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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.
Servings 2 - 4
Total Time 1 hr


  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • 2 carrots , roughly chopped
  • 2 - 3 drops liquid smoke

Dry Rub for Ribs:

BBQ Sauce for Ribs:


  • Prepare Baby Back Ribs: Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs with a butter knife and a paper towel.
  • Dry Rub 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.
  • Pressure Cook 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).
    *Pro Tip: If your Instant Pot is very sensitive to the "Burn Error", layer the Ketchup & Dijon mustard on top of the Ribs instead of mixing it into the BBQ sauce.
    Close lid and Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 16 – 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and Full Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.
    *Pro Tip: Adjust your cooking time according to your preference: 16 minutes (tender with a bit of chew) to 25 minutes (fall off the bone).
  • Preheat Oven: While the baby back ribs is cooking in the pressure cooker, preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Set Aside Baby Back Ribs: Carefully place the pressure cooked baby back ribs on a chopping board with kitchen tongs. Cover it with aluminum foil and set aside.
  • Filter the Fat (Optional Step): Filter the BBQ sauce with a strainer and remove the fat with an oil separator.
  • Reduce BBQ sauce: Place roughly chopped carrots into the BBQ sauce and bring your BBQ sauce to a simmer (Instant Pot: Press Sauté button once, then Adjust button to Saute Less Function).
    Continue to reduce and thicken the BBQ sauce by simmering until desired thickness (~6 - 8 mins). 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.
  • Apply Sauce and Finish in 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.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Serve the baby back ribs immediately with more homemade BBQ sauce along with the carrots.



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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 525kcal


Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1382mg | Potassium: 761mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 5783IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg