The Best Fall-Off-The-Bone Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
These instant ribs (pressure cooker ribs) are irresistibly tasty, falling out of the tender bone and cooking in about 30 minutes! These Instant Pot Baby Back ribs are seasoned with a simple dry massage and then covered with a delicious barbecue sauce.
Pot Rib Recipe
If I had to choose a single food for high-pressure cooking in an instant pot, it would be a rib rack! Whether you choose spare ribs, baby ribs, St. Louis-style ribs, short ribs, or any other type of ribs, pressure cooking ensures the most tender ribs in a fraction of the time it takes to cook them with other methods.
For years, I’ve relied on a more traditional rib recipe with incredibly delicious results. My ribs in the oven are always a huge hit and the smoked homemade peach barbecue sauce that suffocates them is definitely my favorite BBQ sauce.
However, when I want to make good and super cute pork ribs to lick your fingers in record time without having to keep an eye on them, this instant pot recipe always offers the best ribs. And in case you doubt it, we have plenty of great reviews to prove it.
Instant Pot Ribs Ingredients and Substitutions
- Pork Ribs: Choose your favorite type of ribs. Fleshy ribs are one of my favorite ribs and are always a big hit. St. Louis-style ribs and spare ribs may be used, although cooking times may need to be adjusted.
- Apple juice: This recipe uses apple juice as the cooking liquid that imparts flavor to the meat. If apple juice is not available, you can use pineapple juice or broth with a few drops of liquid smoke.
- Apple cider vinegar: Substitute this ingredient with white wine vinegar or rice vinegar.
- Spice Rub: Brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt.
- BBQ Sauce: Start with your favorite BBQ sauce and add ketchup, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and rib cooking liquid to add extra flavor.
How are the ribs cooked in the instant pot?
- Remove the thin membrane from the bottom of the ribs. Dry the ribs with a few sheets of paper towel.
- Season the rib racks with the spice mixture. Applying it both on the bone and on the side of the meat.
- Place a trivet or rack at the bottom of the instant pot to lift the ribs so they don’t stay in the cooking liquid. Pour the juice.
- Place the seasoned ribs on top of the trivet, standing and wrapping the pot. You can also cut the rib slab into 3 – 4 pieces (depending on the size of the slab), so that they fit comfortably in the instant pot.
- Close the lid, seal the pot, and cook under high pressure for about 23 minutes.
- While the ribs are cooking under pressure, make the homemade BBQ sauce.
- After the cooking cycle is over, allow 5 minutes of natural release, then release the remaining pressure.
- Remove the ribs from the pressure cooker and place them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Brush the rib generously with the BBQ sauce.
- Place under the grill for about 5 minutes or until the top is bubbly and slightly charred.
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the Frozen instant pot?
When cooking frozen ribs in the pressure cooker, you need to remember that the spice mixture will not stick to the ribs unless you season the racks before freezing. Also, cutting the ribs into smaller pieces (about 3-4 ribs each) will help by placing the ribs inside the pressure cooker.
When cooking frozen ribs, add an additional 5 to 7 minutes of cooking time than the fresh ribs recipe requires.
What kind of ribs should I cook in the instant pot?
Choose your favorite type of ribs. Baby rib racks will cook, as well as spare ribs or St. Louis-style ribs, though you may need to increase cooking time for meatier types.
- Baby Back Ribs: Also known as loin ribs, back ribs and back ribs. The ribs of the baby’s back are called “baby” because they are shorter than other types of ribs. They are the leanest and most tender ribs.
- Spare ribs: Also known as side ribs. Due to the marbling (more fat between the muscle fibers) these ribs are succulent and have a richer, meatier taste. They usually have more flesh between the bones than at the top.
- St. Louis Style Ribs: Also known as Kansas City Court. These ribs are the same as spare ribs, but with the tips cut off, which makes them slightly shorter than spare ribs.
How long does it take
to pressure cook the ribs?
How long to cook
baby ribs in the instant pot?
Cook baby ribs in the high-pressure instant pot for 23 to 25 minutes (depending on how fleshy the rack is) with a natural pressure release of 5 minutes. For baby’s frozen ribs, pressure cook over high heat for 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of npr.
How long to cook spare ribs in the instant pot?
Cook the ribs in the high-pressure instant pot for 30 to 35 minutes (depending on how fleshy the rack is) with a natural pressure release of 20 minutes. This step is important to ensure very sensitive ribs. For frozen ribs, pressure cook over high heat for 42 minutes followed by 20 minutes of npr.
How long to cook St. Louis-style ribs?
Cook the St. Louis-style ribs in the high-pressure instant pot for 30 to 35 minutes (depending on how fleshy the rack is) with a natural pressure release of 20 minutes. This step is important to ensure very sensitive ribs. For frozen ribs, pressure cook over high heat for 42 minutes followed by 20 minutes of npr.
Broiling Ribs vs Not Broiling Broiling
is an extra step that adds extra flavor and ensures beautiful golden ribs like those cooked on a grill or smoker. The ribs are fully cooked when the instant cooking cycle of the pot is performed. Roasting is only an optional step.
What size instant pot do I need to cook ribs?
To make this recipe for pork ribs, you will need an instant pot of 6 quarts or more.
Can I duplicate this BBQ rib recipe?
Yes, this simple instant rib recipe can be doubled. You can cook 2 slabs of ribs at once. You will need to double the ingredients for the spice mixture, but you can use the same amount of cooking liquid. Cook the 2 racks for an additional 8 minutes to ensure sensitivity when falling out of the bone.
Why are my ribs hard in the instant pot?
Instant Pot ribs are usually hard and chewy if not cooked long enough. If your ribs are hard, reseal the pot and cook under high pressure for an additional 5 minutes. Another reason for hard ribs is not to remove the membrane from the back of the rib bones.
How do you know when baby’s back ribs are made?
According to the USDA, ribs are performed when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit when checked with an instant-reading thermometer. You can also tell when the ribs are made because the rib meat is removed and exposes about half an inch of the rib bone.
Can these instant pot ribs be made in advance?
yes. You can make Instant Pot ribs ahead of time. Cook the ribs under pressure up to 2 days before. Cool thoroughly and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When they are ready to eat, brush them with the BBQ sauce and heat them in a preheated oven to 350 degrees until hot. Brush again generously with the BBQ sauce, and place them under the grill for about 5 minutes or until slightly charred.
What can I serve with Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
Here are some ideas
- Cilantro and Lime Cabbage
- Best Lentil Salad
- Citrus salad with basil vinaigrette How to
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remove the thin membrane from the back of the ribs
? To remove the membrane from the back of the ribs,
do the following:
- Place the fleshy ribs down.
- Use a knife to release a corner
- Lift the loose part of the membrane and with a paper towel pull it up.
of the membrane.