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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4.8 based on 13 review(s)

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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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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!

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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.
349 Responses
  1. Jessie
    Ok, I need some guidance... I have made these 4 times now: the first 2 times they were perfect and falling off the bone, the last 2 times they were dry and a little tough. Each time, I used baby back ribs, same grocery store, I followed the recipe EXACTLY down to the minute. I'm wondering what variables would cause the ribs to be more dry? Should I cook them less or longer? Is there a minutes to weight ratio that you follow? I absolutely loved this recipe the first couple times, I have no clue what has changed! Thanks so much for any tips :). Jessie
    1. I'm thinking it has something to do with the weight of the ribs vs. the cooking time. I'll work on finding the perfect balance of weight and time to give more accurate times and will update soon. Thanks for your patience! And when in doubt - increase the time a little more if the ribs are meatier than normal.
  2. Patricia Pettiford
    My sister sent this recipe to me. Prior to this I wasn’t on this website. My husband (grew up smoking ribs in the Deep South. BBQ is a tradition passed down father to son) loved this dinner. I actually served it as Sunday dinner. I gave a plate to a neighbor and they loved it too. I did my own rub. I used 3 tsp of liquid smoke. I mixed my own BBQ sauce. Enjoy!
  3. Bobbie
    My ribs were juicy and tender/chewy. Not quite falling off the bone but close. I cooked them 20 minutes then natural release 10 minutes. The thing I find with most meats is they are much better if they are pre-seasoned several hours or over night for the best flavor so my only negative comment is the flavor was only on the surface and not nearly enough salt for my taste. I’ll try it again another time and pre-season them as well as add another teaspoon of salt. Thank you for the recipe.
    1. The recipe states to cook the ribs for 25 minutes with a 10 minute natural release. That extra 5 minutes definitely makes a difference in the texture. Be sure to try it as stated in the recipe instructions next time and let us know how you liked them. :)
  4. Beth
    Just made these tonight in my Instant Pot Ultra 6 quart. I've never made ribs before, but I wanted to give them a try. I followed the recipe with the exception of the apple cider vinegar, which I didn't have, so I just put in 2 cups of water. This. Was. AMAZING. Absolutely the BEST ribs we've ever had. I will definitely make this again!
  5. Steve
    Made these yesterday without liquid smoke and used only Apple juice. Did 2 racks of baby back ribs. Reduced time to 20 minutes and placed on smoker for 1 hour. Wow, delicious and cook time was reduced by 5 hours.
  6. Ryan
    I love ribs, was definitely skeptical about cooking them in the InstantPot. But wow! These were possibly the best ribs I’ve ever had. I only had to look at them and the meat fell right off the bone. Incredible rub too. 10/10 will make again.
  7. Ivy
    Initially tried IP ribs with a store-bought rib rub and beef broth, they were tender but lacked flavor. Tried this recipe and I’m sold! The rub is perfect on its own, but I added 1/4 tbsp cinnamon, maybe its a weird thing but I always love cinnamon and cayenne together. I also think the ACV made a huge difference. If it helps any commenters, I did 20 min and 10 npr because I had a small rack (enough for dinner for two and one lunch tomorrow) Husband approved and will become a weekly recipe- can’t thank you enough!
  8. Jo Ann
    Thank you for the recipe. I’ve made these twice and came out tender and delicious both times! So easy and quick, too!
  9. Colleen
    The rub is a perfect combination of spices, the ribs are very tender, and this meal is excellent! My husband is an excellent cook and always makes changes to a recipe. I gave him a taste of the rub, and he stated, "it's perfect; it doesn't need any changes." We also use the rub when we grill pork chops. Yum! Thank you!
  10. Sharon
    Made these tonight... amazing! Followed the recipe exactly, the flavor and tenderness were perfect! I thought they'd be spicy, but they weren't! Definitely making them again!

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