These Pressure Cooker Ribs are falling-off-the-bone delicious, and they’re so easy to make! You’ll never go back to slow cooker or grilled ribs again! Plus, you can make these regardless of the weather!
If you love easy summer meals, then you will love this pressure cooker recipe. It takes the effort out of your favorite warm-weather meal.
Pressure Cooker Rib
The best thing about a pressure cooker is that it makes meat and proteins super tender. Cooking with pressure not only seals in flavor but also moisture.
If you’ve ever had a hard time getting ribs tender on the grill then this is the recipe for you. These pressure cooker ribs come out fall-off-the-bone every. single. time.
Since the pressure cooker does all of the work, you can sit back and enjoy this Whipped Pina Colada Recipe with Coconut Milk at your summer BBQ with friends and family, without having to worry about your food.
Why I Love This Recipe
These Pressure Cooker Ribs will be the highlight of your next cookout! They’re fall-off-the-bone delicious, and you can make them regardless of what’s going on outside.
- Easy to make
- Always a hit at parties
- Perfect for picky eaters
- Fills the house with a delicious aroma
If you love easy Instant Pot recipes, you may also enjoy this Instant Pot BBQ Chicken recipe.
You only need a few ingredients to make these Instant Pot baby back ribs. All of these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store.
- baby back pork ribs
- brown sugar
- sea salt
- garlic powder
- ground black pepper
- apple cider vinegar
Vinegar: If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, you can use white vinegar or even red wine vinegar.
Ribs: I like to use baby back pork ribs for this recipe because they’re smaller and cook faster. However, you can also use spare ribs if you prefer.
Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools
You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make these delicious pressure cooker ribs.
How to Make Pressure Cooker Ribs
Making these pressure cooker ribs is a breeze. You only need a few simple ingredients, and the process is very straightforward.
Step 1: Peel the membrane off the back of the ribs
Peel the membrane off the back of the ribs.
Step 2: Mix the seasonings to make a dry rub
In a small bowl mix together all of your dry ingredients to make your rub.
Step 3: Rub the dry ingredients into the ribs
Massage the dry ingredients on the top layer of your ribs.
Step 4: Add the apple cider to the bottom of the instant pot and add the trivet
Pour your apple cider mixture into the bottom of your instant pot. Place the trivet inside. Place your ribs inside the instant pot.
Step 5: Pressure cook on manual high pressure
Close the lid on your instant pot and close the sealing valve. Set your instant pot to high pressure for 20 minutes.
Step 6: Naturally release the pressure
Once your instant pot is done cooking, allow it to naturally release for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, manually release by opening the sealing valve and releasing the pressure.
Step 7: Place the ribs on a cookie sheet and coat in bbq sauce
Remove your ribs to a cookie sheet. Add your desired amount of barbecue sauce to the top of the ribs over the rub.
Step 8: Place the ribs n the broiler
Broil in the oven for about five minutes, or until your barbecue sauce is bubbly.
Step 9: Allow the ribs to cool and then enjoy
Allow the ribs to cool for a couple more minutes, cut into sections, and enjoy! You can top it with more barbecue sauce if you like.
Variations / Options / Add-Ins
There are a few things you can do to change up this recipe to make it your own.
Try using different types of ribs: You can use spare ribs or even country-style pork ribs in this recipe. Just keep in mind that the cooking time may vary slightly depending on the type of ribs you use.
Use a different type of BBQ sauce: If you’re not a fan of the traditional sweet barbecue sauce, you can try using a hot sauce or even a vinegar-based sauce.
Add some vegetables: You can also add some chopped vegetables to this recipe. I like to add things like carrots, celery, and onion. Just add them to the pressure cooker with the ribs and cook according to the recipe.
These ribs are delicious on their own, but there are a few things you can do to make them even better.
- Serve them with a side of coleslaw or a green salad.
- You could also serve them with some roasted potatoes or sweet potato fries.
- For a heartier meal, you could serve them with some rice or quinoa.
Do you have questions about this pressure cooker ribs recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.:
These ribs will last in the fridge for up to 3 days. I would recommend storing them in an airtight container or wrapping them tightly in foil.
The best way to reheat these ribs is in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place the ribs on a baking sheet. Cover with foil and heat for about 20 minutes, or until heated through.
Yes, you can freeze these ribs. I would recommend freezing them in individual servings so that you can thaw and reheat them as needed.
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Pressure Cooker Ribs
- 2 pounds baby back pork ribs
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- Peel the membrane off the back of the ribs.
- In a small bowl mix together all of your dry ingredients to make your rub.
- Massage the dry ingredients on the top layer of your ribs.
- Pour your apple cider mixture in the bottom of your instant pot. Place the trivet inside. Place your ribs inside the instant pot.
- Close the lid on your instant pot and close the sealing valve. Set your instant pot to high-pressure for 20 minutes.
- Once your instant pot is done cooking, allow it to naturally release for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, manually release by opening the sealing valve and releasing the pressure.
- Remove your ribs to a cookie sheet. Add your desired amount of barbecue sauce to the top of the ribs over the rub.
- Broil in the oven for about five minutes, or until your barbecue sauce is bubbly.
- Allow the ribs to cool for a couple more minutes, cut into sections, and enjoy! You can top with more barbecue sauce if you like.
Need to run to the store for a few ingredients first? Don’t forget to pin this recipe so you can find it when you’re ready to cook!