before starting the cooking process. This ensures that no air escapes during cooking, which can affect how well the meat becomes tender. Once cooking is done, allow natural release instead of performing a quick release if you want your ribs to remain fall-off-the-bone tender.

Lastly, remember that practice makes perfect! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of this recipe until you find the one that suits your taste buds best. With these tips in hand, I have no doubt that you’ll be able to whip up a batch of perfect, succulent instant pot ribs in no time!


Hark! Verily, there are oft quires and queries that doth arise when one engageth in the practice of cookery. Thus, I shall provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about this Instant Pot Ribs Recipe, in hopes that it may be of aid to thee in thy culinary endeavors.

Why are my ribs tough in Instant Pot?

When preparing ribs using an instant pot, ensure that they are cut into properly-sized pieces to allow for thorough cooking. Failure to do so may result in tough ribs. Another crucial element is to allow the instant pot to naturally vent any excess steam, as this ensures perfect tenderness.

How much liquid do you put in the ribs in an Instant Pot?

When using an Instant Pot to pressure cook ribs, it’s important to have at least 1 cup of liquid in the pot. To ensure this, pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the pot before adding the ribs.

Are ribs better in the oven or Instant Pot?

When it comes to preparing ribs, my personal experience has shown that slow cooking works best to produce the juiciest, tenderest meat. Baked ribs also yield similar results, but not quite as succulent as those made in a slow cooker. As for Instant Pot ribs, they are still fairly flavorful but noticeably tougher than the other methods. However, the Instant Pot can be a great time saver when you’re short on cooking time.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Instant Pot Ribs Recipe is the perfect choice for anyone who loves savory and tender ribs in a short period of time. With only 25 minutes of cooking time, you can have restaurant-quality baby back pork ribs that fall off the bone and melt in your mouth.

The convenience of using an Instant Pot or pressure cooker makes this recipe easy, and the results are simply delicious. You can switch it up by using country style, boneless pork rib, beef short rib or braised short, even beef ribs.

So whether you’re looking for an easy dinner option that tastes amazing or want to impress your friends at your next barbecue with the best BBQ ribs they’ve ever had, this Instant Pot Ribs Recipe is the way to go.

Don’t forget to serve with your favorite barbecue sauce, and pair it with a refreshing side dish like Coleslaw, cornbread or baked beans.

So why not try this recipe today? Trust me; once you make these ribs, they will become a staple in your family’s recipe repertoire!

Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Ribs Recipe

Fall off the bone tender.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • pork ribs, seasoned
  • 1 cup water
  • barbecue sauce


  • Place seasoned ribs in the bowl of the instant pot.
  • Pour water (or broth) over top.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 1 hour.
  • Allow the ribs to release pressure naturally.
  • Remove the ribs and mix with BBQ sauce.
  • If desired, cook for 5 minutes longer on high pressure.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 29gSodium: 0.9mg
Keyword < 4 Hours, Easy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Meat, Pork, Very Low Carbs
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