Pressure Cooker Ribs

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Make these delicious Pressure Cooker Ribs with homemade dry rub and BBQ sauce in less than an hour. Tender and moist ribs with incredible depths of smoky & sweet flavors. Your whole family would be all over these ribs! 😀

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Pressure Cooker Ribs was one of the first dishes we made in our pressure cookers.

The first time Jacky made this pressure cooker ribs recipe, I was out enjoying dinner with my best friends. In the middle of dinner, Jacky texted me a photo of a gorgeous rack of baby back ribs with “You’re totally missing out!” This was unusual.

When I got home, he kept raving how tender and flavorful it was. How it was some of the best ribs he has ever tasted. He was so proud of it and how glad we bought our pressure cookers home. He kept repeating “You really missed out!“, “You seriously missed out!” So, I made him cook it again the next day. Hahaha~ 😛

He was right!! Indeed the baby back ribs were so tender, moist, full of bold smoky & sweet flavors. It was very delicious! We’ve been making a lot of these pressure cooker ribs since, and we just couldn’t get enough of them! 😀

Lately, we had a little fun with some baby back ribs and tested different cooking times to find the perfect time that suits our tastes. Choose your favorite cooking time: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs Cooking Time and make some BBQ Pressure Cooker Ribs!

Pressure Cooker Ribs Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for Pressure Cooker Ribs Recipe

Pressure Cooker Ribs Recipe Homemade Dry Rub for Baby Back Ribs

Tools for Pressure Cooker Ribs Recipe

Make these Pressure Cooker Ribs with homemade dry rub & BBQ sauce in less than an hour. Tender ribs with incredible depths of smokey & sweet flavors.

Tips for Pressure Cooker Ribs Recipe

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

2. Cooking baby back ribs directly in the liquid vs. on a trivet 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.

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.

3. Liquid smoke: be sure to only add a few drops, or else the smoky flavor will overpower the sauce. Be careful not to spill the liquid smoke as the smell is not easy to wash off.

4. Why we added carrots as we reduce the sauce: to enhance the flavor of the BBQ sauce by extracting sweetness from the carrots. Plus, the carrots can be served as a side dish too. 😉

5. How to Remove the Membrane from Baby Back Ribs: 

  • 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)

Watch: How To Make This Pressure Cooker Ribs Recipe Video

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4.9 from 27 reviews
Pressure Cooker Ribs
Make these Pressure Cooker Ribs with homemade dry rub & BBQ sauce in less than an hour. Tender ribs with incredible depths of smoky & sweet flavors.
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Quick Meals, Super Easy
Cuisine: American
Serving: 2 - 3
  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 – 3 drops liquid smoke
Dry Rub for Ribs:
BBQ Sauce for Ribs:
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup (250 ml) ketchup
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water
  • ⅛ cup (31 ml) maple syrup
  • ⅛ cup (31 ml) honey
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon (25 g) brown sugar
  1. Prepare the Baby Back Ribs: Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs with a butter knife and a paper towel.
  2. Dry Rub the Baby Back Ribs: Mix all the dry rub ingredients and rub it all over the baby back ribs. Then, set aside while you prepare other ingredients.
  3. Pressure Cook the Baby Back Ribs: Pour the homemade BBQ sauce into the pressure cooker. Add 2 – 3 drops of liquid smoke into the BBQ sauce. Place the baby back ribs into the BBQ sauce (See Tips in the post). Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 16 – 25 minutes. Adjust your cooking time 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 the Oven: While the baby back ribs is cooking in the pressure cooker, preheat the oven to 450F.
  5. Set Aside the Baby Back Ribs: Carefully place the cooked baby back ribs on a chopping board with kitchen tongs. Cover it with aluminum foil and set aside.
  6. Filter the Fat (Optional Step): Filter the BBQ sauce with a strainer and remove the fat with an oil separator.
  7. Reduce the BBQ sauce: Place roughly chopped carrots into the BBQ sauce and bring your BBQ sauce to a simmer. (Instant Pot: Click sauté button once and click on adjust button twice to get to the Saute Less Function) Continue to reduce and thicken the BBQ sauce by simmering until desired thickness (roughly 6 - 8 minutes). Occasionally, stir with a wooden spoon. Taste the seasoning of the BBQ sauce. Stir in more brown sugar and additional 1 – 2 drops of liquid smoke if necessary.
  8. Apply Sauce and Finish in the Oven or Grill: Brush the homemade BBQ sauce all over the baby back ribs on all sides including the bones with a silicone basting brush. Place the baby back ribs in the oven on the top rack for 10 – 15 minutes.
  9. Serve and Enjoy: Serve the baby back ribs immediately with more homemade BBQ sauce along with the carrots.


Make these delicious Pressure Cooker Ribs with homemade dry rub and BBQ sauce in less than an hour. Tender and moist ribs with incredible depths of smokey & sweet flavors. Your whole family would be all over these ribs!

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Gizelle Mcculligh

These are the absolute best ribs ever. I did not make the sauce I want as far as putting the ribs in the oven while I waited for the carrots to cook and just use the juice to go on top of the ribs when they were done. They were absolutely amazing

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What steps do I take to finish off the ribs using the Air Fryer lid? I assume I would finish making the sauce then slather the ribs and then put them back in the pot?

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I need to make 2 baby back ribs for 4 of us. Do I have to double the sauce too? What about the cooking time? I have an 8 qt instant pot. Tia.

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Susan Gamache

Fabulous! Used short ribs, upped the time a bit, and had fans coming back for more! Sauce was wonderful over mashed potatoes!!

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Jerri Lea Estep

I got the burn error when doing these in my instant 8 qt duo. I had set it for 22 min and after 40 minutes my husband asked about them and I realized something it should have pressurized and been done so we go to look at it says burn and has nautical released. When I opened it the ribs were done. Not totally fall off the bone but definitely tender. I’m assuming that the dry spice rub thickened my BBQ sauce causing the burn. Is that what you’d say happened? It didn’t seem thick at all.

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Jerri Lea Estep

There wasn’t anything scorched on the bottom.


Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with the world! This has become a staple dish in our home after a few tweaks of my own (reducing the sugar content). The carrot side dish is what originally caught my eye and made me try this recipe! I have used carrots before with bbq sauce and had the same results but was not sure how to incorporate this into a pressure cooker! Thank you! My question for you is this: I am making a double batch of ribs in the same pot. Do I need to adjust my time… Read more »

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Sue Molitor

Over cooked my St. Louis spare ribs,but they still were delicious. Question. How canI fit 2 slabs of ribs? Or can I.? Since spare ribs are taller than back ribs I had to slant and bend them to stay below max line can
I cut into pieces and stack them?

Sue Molitor

Can I fit more than rack of ribs by putting them into a circle one inside the other or by stacking them?


These were aaaaamzazing!! Def will make again! I’d give it 5stars but site won’t let me!


Hi, I’m getting ready to use this recipe to grill tonight! One question… if we are grilling it, do we need to place the ribs on a foil? What is the recommended temperature? Would you recommend the grilling time to be similar to the time spent in the oven? Apologies ahead of time if the questions were repeated already..

Thanks! Sofia


I have enjoyed cooking these three times now. Twice they were flawless, but this last time the meat was dry and didn’t fall apart like before. Could this be too much time in the InstantPot? Or too little? Would the meat improve if I put it back in the pressure for a short amount of time?

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