Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs

SUPER EASY Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs! These things are falling off the bone in just 25 minutes!

Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs are fall off the bone tender and only take 25 minutes to cook!

I'm seriously obsessed with how EASY these Instant Pot Baby Pork Ribs are to make! Just 25 minutes in the pressure cooker and dinner is done!pinterestInstant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs are rubbed down with seasonings then cooked to perfection and finished off under the broiler for the perfect texture.

You guys, I’m not even kidding when I say that these ribs are a game changer. A few years ago my husband bought a smoker so we could make some epic smoked meats, and it was my favorite way to enjoy ribs. Until now.

When making ribs, the first thing you want to do is remove the skin on the underside of the bones. Run a butter knife underneath the skin to loosen it.

I still love my husband’s ribs, but they would take HOURS in the smoker. I would have to wait ALL DAY to get a taste of that tender rib meat. That’s all changed with these Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs. Now I can have that tender, fall-off-the-bone goodness in just 25 minutes! Trust me, it’s true!

How To Make Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

  • The first thing you’ll want to do is remove the skin from bottom side of a rack of ribs. To do this, simply run a butter knife under the skin to loosen.

Grab a paper towel to get a better grip on the skin underneath the bones and pull to remove.

Grab a paper towel (so you can have a better grip) and pull that layer all the way off. It looks like it would be difficult, but trust me, it comes right off!

This dry rub that goes on these Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs is the key to getting the most flavor out of these pressure cooker ribs!

The BEST Pressure Cooker Rib Rub Recipe

The next thing to do is just rub down the rack of ribs with my husband’s signature spice rub! It’s a mixture of brown sugar, chili powder and a few other spices that will really make the flavor on these ribs pop!

The trick with these Instant Pot Ribs is to put the right kind of liquid in the bottom.

After you’ve rubbed both sides of the rack down, simply throw the whole rack into the pressure cooker.

Here’s the trick – Use your rack to keep the pork out of the liquid on the bottom. If you don’t have a rack, ball up some aluminum foil and try to make a rack of some sort to elevate the pork.

My next big tip to making these Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs – THE LIQUID!

  • Use one cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke

The liquid smoke is optional, but highly recommended. Remember how I said I loved my husband’s smoked ribs? Adding that tiny bit of liquid smoke gets that flavor in the ribs without pulling out the smoker or grill!

SUPER EASY Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs! These things are falling off the bone in just 25 minutes!

Once the ribs are done, you’ll let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then finish with a quick release. Carefully remove the ribs (you’ll want to try and grab the rack with some tongs going perpendicular to the bones) and set it on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Pressure Cooker Ribs

Brush the rack down with some BBQ sauce and pop it under the broiler for just 5 minutes to get nice and bubbly.

SUPER EASY Pressure Cooker Baby Back Pork Ribs! These things are falling off the bone in just 25 minutes!

The meat is so tender that the bones will just slip right out when gently pulled.

I’m not kidding, these are the best ribs EVER!!

My whole family LOVED these Instant Pot Ribs. I'm never going back to the traditional way of cooking these again!

I made these the other day for Memorial Day weekend (with my Mexican Grilled Corn) as a test, and they came out so good that before the week was over, I was making them again!

Fall off the bone tender! These Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs are SO GOOD!

Just think, you can have super tender baby back ribs ready to eat in less than 45 minutes from start to finish!

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Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs

These ultra tender Baby Back Pork Ribs are made in just minutes in the Instant Pot!

  • Author: Shawn Syphus | I Wash You Dry
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 rack of baby back pork ribs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp each: salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce


  1. Remove the lining from the bottom side of the ribs by running a butter knife under the skin and then using a paper towel to grip and remove completely.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, chili powder, parsley, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper in a small dish and rub all over the ribs.
  3. Place the rack in your pressure cooker and place the ribs inside the pot, standing on their side, wrapping around the inside of the pot. Pour in the water, apple cider and liquid smoke (if using), being careful to not wash off any of the seasonings.
  4. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed. Press the Meat button and set to 25 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest of the way.
  5. Carefully remove the ribs from the pressure cooker and set on a foil lined baking sheet. Brush down with your favorite BBQ sauce, and pop under the broiler for 5 minutes, but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn (some ovens are more hot than others). Enjoy!


You can double the recipe, by wrapping the second rack of ribs around the first. Just double the spices, but keep the same amount of liquid underneath.


  • Serving Size: 4


SUPER EASY Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs! These things are falling off the bone in just 25 minutes!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cook 2 racks of ribs at the same time?

Yes, you can cook two racks of ribs at the same time. Double the spice rub mixture and increase time by at least 5 to 10 minutes depending on how big the racks of ribs are.

Can I use frozen ribs?

This recipe works best with fresh ribs, as the frozen ribs would not hold the spice rub.

Will this recipe work in 3 quart or 6 quart Instant Pot?

I’ve tested this recipe in a 6 quart Instant Pot and it does works perfectly. I have never tried it in a 3 quart, but I’m sure it would work as long as you the ribs fit.

Can I use something other than Apple Cider Vinegar?

Yes! You can use regular apple juice, chicken broth, beef broth or just more water. It’s up to you!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
445 Responses
  1. L

    I’m an Instant Pot newbie. I’m making this right now. Just realized I hit the “pressure” button…..not the “meat” button as specified in the recipe. Hope that doesn’t make too big a difference in the outcome. Oops.

  2. Pamela West

    Made this recipe today and it was a hit! I did let the rub sit on the ribs for probably close to an hour. Not sure if that helped anything or not. But a very delicious recipe especially if you don’t want to spend all day smoking meat or for a bbq treat during the winter. I’m from Minnesota so yeah, it’s cold. Thank you!

  3. Becky

    Just curious – other instant pot recipes I have seen and used for ribs involve the ribs being nearly immersed in the liquid. This recipe specifically states to keep the meat out of the liquid. Is this just to try to imitate the effect of ribs done in a smoker or is there another reason?

  4. Mei

    My family loves this recipe. Even my husband who doesn’t like vinegar flavors said that this recipe is a keeper. The ribs came out beautiful. Thank you Shawn for sharing this recipe.

  5. Harry

    Cooked 2 racks of baby back ribs for 25 minutes using Farberware 7-1 pressure cooker. 1 cup apple juice, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. Store bought McCormick’s Pork rub. Meat easily fell off bones. Will try 20 minutes next time only because ribs were borderline difficult to transfer to broiler pan for bbq sauce. Excellent recipe.

  6. Michael

    Meh, I used this recipe as I wanted to experiment with my Instant Pot. I used a 2.7lb rack of baby back ribs. Here is my input:

    The cook time is too long. Less time in the Instant Pot and more time in the oven would have been a better call. Bake and then broil at the end.

    The dry rub is pretty bland. I have some other dry rub recipes that I will try next time.

    The liquid smoke did not invoke any smokiness in the ribs. Perhaps a bit mixed with mustard and rubbed into the ribs prior to adding the dry rub (mustard helps the dry rub stick to the ribs) might be a better call.

    They were fall-apart tender, but I like a little more snap to the ribs thus the reduction in cooking time to suit my taste is probably called for.

    Overall, not a terrible recipe, but in my case, following this exactly resulted in pretty bland ribs with no smokiness and a little too soggy for my taste.

  7. Rachel

    What can be used instead of chili powder? Not a fan in my house. Also I am looking to feed 7 adults and 4 kids. Can I cook enough ribs all at one time? How many racks would I need?

  8. Randy

    Made these tonight 1/1/19 and I must say I was quite impressed. They were very tasty and tinder except for the top portion of the rib which was ok but not as tinder as it should have been. I went by the 25 minute setting per the recipe but think I will try 40 minutes on the next set of ribs. I also used my own sauce recipe which is a modified version of “Grampa Dave’s Texas Chainsaw BBQ sauce” that I found on It was very good.

  9. Marilyn

    I made this exactly as written and it was really delicious. I guess the pressure cooker pulverized the fat on the ribs, they were mostly lean and very flavorable meat,. We had potato salad and previously cooked instant pot drunken pinto beans which had been frozen, definitely enough for leftovers

  10. Dyan

    I can’t believe I haven’t thanked you for this recipe yet. It’s wonderful and we make it a couple of times a month. Definately our favourite! Thanks!

  11. Lisa

    I love this recipe! I put the spice rub on and let it sit for at least half an hour. Then I cook for 35 minutes and it’s perfectly tender! A big hit in my home and I serve it with rice and Hawaiian mac salad. Thanks for the deliciousness!

  12. Caroline

    Hi Shawn, yesterday was my first time cooking the baby pork rib and the Mexican grilled corn and it was a big hit. Everyone loves it. Thanks for the recipes

  13. I haven’t tried it yet but its on my to do list,on keeping the meat out of the liquid they make a silicone rack that I use in my one pot its a egg ring and they also have a reg rack for on top of the reg rack that comes with the pot.They can be bought at bed bath beyond

  14. Heather

    These ribs are amazing! My husband is still a fan of ‘traditional’ ribs from the oven, but I loved how easy this recipe was.

  15. Holly A

    Great recipe! Followed it to the letter! Oh I forgot parsley, really not needed. Ours was a bit fatty due to the quality of the meat, and quite spicy because of the rub and the sweet and tangy sauce. But those weren’t any fault of the recipe. Fall off the bone goodness! This is definitely a keeper recipe on my Pinterest board.

  16. Cory G

    Can a can of coke or beer as the liquid? Did follow your recipe tonight brighten on the bbq grill – very tasty. Thanks for recipe.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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