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!

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 Baby Back Pork 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 BBQ 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 Instant Pot 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 Baby Back Pork 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

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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76 Responses
  1. Cynthia M.
    OK, these were awesome! I might tweak the recipe next time by reducing the cook time just a little bit (3-5 minutes) and throwing them under the broiler before I sauce them as well as after. Definitely a keeper, 40 minutes start to finish. THANK YOU!!
  2. Carissa
    Love your recipe! So easy yet so delicious. Someone gave a tip to add the liquid first and I found this worked really well. I'll definitely be making these ribs again.
  3. Melanie
    We have our ribs going now but quick clarification question for the IP newbie. You say natural release for 10 min and quick release the rest of the way. That’s while the ribs are cooking, correct? My husband swears that’s after it cooks.
  4. Shannon richards
    So I made these tonight and let me say they are amazing. I have a 6qt IP so I should have bought 2 racks but I was afraid since the original post said she used an 8qt. Let’s just say we were fighting over them because there wasn’t enough! So now that I’ve made them and know what to expect that won’t happen again. Just to give you an idea I only used half the rub mixture and it was plenty. Just wondering if I wanted to buy the bigger boneless ribs/spare ribs if you would cook them the same amount of time? Thanks for the great recipe!
  5. Diana B
    Made this tonight ... flavor was wonderful but some of the larger ribs were dry, my son’s complaint. Do you look for a certain size of ribs? I placed in the pot as shown in your picture.
    1. I don't necessarily look for a certain size, but I make sure the ribs are meaty. If the ribs aren't falling apart and tender, then it sounds like they weren't cooked long enough. With the pressure cooker, the longer you cook the more tender it gets. It sounds like your ribs might have been on the larger side and could have used an extra few minutes of cook time. If they tasted "dry" or "tough" then they probably weren't cooked long enough. Just pop the lid back on and add another 3 minutes of pressure cooking. That should do the trick next time.
  6. Awesome! Better than any ribs I ever ordered, bought, or that I tried to cook. And in just a bit over an hour. As my husband and I each enjoyed our ribs in a state of shared bliss
  7. I gave this recipe a go yesterday with some amazing ribs we bought, being sold door-to-door here in Belize. It's an extremely simple recipe but tasted fantastic. The ribs were too long to stand upright, so, we cut them into individual servings and just packed them into the bowl any way we could get them in. Probably 15 pounds of ribs in there. Twenty-five minutes later -perfection. We had some friends over who helped us prepare, eat, and clean up. A superb meal! Thank you.
  8. Sammie Welsh
    First try with brand new instant pot. Very tender and moist,but rub was very spicy! Husband loved it! He’s a Louisiana guy but if you don’t like spice, might tone down the rub a bit.
  9. Carol
    Wanting to try these tomorrow. My question is why put apple cider vinegar in with the water. Don't the ribs taste vinegary? Love to hear back. Thank you
  10. Rex
    I would change one thing in your method of work. Add the liquid first,then the rack, then the rubbed ribs. That way you aren’t concerned about rinsing the rub off.
  11. Becky McMurrick
    Made this tonight, it was a HUGE hit and will be our IP BBQ baby back rib recipe from now on. I made up extra of your husband's seasoning and put it into a spice bottle for future use. Thanks for posting this yummy rib recipe.
  12. Thomas Davie
    Followed the recipe exactly, using a 6 quart Duo-60. I'd perhaps shave a minute or two from the cooking time, or do a quick release; but fantastic ribs. Meaty, fat rendered away and 'fall off the bones'. I'll be making these again.Tom

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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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