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.

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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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Sue Molitor
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
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?


The cooking instructions were fine and the ribs were nicely done, but I thought the fennel was too pronounced. I’m wondering if it might be because I ground my own fennel seeds since I couldn’t find ground fennel in any of our three local grocery stores?


By putting the carrots in at the end as the sauce thickens are they still hard after the 6-8 minutes or will they soften?

Thanks! I’ve tried many of your recipes and love them.


All set up and burn notice. Any thoughts on why or how to prevent this?


This was our New Year’s Eve meal. Another delicious recipe!! 4 stars, only because they are not as good as my husbands, which take 2 days and a lot of fuss to make. Thank you!

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

How long does the natural release take?

Brenda Studer
Brenda Studer

I have pork loin backribs, are there these the same as baby back ribs? If not, are there any adjustments to the cooking instructions. I have 3 sections but I don’t think they will all fit in my 6 qt ultra so I think I will need to cook in 2 batches. Thank you for your assistance and the wonderful recipes.

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