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. Christine Jones
    I made these ribs this evening for dinner and they were excellent. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I am always looking for new recipes for my Instant Pot and this one is definitely a keeper.
    1. Doug
      Mine turned out great..the Apple Cider Vinegar was a little strong. I will try another liquid next time. Maybe beer. Thanks for sharinf
  2. Samantha
    These were fantastic, however mine were so tender it was hard pulling the ribs out because they were falling apart! Could I cut the ribs in half and stack them that way or do you suggest sticking with wrapping them on their side?
  3. Colette Singla
    I made these ribs last night for the first time.... they were so moist... I love that recipe. Very easy and fast... Thank you for sharing.
  4. Valerie Leclair
    For this step, "Let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest of the way." is that at the beginning when some of the steam is releasing or at the end? Sorry new to the instant pot thing.
    1. Basically the timer will go off and you'll let the counter on the Instant Pot go for another 10 minutes (do not turn off the Instant Pot, do not open the valve, just let it sit there for another 10 minutes). Once 10 minutes is up, then you will open the pressure release valve and release the remaining pressure.
    1. You should allow for at least 10 minutes, but mine usually comes to pressure a little quicker than that. Total time with coming to pressure, cooking and natural release, plus broiling should be no more than 45 minutes!
      1. Larissa
        I am cooking these right now and mine took 35 min to come to pressure! It seems like my pot takes too long. The valve is in the right spot and the seal is good. Not sure why it takes so long. I'm new to IP but every recipe I've tried takes no less than 15 min to pressurize.
        1. 35 minutes is a LONG time for this recipe to come to pressure. I would double check that your seal is locked and ring is fitting snug. If your IP is constantly taking that long to come to pressure it might be an issue with the pot's heating element.
  5. mike borgen
    Oh my! These ribs turned out awesome...but I stepped it up just a tad...finishing off 1 rack of ribs off in the smoker for 1 hr at 120 degrees. Added a nice smokey flavor on top of the juicy meat.
  6. Katie
    I just purchased an 8 quart instant pot which says to use at least 3 cups of liquid in order to build enough pressure to begin the cooking process. Did you cook these in a 6 or 8 quart IP? If 8, did it reach pressure even though there’s only about 1.5 cups of liquid?
  7. Jennifer LeNoue
    I followed your recipe to a "T" but when I pressed the meat button and set the time for 25min, it never transitioned over to the countdown. After almost 10min, the IP beeped and said "burn." What the!? So I hit cancel and did the QR to find out what went wrong. Once I was able to, I opened the lid to find nothing wrong with the meat. So I closed it up again and reset it all. It finally set right and began counting down. Any ideas?
    1. Carla
      My kids don't like a lot of spice, so I left the cayenne out. They were still delicious! I may try 1 rack with and 1 without next time to see if there is a huge difference.
  8. Jennifer H.
    These were the best ribs ever! The IP never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe which we enjoyed while watching the Eagles win!!

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