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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Serves 4

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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!

10 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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!

Notes

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.

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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!

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.
376 Responses
  1. Mary
    Made these last night. Can I just say my hubs and I love you and your hubby! Such fabulous seasoning, directions clear and on point...our ribs literally fell off the bone and were so tender! I did start these and then went for a nap so they were on warm for a bit, but OMG! Soooooo gooood! xoxo
  2. marina
    what is the size of the pot you use? How many quarts? I did the Ribs they were amazing!! I'm trying to do the other recipes, but I'm not sure if they are for all types of Instant Pot. than you!!!
  3. Cari
    There are amazing! I have to cook mine for 35 minutes though. Did the 25 minutes once and they were tough. My husband has not made me the official rib cooker in the house. Love that I can cook ribs after work on a weekday!!!
  4. Jennifer
    Trying to pick these up to eat them is a joke. They came out so tender that I had to use a fork...no knife was needed!! Perfect seasoning and cooking times! I did add in a little smoked Hungarian paprika that I forgot I had in the freezer from Penzy’s, but I prefer a bit more heat. I will definitely be making these again very soon! Thank you so much for the recipe!!!
  5. Jackie
    These did not work well in my pressure cooker. Great recipe, though. I double wrapped the ribs in heavy duty foil & baked them @ 400 for 2 hrs. Perfect!!
  6. MS
    Awesome Ribs! My husband was VERY skeptical, as he loves his ribs off the grill. I always use liquid smoke with my meats and when I saw it in your recipe I had to do it! Just bought my instant pot two weeks ago and this recipe moved to the top of the charts thus far! They were DELICIOUS! I didn't see the note about cooking two slabs at a time until after I started cooking! No worries though, we had bought a 3 pack of baby backs, so tomorrow night we'll be cooking the other two slabs! lolol Excellent! Thank you for sharing!!
  7. Sarah
    Super excited about these but pulled them out after 35 min and it def wasn’t long enough and far from fall off the bone. Trying to put them back in for another 10 to see what happens
    1. Gabby
      Thank you so much for the recipe. I love my IP and you just gave me even more reasons to love it. I wish I could send you a picture of my ribs. Thanks for all the tips.
  8. Tara
    You were right....best ribs EVER! I didn’t have any onion powder but made it with everything else. It turned out fantastic. The family said that it was the best ribs ever.
  9. Annette
    I made these ribs again yesterday for dinner and we love them. They weren't fall off the bone but my pot is a different brand so I will just try cooking a little longer next time. If you have a baby mouth like me, just leave out the peppers in the rub. Yummy!!!
  10. Tardy
    Hi! I always try recipes online but I never bother to leave a comment to the author - until now. The ribs were everything you said it was going to be! Thank you very much for your recipe. It was a hit!

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