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Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

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Ready for finger-lickin’ good ribs without the wait? Dive into our Instant Pot BBQ Ribs – easy, quick, and packed with smoky flavor. It’s BBQ perfection in a fraction of the time. Let’s get cooking and enjoy baby back ribs that fall right off the bone! These Pork ribs are mouthwatering and good!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This is one of my favorite BBQ rib recipes, and here’s why:

  • Bursting With Flavor. Instead of just slapping on some BBQ sauce, you are making your own rub for the ribs which is packed with a sweet and savory flavor.
  • Simple Ingredients. You won’t have to search high and low for the ingredients needed for Pork ribs. In fact, you probably already have most of them.
  • So Easy To Make. This recipe makes your cooked ribs so tender that they literally fall off the bone, but you won’t do much work to get them that way!
Instant Pot BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients needed for pressure cooker ribs:

  • Baby back ribs: The main ingredient, known for their tender, juicy meat when cooked in the Instant Pot.
  • Brown sugar: Adds sweetness to the cooked ribs, creating a beautiful caramelized crust when cooked.
  • Vinegar: Balances out the sweetness with its acidity, adding a tangy flavor to the pork ribs.
  • Seasonings: Enhances the overall taste of the Instant Pot ribs, providing depth and complexity to the flavor profile.
Baby Back Ribs Ingredients

How To Make Instant Pot BBQ Baby Back Ribs?

You’ll have dinner on the table in a jiffy by following these simple steps!

Step One: Remove The Membrane

Peel the membrane off the back of the ribs (instructions below)

Step Two: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and pepper.

dry ingredients

Step Three: Massage The Rub On the Baby Back Ribs

Next, massage the rub to the top layer of your ribs.

dry rub

Step Four: Add Apple Cider Vinegar

Pour your apple cider mixture to the bottom of your Instant Pot. Place the trivet inside. Then, put your ribs inside the Instant Pot.

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Step Five: Pressure Cook

Close the lid on your Instant Pot and close the sealing valve. Then, hit manual or pressure cook and set the time for 20 minutes.

Step Six: Natural Release

Once your instant pot is done cooking, allow it to naturally release for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, manually released by opening the sealing valve and releasing the pressure.

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Step Seven: Add BBQ Sauce

Remove your ribs to a cookie sheet. Add your desired amount of barbecue sauce to the top of the ribs over the rub.

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Step Eight: Broil Baby Back Ribs in the Oven

To crisp up your ribs, broil them in the oven for about five minutes, or until your barbecue sauce is bubbly.

Instant Pot BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Step Nine: Let Cool

Allow the ribs to cool for a couple more minutes, cut into sections, and enjoy! You can top it with more barbecue sauce if you like.

Step Ten: Serve & Enjoy

Serve and Enjoy!

Instant Pot BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Cooking Tips

If you want your ribs cooked perfectly try these expert tips:

  • Prep: Before starting to cook, gather and prep all your ingredients. This ensures a smoother cooking process and helps prevent any last-minute scrambling.
  • Taste as You Go: Taste your food at different stages of cooking and adjust seasoning as needed. This allows you to build layers of flavor and ensures the final dish meets your taste preferences.
  • Resting Time Matters: Allow meat to rest after cooking to retain its juices. Resting helps redistribute the juices, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful dish.

Substitutions

  • Onion Powder: You may switch out the garlic powder for onion powder.
  • Liquid Smoke: liquid smoke can be used instead of apple cider vinegar for a smoked ribs taste.
  • Homemade BBQ Sauce: Whether making pork spare ribs or baby back ribs you’re cooked ribs will taste delicious with your own BBQ sauce recipe.
  • Chili Powder: To spice it up add chili powder or chili pepper flakes to your rib recipe.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Store: Allow BBQ baby back ribs and sides to cool, then refrigerate in airtight containers for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: For longer storage, freeze individually wrapped or in airtight containers, labeling with the date, for up to 2-3 months.
  • Thaw & Reheat: From the freezer, thaw overnight in the fridge, then reheat in the oven (20-30 minutes), adjusting time as needed.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

Not sure what to make with these delicious Instant Pot BBQ baby back ribs? Here are a few of my favorite sides:

  • Tasty Summer Broccoli Salad: Fresh broccoli, vibrant veggies, and a zesty dressing create a refreshing side that pairs perfectly with BBQ baby back ribs.
  • Cheesy Loaded Hasselback Potatoes: Golden-brown and crispy hasselback potatoes, loaded with melted cheese and savory goodness, add a hearty touch to your BBQ ribs.
  • Instant Pot Potato Salad: Creamy potatoes, tangy dressing, and a medley of textures make this Instant Pot Potato Salad a quick and tasty companion for your BBQ feast.
  • Instant Pot Corn on the Cob: Sweet and juicy corn on the cob, cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot, brings a taste of summer that complements the savory BBQ flavors.

FAQ’S

How Do I Remove the Membrane?

Removing the membrane is important because it allows the pressure to really permeate the meat and tenderize it. It also allows the seasonings to penetrate the meat. Not to mention the membrane is chewy and not at all easy to eat.

Follow the steps to remove your membrane:

Flip the ribs over so you see the bone side.
Look for a silvery or whitish dense skin.
At one end of the ribs, slide a dinner knife under the membrane and over a bone.
Then, lift and loosen it until it tears.
Next, grab the edge of it and tear it all off.
The membrane may come off in one whole piece, or you may have to pull it off in smaller pieces.

Can I Crisp It Up On The Grill?

Absolutely! In fact, I prefer to cook them over the grill for a few minutes on each side as opposed to using the broiler. Not only does it keep your house cooler, but I think it adds a better flavor and crisp to the BBQ baby back ribs.

What BBQ Sauce Do I Use?

Since this recipe already has a brown sugar rub on it, I would recommend using a sweet BBQ sauce such as:

Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Sauce
Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory and Brown Sugar
Famous Dave’s Sweet and Zesty
Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce

Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

Yield: 4-8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Instant Pot BBQ Ribs recipe is simple with step by step instructions

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Peel the membrane off the back of the ribs.
  2. In a small bowl mix together all of your dry ingredients to make your rub.
  3. Massage the dry ingredients to the top layer of your ribs.
  4. Pour your apple cider mixture to the bottom of your instant pot. Place the trigger inside. Place your ribs inside the instant pot.
  5. Close the lid on your instant pot and close the sealing valve. Push the manual or pressure cook button and set the time for 20 minutes.
  6. Once your instant pot is done cooking, allow it to naturally release for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, manually released by opening the sealing valve and releasing the pressure.
  7. Remove your ribs to a cookie sheet. Add your desired amount of barbecue sauce to the top of the ribs over the rub.
  8. Broil them in the oven for about five minutes, or until your barbecue sauce is bubbly.
  9. Allow the ribs to cool for a couple more minutes, cut into sections, and enjoy! You can top it with more barbecue sauce if you like.

Notes

Allow meat to rest after cooking to retain its juices. Resting helps redistribute the juices, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful dish.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 543mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 24g

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