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These amazing Instant Pot BBQ baby back ribs are truly fall off the bone! They are better then the ribs at the restaurant!
Instant Pot is the best method for cooking ribs by far. Once you try Instant Pot BBQ baby back ribs, you’ll never make them any other way!
I don’t order the ribs in restaurants anymore because the ones I make in the Instant Pot taste better! It’s so much cheaper too to make them at home! Homemade BBQ baby back ribs cost about 1/4th of what they would cost in the restaurant!
Best of all, like all my Instant Pot recipes, making these BBQ ribs is super easy and requires hardly any work. All you need to do is put the ribs and water in the Instant Pot, let the pot pressure cook them, then brush with BBQ sauce and bake for 10 minutes in the oven. Effortless gorgeous dinner is ready! For the exact pressure cooking times and instructions, as always, there is a printable recipe card on the bottom of this article.
Like the salad on the picture above that I served with the ribs? I’ve got the recipe for you! Check out my easy chopped Caprese salad recipe.
For these ribs, you can use any kind of barbecue sauce – bottled or homemade. If you want to take it up a notch and make your own homemade BBQ sauce, look no further. Check out my homemade BBQ sauce recipe – this is truly the best ever!
How To Cook Ribs In The Instant Pot
Step 1: Put ribs and water in the Instant Pot
Put as many slabs of ribs as you’d like in your Instant Pot (as long as it’s below the “Max Fill” line) along with 1 cup of water (same amount of water no matter how many slabs of ribs). On the picture below, I have 2 slabs of baby back ribs in my pot. You can use the trivet if you’d like, but I just put mine directly in the water.
If you search for pork ribs recipes online, you’ll see that a lot of them talk about cutting off the membrane. Well, I never do it for this recipe – I’m lazy and don’t want to do any unnecessary work :) These Instant Pot ribs come out so tender that the membrane just kind of disappears and you won’t even taste it!
Step 2: Pressure cook the ribs.
Press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button and set the time for 25 minutes on High Pressure. When it’s done cooking, do the 10 minutes natural release (NR), followed by the quick release (QR).
Step 3: Brush ribs with BBQ sauce.
Put the cooked ribs on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper and brush with BBQ sauce.
Step 4: Bake the ribs.
While the ribs are cooking in the Instant Pot, preheat the oven to 450F. Bake the BBQ ribs in pre-heated 450F oven for 10 minutes.
If you like these Instant Pot baby back ribs, you will also love these easy recipes:
Instant Pot Burgers – this is the easiest way to cook burger patties and they are always so juicy!
Instant Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls – this one-pot dinner tastes amazing!
Instant Pot Baked Apples – stuffed with cinnamon and raisins, these easy baked apples are so delicious!
Instant Pot Corn On The Cob – have a pot full of steaming juicy corn on the cob in minutes!
Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes – perfectly cooked and so delicious, this is a perfect side dish to go with the ribs!
- 1 slab of baby back ribs
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup BBQ sauce (bottled or homemade)
- Put water and the ribs in the Instant Pot (you can use the trivet or put ribs directly in the water). Close the lid and turn the vent to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 25 minutes on High pressure.
- While the ribs are cooking, preheat the oven to 450F and line the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- When the Instant Pot is done cooking, let the pressure release naturally (NR) for 10 minutes, then quick release (QR) the remaining steam.
- Remove the ribs from the Instant Pot and put on a baking sheet. Brush the ribs with BBQ sauce, put in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.