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.

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 BEST Pressure Cooker Rib Rub 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 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.

Pressure Cooker 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 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

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

  • Author: Shawn Syphus | I Wash You Dry
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

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.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4

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

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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!

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.
413 Responses
  1. Joni

    I made these and could not get over the smell and taste of the vinegar. I followed the recipe exactly. The ribs were not fall off the bone tender. Will try agin with longer cook time and less Apple cider vinegar.

    1. Rose

      6 STARS!!! Made this as written (with the exception of adding 1 teaspoon paprika to the rub & refrigerating for a few hours before)… Using a 3 lb. babyback in an an 8 qt. Instant Pot. They were PERFECT!! I had difficulty getting them out of the pot because they were just falling off the bone. Yes, a great problem to have lol. I had no issue with the apple cider vinegar… Didn’t taste it at all in the ribs. I feel like it’s just an added layer of flavor that pulls it all together. However, I do agree that clearly some people might be more sensitive. Thank you for a wonderful recipe that will be a staple in our home! Not having to stand over a grill in the 100+ degree Texas heat and/or stand over a hot stove/oven is an added bonus!! I think this is my favorite Instant Pot dinner to date!!

    2. Hi Joni, I’m sorry you didn’t get the best results. If the vinegar is too much, you can try substituting apple cider or apple juice in it’s place.

  2. Boohoo

    What did I do wrong?? I used a different rub, but I cooked one pound of baby backs at high pressure for 25 minutes and natural release 10 minutes. When I took them out, they were not that tender. I put sauce on them and broiled for a bit but it did not help. They taste ok, but they are TOUGH.

    1. Oh man, what a bummer! I’m sorry they were not super tender for you. The only thing I can think is that maybe your seal wasn’t on properly? Also, a typical rack of ribs is more like 3 lbs. of meat… I’m wondering if you only had 1 lb. if that would make a difference?

  3. Alice

    A+ … This will now be my go-to recipe for ribs! I had a Costco pack of 3 racks of ribs, so I double the dry rub recipe, but I did not double the liquids (as you suggested). I could squeeze only 2 racks at a time in my IP, so did in 2 batches, using the same liquid for the second batch. I let the first batch sit on a platter covered in foil until the second batch was done, then I did the BBQ sauce step with all 3 racks at once (on 2 foil-lined cookie sheets). Fabulous!! Thank you for posting the recipe!

  4. Anique Warden

    Hello from Canada! My husband and I are on the KETO way of life and I modified the recipe slightly by using Erythritol instead of brown sugar, and being that we didn’t have any liquid smoke, we put in mesquite wood chips over the liquid, and we used a crock-pot instead of the pressure cooker. So far, the smell is really impressive and we’re looking forward to tasting our pork ribs! Thanks for this recipe!

  5. Karen Payne

    I had to double the cook time! I don’t know what I did wrong., but after pressuring twice and then 5 min under the broiler…perfection! I used Baby back ribs.

    1. Could it be that your ring wasn’t on properly the first time and it didn’t pressurize? I’ve had that happen to me before. I’m glad the end result was good!

  6. Becky

    This is absolutely the best Instant Pot ribs recipe I have tried and believe me, I’ve tried quite a number of them. Thanks so much, I’ll never cook them any other way.

  7. Andrea G. Heys

    These are absolutely delicious!! I just got my Instant Pot for Mother’s Day, so I’m still experimenting. This is the best rib recipe EVER. Will definitely make them more often now.
    Thank you!

  8. Tara Rutherford

    Is it a problem if I doubled the liquid as I’m doing 2 racks of ribs and I didn’t see the note about keeping the same amount of liquid??

  9. I made these tonight for dinner and they were AMAZING! The mean fell off the bone and the flavor was yummy. I bought the ribs at the butcher and they removed the rib lining from the back of the ribs for me. Couldn’t have made it any easier to make a fabulous dinner! Ribs, scalloped red potatoes with chives, cheese and bacon – everyone was fat and happy! Thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe – it will become a monthly treat for my clan!

  10. Shannon

    I appreciate this recipe but have a question for you. I’m planning to finish on the grill. I love ‘fall off the bone ribs’, but would like to cook just shy of that stage so they can hold up and not fall apart getting on and off of the grill. Should I shorten the IP cooking time a bit? Thanks!

      1. Lisa

        We always finish ours on the grill. I always cut them into 2-3 rib pieces before cooking. I cook on high for 22 minutes. Then go to the grill.

  11. Ruby F

    I see rib posts all the time in the IP Facebook groups I’m in so tonight I thought I’d give it a go myself. Holy moly! I followed this recipe exactly (I added slightly fewer amounts of the chili and cayenne based on my families preference) and it turned out fantastic. I did 2 racks and just doubled everything taking note not to double the liquid you put in at the bottom and honestly, these were the best ribs I’ve ever had. This will be the only recipe I use for ribs in the future because I’m sure this is going to be a regular feature on our dinner table from here on out!

    1. I’m with you Ruby! They are going to be the only rib recipe I use going forward as well! I actually substituted Jalapeno Pepper spice I buy locally for the cayenne pepper. Adds little different flair – still spicy, but a slightly different taste. YUM, YUM!

  12. Cindy

    This rub is delicious. It was the first time I made ribs in my Instant Pot and they were fantastic!! This will be the only recipe I use!! Loved them!

  13. Annette

    I don’t have the Instant Pot brand. I got mine at a yard sale, with no recipe book, and the brand is Power Cooker. It works great but it doesn’t have a Meat setting. It has increments of 10 up to 80 that I am assuming is pressure setting. I usually just put it on 80 for everything and it is fine. Does anyone have a recipe booklet for the Power Cooker, or any tips for using the Instant Pot recipes in it?

  14. Mike

    These ribs are my first foray into the world of pressure cooking. My user manual for the instant pot says that I should use a minimum of 18 fl oz of liquid when pressure cooking. This recipe only totals 12oz, so I added an extra 6oz of water. I will let you know how it turns out!

  15. Melissa

    These ribs came out perfect. I have never made ribs in the pressure cooker and these were seriously easy, delicious and fall off the bone, just like if I cooked them in the oven for 2 1/2 hours. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!

  16. Rande

    My boyfriend makes the best ribs ever but it takes 3-4 hours. We tried this today and they were amazing. Will never make them the “old” way again. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  17. Kathryn

    THANK YOU! These are the absolute BEST fall-off-the-bone and flavor packed ribs ever! I’m new to Instant pot cooking and I’m so glad I tried your recipe! Definitely a winner!!!

  18. JOY

    I made these about a month ago and I just made another batch. sadly my IP is too small to put 2 racks in without cutting them but they fit great cutting both in half and putting them side by side, with the smaller 2 in the middle. I also didn’t double the spices, because there was more than enough to cover all the ribs, and I didn’t add to the cook time and they came out perfect.

  19. Jeanine

    These are by far the best ribs we have ever eaten. My sister, niece, brother and myself all have instant pots and love these ribs. If I had only bought my instant pot to make these ribs in it would have been worth every penny (of course I use it all the time). I served them with instant pot easy mac and cheese. Absolutely fabulous dinner in 45 minutes (most of it cooking time).

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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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