Instant Pot Ribs

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These Instant Pot Ribs are so easy, fall off the bone tender and loaded with flavor! Throw on the grill for a few minutes or enjoy straight out of the pressure cooker with your favorite bbq sauce.

If you’re as much of an Instant Pot fanatic as I am, you might also enjoy this Instant Pot Lemon Garlic ChickenInstant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos, or this Instant Pot Pasta with Meatballs.

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Instant Pot Ribs

I have to warn you, once you make ribs in your Instant Pot it may be difficult to go back to doing them any other way.

The Instant Pot makes these ribs incredibly tender in record time, and that seasoning rub adds so much flavor even without any bbq sauce! They are sticky, smoky, savory perfection and all of your family and friends will be begging you for your secrets 😉

Feel free to mix up the rub ingredients, add a little more spice if you like or get a little crazy and improvise. You can also use different liquids to cook your ribs — any clear liquid is fine!

Chicken or beef broth, soda (root beer, Dr. Pepper, ginger ale, etc.), or even beer would work great in here — it really just depends on your tastes.

How to make Instant Pot Ribs:

  1. Trim the membrane from the back of your ribs — check out this video tutorial here.
  2. Combine your rub ingredients and liberally rub your ribs all over.
  3. Place 1 ½ cups of cooking liquid in the bottom of the Instant Pot and place the trivet inside.
  4. Place your ribs on top of the trivet, curling them around the outside edge of the pot to fit.
  5. Put the lid on and pressure cook until tender and juicy!
  6. Always let the pressure release naturally, then remove and either brush with bbq sauce and serve, or brush with bbq sauce and broil or grill for a few minutes for an authentic smoky flavor.

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What are the best ribs to use in this recipe:

This Instant Pot Ribs recipe is for pork ribs, but you can use either side ribs or back ribs in this recipe.

Side ribs are generally less tender (i.e., less desirable) and therefore less expensive. I often buy side ribs on sale, because with the right cooking techniques you can transform them into something amazing! With the Instant Pot, these ribs are going to be falling off the bone so I wouldn’t worry at all about using side ribs for this recipe.

Back ribs (baby back ribs) are more tender and have more meat on them, but they are also more expensive. You will cook both exactly the same, so choose whichever you like.

Perhaps you choose side ribs to enjoy on a regular basis, and upgrade to baby back ribs for a special occasion or when they’re on sale. Or maybe you live for ribs, and you’re going all out with baby back ribs every time! The choice is yours.

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Instant Pot Ribs

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These Instant Pot Ribs are so easy, fall off the bone tender and loaded with flavor! Throw on the grill for a few minutes or enjoy straight out of the pressure cooker with your favorite bbq sauce.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-3 lbs pork ribs side or back, 1 rack
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce


  • In a medium bowl, combine chili powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion power and black pepper.
  • Remove membrane on back of ribs and rub all over with spice rub.
  • Place trivet in Instant Pot and add apple juice to the bottom of the pot.
  • Curl the rack of rubs around the outside of the Instant Pot on top of the trivet.
  • Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook for 25 minutes.
  • Once the cook time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10-15 minutes. Open the valve and carefully remove the trivet with the ribs on top.
  • Either brush with barbecue sauce and serve as is, or brush with barbecue sauce and grill or broil for 5-10 minutes before serving.


Serves: 4

Calories444kcal (22%)Carbohydrates30g (10%)Protein28g (56%)Fat24g (37%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Cholesterol99mg (33%)Sodium521mg (22%)Potassium568mg (16%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar24g (27%)Vitamin A555IU (11%)Vitamin C1.1mg (1%)Calcium68mg (7%)Iron1.7mg (9%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot ribs
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