Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs (VIDEO)

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

These 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 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 of the ribs 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!

What Spices To Use for a Dry Rub Rib 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 sweet and spicy with a few other spices that will really make the flavor on these ribs pop!

  • Brown Sugar
  • Chili Powder
  • Dried Parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper

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.

Tips and Tricks for Instant Pot Ribs:

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.

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

How To Double Instant Pot Ribs Recipe:

This recipe is for about a 3 1/2 pound rack of pork ribs and easily fits into a 6 or 8 quart instant pot. If you’re looking to double the recipe, make sure both racks of ribs can fit into your pressure cooker. Double the spice ingredients, but you do not need to double the liquid. The time will only increase by about 10 minutes.

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

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

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

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 (2.5 lb. to 3 lb.) 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.

Keywords: Instant Pot Ribs, Baby Back Ribs

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

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. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
594 Responses
  1. Amy

    I’ve used this and similar recipes for baby back and country style pork ribs, always turns out great. My issue with the IP recipes, however, is that the timing never accounts for the time for the IP to come to pressure…which can be a while if you’re not sauteing something first (as in this recipe). I wish all the recipes would come with more definitive start-to-serving estimated times!

  2. Mark Craig

    I made this recipe and they came out tough, followed to the “T” except about 3.5lbs of ribs. Any idea why? More time for more meat? Bad/ inferior ribs?

  3. Holly

    This is my “GO TO” recipe for ribs. WE LOVE THEM! I think I may have commented before, but I had to do it again. Don’t need the parsley. I never use dried parsley. I only use fresh in the house. But I don’t think it would add to the recipe greatly, so I never add it.
    Keep up the great blog! Happy Cooking!

  4. Jennifer B

    We made these the other night and they were WONDERFUL! The only problem we had was all the little had evaporated and left a nasty bubbly crust in the bottom of the pot. I am having trouble getting it out. Any suggestions on next time???

    1. It sounds like you could have a sealing issue with your ring on the instant pot. Just make sure you are adding the full 1 1/2 cups of liquid to the pot before cooking. Hope this helps!

  5. Renee

    I used your recipe for my first ever IP meal. The ribs were cooked perfectly at 25 min with a 10 min natural release. I made the rub as posted and found it to be enough for 2 or 3 racks.-Next time I’ll use apple cider instead of apple cider vinegar because I didn’t care for the vinegar taste/aroma being so prevalent..

    1. Save that extra rub for the next time you make them. I tend to go a little heavy handed on the rub when I apply it. 😉 So glad you enjoyed the ribs!

  6. Sandy

    First time IP user and first recipe was yours! My husband was doubtful that these would come out the way you said….The first words out of my his mouth when he started digging in..? “Holy WOW these are good (insert bad word here but used in a good way) ribs! They were awesome, the seasoning was just right and they fell off the bone just like you said! Thanks for making my first experience a great one! Can’t wait to try more things!

  7. Chris

    My son loves ribs, but the hubby doesn’t care too much for bbq sauce. This recipe was super easy and OMG GOOD! Both my son and hubby asked me to add this to my recipe book! Thanks for sharing…

  8. Debbie T

    Hi, I don’t have an IP and I’m wondering if I can do ribs in my slow cooker. If so, what changes would I make. I’d love to serve these ribs for company next week! (No IP because I just simply have no more room for another appliance 🙁

    1. Barbara Meserve

      This is the perfect recipe- and in reply to Debbie who does not have an IP , I would give up bedroom closet to store one of these- so worth it.

    2. Kim

      I finally started using my IP, which I bought in 2015! If you are concerned about space, get an IP because it’s also a slow cooker! Seriously, why did I wait so long to use this appliance–the hype is real! (I’m going to be using this recipe for dinner, so this will be about 4 days this week I’ve used the IP!)

  9. Sara

    This is now my go-to recipe for ribs. I’ve never been able achieve tender fall-off-the-bone ribs before, and let me tell you…these are AMAZING! Super duper tender and so flavorful. This is one recipe that the entire family loves. My boys are picky about meat & will request seconds. I have 2 racks in the IP now and cannot wait for dinner!

  10. Dee Dee

    I’m headed to the store since ribs are on sale. I have an 8qt instant pot and I’m going to do 2 racks. Do I need more liquid and longer cooking time for the 8qt? Can’t wait to try these!!

  11. Caroline Godwin

    It was truly delicious! with bone broth instead of water and the apple cider vinegar gave it a great flavor!!! Wonderful recipe

  12. Allison

    So I made these ribs a while ago and they were so good! I had lost the recipe and am so happy that I found it again 🙂 Definitely going to make the again soon!!!

  13. Evelyn

    OMG I just made this for the first time on my IP and they came out delicious and tender. Will definitely be making these again.

    1. Sandy

      I could not find the answer to the lady who asked what you can do if you don’t have an instapot. I don’t have one either, for the same reason she did….. I just don’t have room nor the extra money. Would it work in a regular Crock-Pot or would it be better to cook it in the oven

    1. Will

      When it finishes the finishing alarm will sound and then begin a new timer. Do nothing, this is the natural release, it is just slowly releasing the pressure without assisted ventilation. When the timer reaches 10 min, turn the valve located on the top of the Instant Pot. This is the rapid release.

  14. Ruchi

    Amazing recipe! Ribs turned out perfectly.
    Quick question- if I wanted to make these ahead of time for a dinner party do I just keep them in the instant pot till I’m ready to serve them and just broil them with the barbecue sauce when I’m ready to serve? Otherwise can I take the ribs out of the instant pot, put the barbecue sauce on the ribs, put them back in the instant pot on ‘keep warm’ and then broil before serving?
    Thanks so much!!! I’m new to instant pot ribs…I’ve always done them in the slow cooker:)

    1. I’m thinking you could cook them in the IP ahead of time, wrap them in foil and then reheat them in the oven before serving. I wouldn’t let them sit in the IP too long.

  15. Lynda

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I thought it was going to be too much rub. You are right, best ribs ever! I used a little red pepper flakes instead of cayenne. Perfect for my family.

  16. Jane

    made these last night and they were amazing. Will definitely do them again. thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

  17. Christie Kite

    Made this tonight. At first i was alittle skeptical, since im an IP newbie.
    I used chipotle pepper instead of cayenne, because its what i have! I also did 2 racks of ribs. And Woa! Yummy! After the ribs cooked in the IP, i threw new potatoes in the left over liquid, 8 mins, and voila! Easy side dish, too!

  18. Susie

    Gotta say…my husband it PICKY when it comes to ribs. After more fails than I can count, I gave this recipe a shot. Love my Instant Pot so thought this recipe might be the ticket! It was me for the WIN! Both hubby and son gave it a thumbs up! I did 2 racks in the pot. I added 10 minutes to the cook time and left the rub on for about an hour prior to cooking. They were fall off the bone tender and fabulous! Thanks for finally giving me a recipe I can go back to!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; 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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