Now we know the die hard BBQ enthusiasts are going to skoff at this recipe but if you have a craving for ribs in the winter, this is the best way to get them. We suggest applying the dry rub the night before or in the morning but you can get away with doing it at least an hour before your going to cook for a last minute meal that tastes like you spent all day.
Honestly, we’ve made these ribs in the summer also. The meat falls off the bone as if they were on the grill for the entire day.
Make your own BBQ Sauce!
Make this recipe while the ribs are cooking, you won't regret it and it's easier than you think.
How long to cook ribs in the instant pot or pressure cooker:
- Baby Back Ribs: 25-30 Minutes
- Spare Ribs: 30-35 Minutes
The longer you cook them, the more “fall-off-the-bone tender they will be. If you want them tender, without falling off the bone, use a slightly lower cook time.
Any 6qt or larger Instant Pot will work!
Some ribs may still have the white, shiny membrane connective tissue on the back (bone side) of the ribs. Check to make sure the membrane on your ribs has been removed and if it hasn’t, follow these steps to remove it:
- Just flip the ribs so the top (meaty part) is face down.
- Slide your fingers or a butter knife under the membrane and rip it off.
- No special skills needed, just use your fingers to yank it up and off the ribs.
BBQ Ribs in the Instant Pot
- 1-2 racks pork ribs
- 1 oz Kansas City BBQ Rub (of Favorite Oil and Spice Company Rub)
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional*
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- Remove membranes from the back of ribs, if needed.
- Rubs seasonings over both sides of ribs.
- Wrap ribs in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 3 to 24 hours
- Place wire trivet rack in the bottom of the instant pot.
- Add water, apple juice and liquid smoke (optional, but recommended for that great smokey flavor).
- Place the ribs upright, with the meat side facing out. If you’re using one large rack of ribs, then circle them around the pot.
- Secure lid and close vent.
- Press “manual” or “pressure cook” and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes for Baby Back Ribs or 35 minutes for St Louis Spare ribs.
- When the timer beeps, allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 min, then turn the valve to quick release.
- Carefully remove ribs to a large, foil-lined baking sheet and slather them in BBQ sauce.
- Put ribs under a Broiler set to high for 5 to 10 minutes until desired caramelization of the BBQ sauce.