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Pressure Cooker Ribs


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5 from 2 votes
Cook Time : 35 mins
Total Time : 40 mins
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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.

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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 a 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.

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Ingredients

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
  • paprika
  • ground black pepper
  • apple cider vinegar
  • water
Pressure Cooker Ribs ingredients

Substitutions

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.

seasoning in a white bowl next to uncooked ribs on a pan

Step 3: Rub the dry ingredients into the ribs

Massage the dry ingredients on the top layer of your ribs.

uncooked ribs rubbed with seasoning

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.

uncooked 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.

cooked ribs in the Instant Pot

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.

ribs topped with barbecue sauce on a baking pan

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.

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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.

Serving Suggestions

These ribs are delicious on their own, but there are a few things you can do to make them even better.

Pressure Cooker Ribs on a white plate next to an instant pot and sauce in a glass bowl with a spoon in it

FAQs

Do you have questions about this pressure cooker ribs recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.:

How to store

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.

How to reheat

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.

Can you freeze them?

Yes, you can freeze these ribs. I would recommend freezing them in individual servings so that you can thaw and reheat them as needed.

Pressure Cooker Ribs on a white plate next to an instant pot and sauce in a glass bowl with a spoon in it

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Pressure Cooker Ribs Recipe

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Pressure Cooker Ribs

Corinne Schmitt
Pressure Cooker Ribs are falling-off-the-bone delicious, and they’re so easy to make!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 349 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 27gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 1004mgPotassium: 424mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 279IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
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