Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs Cooking Time

How long to cook pressure cooker baby back ribs? We tested different cooking times to make tender to fall off the bone tender ribs. Come find your favorite one!

Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs was one of the first dishes we’ve made in the pressure cooker. And boy! We were blown away by how the meat was so tender and flavorful after a short prep and cooking time. But what is the best pressure cooking time for baby back ribs?

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We had some fun with a couple of pressure cooking experiments. We were overwhelmed by the positive responses for our How to Make the Most Tender, Flavorful Pot Roast in Pressure Cooker Experiment.

So, time for another little test with one of our favorite Baby Back Ribs in Pressure Cooker.

Time for some ribs baby!

Materials & Methods for Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs Test

Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Altitude: close to sea level
Meat: Rack of Baby Back Ribs
Meat Thickness: the thickest part of the meat is roughly 1/2 inch thick
Meat Weight: 1.5 – 1.8 lbs
Pressure: High Pressure (10.15~11.6 psi)
Cooking Time: 16 minutes, 25 minutes, 30 minutes
Release Method: Full Natural Release

Cooking Method for the Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs:

  • Remove the membrane from the back of the baby back ribs
  • Dry rub the baby back ribs
  • Pressure cook at High Pressure
  • Full Natural Release
  • Cover the baby back ribs with aluminum foil and set aside
  • Reduce the BBQ sauce
  • Apply BBQ sauce
  • Finish in the oven

How long to cook pressure cooker baby back ribs? We tested different cooking times to make tender to fall off the bone tender ribs. Come find your favorite one!

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Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs Testing Results

Since baby back ribs is a tender cut, the resulting meat juice, meat flavors, and the sauce were all quite similar among the 3 cooking times. The meat were moist and flavorful.

The main difference stands in the meat texture.

Test 1: 16 Minutes Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Meat Texture: The meat was tender with a bit of chew. We were able to pick up the baby back ribs with tongs without worrying the bones falling off.

Test 2: 25 Minutes Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Meat Texture: The meat was very tender. We had to pick up the baby back ribs very carefully with tongs or else the bones will fall off.

Test 3: 30 Minutes Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Meat Texture: The meat was literally fall off the bone tender. We couldn’t pick up the baby back ribs with tongs without the bones falling off.

How long to cook pressure cooker baby back ribs? We tested different cooking times to make tender to fall off the bone tender ribs. Come find your favorite one!

Side Note:

When should we cook baby back ribs directly in the liquid in the pressure cooker? 

Some of the baby back ribs’ meat flavor will transfer to the liquid when cooking it in the pressure cooker. It only makes sense to place the ribs in the cooking liquid if you are making the sauce in the pressure cooker at the same time. Because all the flavor that has gone into the sauce will be brushed back onto it.

When should we cook baby back ribs on a trivet in the pressure cooker?

However, if you’re discarding the cooking liquid in the pressure cooker afterwards or you’re using an already made/store-bought BBQ sauce, you should place the ribs on a trivet when cooking in the pressure cooker to preserve the flavors.

Which cooking time is your favorite? 

Choose your favorite cooking time and start cooking some delicious Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs!

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Ribs

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How long to cook pressure cooker baby back ribs? We tested different cooking times to make tender to fall off the bone tender ribs. Find your favorite one!

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sparky
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sparky

Your recipes are great!

Thank you for testing the 3 diff cooking times for baby back ribs but I couldn’t find any info on pork loin ribs. I bought 4 lbs of pork loin ribs because the packaging said “extra meaty”. How long do I cook these?

Reading this page, I’m now learning that baby back ribs are the best cut for this recipe, right?

Anna O
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Anna O

This is the first recipe I tried after receiving my instant pot for Xmas 2 yrs ago. Have made several times now, always turn out great. Juicy, tender and FLAVORFUL. In my pot, 22 min is perfect. Then bake or grill without the meat falling off the bone but you can still use a fork to eat them! I use my own homemade bbq, so therefore use a trivet. The resulting broth is amazingly flavorful and great for soup or to drink on its own. Thank you for your info, Amy + Jacky!

Christina
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Christina

I’ve made these and they are super awesome. Was wondering what the oven temp is for after pressure cooking and for how long. I couldn’t find that info in the post. Thanks a ton!!

DD
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DD

Hello, I followed the 25 min high pressure, with one cup of water with some light drops of acv and liquid smoke and a natural release of 15 mins but my baby back ribs came out chewy and rubbery. It was hard to slice and eat. I live in NJ at 177ft above sea level. I didn’t cooked the whole rack I cut off a sliver to lay flat on the trivet not touching the liquid. When I try again do I go for a higher cook time or lower? I’m unsure where I went wrong. Thank You in advance.

Julie
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Julie

I am brand new to Instant Pot and pressure cooking. I live in Calgary at approx 1000 m elevation. Do I need to modify cooking times on recipes in general? Looking forward to trying out your recipes!

Nancy
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Nancy

Hi,
Happy New Year.
Thank you for your amazing recipes. How long do you recommend i cook BEEF ribs using your baby back recipe?
Thank you.

Sheri
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Sheri

Hi, Amy & Jacky!

I just got my IP and have made soup so far. I’m going to try making ribs today. I love that you’ve posted the results of the experiments where you cooked the ribs for three different lengths of time. That’s genius! All I had to do was read your descriptions and decide how I want my ribs to turn out. Thank you for taking the guesswork out of this recipe. I look forward to trying more of your recipes!

Maria
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Maria

I have Country Style pork ribs. 4 packages with 2 ribs per package. Very meaty. Assuming I should add time….? How much? Like them nearly fall off the bone. Thank you!

Danielle
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Danielle

Can I cut up the rack before putting them in the instant pot or am I better to cut them up after cooking?

Marietta
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Marietta

I will be making IP Ribs for 14 People on Sunday. Can I IP cook them on Saturday and finish them on Sunday with the BBQ or Smoker? Will they retain their tenderness?

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