Easy BBQ Instant Pot Ribs

Make this super easy no fuss 4 ingredients Easy BBQ Instant Pot Ribs in 40 mins! Brushed with your favorite sweet & smoky BBQ sauce, these tender baby back ribs are finger lickin' good. Perfect weeknight meal, last minute dinners, or cook them for your next BBQ. :D

Make this super easy no fuss 4 ingredients BBQ Instant Pot Ribs in 40 mins! Brushed with your favorite sweet & smoky BBQ sauce, these tender baby back ribs are finger lickin’ good. Perfect weeknight meal, last minute dinners, or cook them for your next BBQ. 😀

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Baby back ribs was one of the first dishes we made in our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

We were blown away by how fall-off-the-bone tender, moist, and flavorful they were. That was the moment we got converted to the “Pothead Cult” and got super excited with pressure cooking!! 😀

*Note: Normally, we make our baby back ribs with this Pressure Cooker Ribs Recipe using homemade dry rub and BBQ sauce. But, when we’re short on time or ingredients, this simplified version is our go-to Instant Pot Ribs Recipe.

This is a great first dish to kick start your Instant Pot cooking journey! Just remember to grab a good bottle of BBQ sauce, then you’re all set. Enjoy~ 😉

Make this no fuss 4 ingredients Easy BBQ Instant Pot Ribs in 40 mins! Brushed with your favorite sweet & smoky BBQ sauce, these tender baby back ribs are finger lickin' good. Perfect weeknight meal, last minute dinners, or cook them for your next BBQ. :D

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Make this no fuss 4 ingredients Easy BBQ Instant Pot Ribs in 40 mins! Brushed with your favorite sweet & smoky BBQ sauce, these tender baby back ribs are finger lickin' good. Perfect weeknight meal, last minute dinners, or cook them for your next BBQ. :D

Tips for Easy BBQ Instant Pot Ribs Recipe

1. Purchasing Baby Back Ribs: search for ribs with even and uniform thickness in the rack. Try to find ribs with even marbling.

2. How long to cook the baby back ribs in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker? We had a little fun with some baby back ribs and tested different cooking times to find the best one that suits us. Choose your favorite cooking time here: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs Cooking Time to make this Easy BBQ Instant Pot Ribs Recipe!

3. Cooking ribs directly in the liquid vs. on a rack in the pressure cooker:When cooking ribs in the pressure cooker, some of the meat flavor will transfer to the liquid. Place the ribs directly in the cooking liquid if you’re simultaneously making the ribs sauce in the pressure cooker. Because all the flavors that have escaped to the liquid will be brushed back onto the ribs.

However, if you’re discarding the cooking liquid in the pressure cooker afterwards or using an already made/store-bought BBQ sauce (like this recipe), place the ribs on a rack in the pressure cooker to preserve the meat flavors.

4. How to Remove the Membrane from Baby Back Ribs (see video for demo): 

  • Locate the membrane on either end of the rack (at the back of the ribs).
  • Slide a butter knife in between the membrane and bones (see picture below).
  • Pull the membrane and tear it off with a paper towel (for better grip).

How to Remove the Membrane from Baby Back Ribs (Video)

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Make this no fuss 4 ingredients Easy BBQ Instant Pot Ribs in 40 mins! Tender baby back ribs are finger lickin' good. Perfect weeknight dinners! Perfect weeknight meal, last minute dinners, or cook them for your next BBQ. 😀
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Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Quick Meals, Super Easy
Cuisine: American
Serving: 2 - 3
Ingredients
  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • ¼ cup your favorite BBQ sauce (We used Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce)
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Optional: a few drops of liquid smoke
Instructions
  1. Prepare the Baby Back Ribs: Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs with a paper towel.
  2. Season the Baby Back Ribs: Season the Baby Back Ribs with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  3. Pressure Cook the Baby Back Ribs: Place 1 cup (250ml) of cold running tap water (or apple cider vinegar) and a trivet in the pressure cooker. Place the baby back ribs on top of the trivet. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 16 – 25 minutes. Adjust the timing according to your preference: 16 minutes (Tender with a bit of chew) to 25 minutes (Fall off the bone). Turn off the heat and full Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.
  4. Preheat Oven: While the baby back ribs is cooking in the pressure cooker, preheat the oven to 450F.
  5. Apply Sauce and Finish in the Oven: Brush your favorite BBQ sauce all over the baby back ribs on all sides including the bones. Place the baby back ribs with the baking tray in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
  6. Serve: Remove the ribs from the oven and serve!
Notes
*Note: this recipe is meant to be super basic & simple - a great easy starter recipe, especially for new Instant Pot users. Feel free to modify it to your taste.

If you're up for the challenge: try our Ribs Recipe with homemade Dry Rub & BBQ Sauce
Make this super easy no fuss 4 ingredients Easy BBQ Instant Pot Ribs in 40 mins! Brushed with your favorite sweet & smoky BBQ sauce, these tender baby back ribs are finger lickin' good. Perfect weeknight meal, last minute dinners, or cook them for your next BBQ. :D

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Tommy Adams
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Tommy Adams

I have enjoyed every recipe from you. The ribs were fantastic. You have become my go too recipe book. Would give 10 stars if I could!
Thank you

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David Gates
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David Gates

Could I use 5#’s of riblets in this recipe?

Thank you

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Gloria Kuang
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Gloria Kuang

Hi Amy and Jacky!
I love how this recipe is so simple and easy to make! If I wanted to cook 2 rack of ribs together, will it change the time? If so, what will it be?

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KevO
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KevO

No change in time. Same as before with 2 racks.

Ruth O'
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Ruth O'

Thank you – thank you – thank you! You are my Go-TO site for all things Instant Pot. Thank you for your amazing recipes, that a vegan (who needs to cook for a meat eating family) can make with confidence!

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L T
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L T

All your hard work is truly appreciated. Using the IP makes a huge difference in scheduling my days/nights, and your recipes make the dishes much more delicious. Thank you!

I was hoping you could answer a couple of questions.
1. Would pressure cooking ribs for a longer period of time, say, 45 minutes, make them tough?
2. Is it possible to pressure cook the ribs, cool and refrigerate overnight, then finish in oven the following day? Or would that change the texture?

Thanks so much in advance.

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Cari
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Cari

Delicious!! Thanks for sharing!!

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Sheryl Ridgeway
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Sheryl Ridgeway

Does the total time cooking 25 minutes or 40 minutes?

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Yvonne
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Yvonne

I’ve made baby back ribs several times using your recipe in my 8 qt pot and I’ve had them turn out perfectly tender and moist, but also other times somewhat dry, though always fall off the bone (which makes them difficult to get out of the pot in one piece). What could I do to make sure they are moist? I think I used the same cook time, and natural release for over 20 minutes. Could it be the amount of fat in the ribs or what other factor would make them more moist and tender? Also, it was impossible… Read more »

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Katie
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Katie

How long does depressurization take? Mines been depressurizing for 37 minutes now and counting…

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Jason
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Jason

Can you clarify this statement please? “Turn off the heat and full Natural Release” Does this mean I need to press the “keep warm” button on the instant pot (the one that lights up automatically when I press “manual”)? My first time cooking this and my second using the instant pot at all so thank you for the easy recipe!

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Doug
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Doug

Just to expand upon this response, you should either press the “Keep Warm” button when you start the cooking, so that it is not lit up (and therefore, will not kick in when the cook time ends), or simply press the “Cancel” button as soon as the cook time ends, which will turn off the Keep Warm function, at that time.

Then, just let the pressure naturally release until the pressure indicator (the metal thing that pops up when pressure is achieved) drops.

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