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Tender BBQ pork ribs cooked in the instant pot in just 30 minutes!
Instant Pot Ribs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Tender, flavorful, and delicious Instant Pot Ribs, cooked in just about 30 minutes! A great, easy meal made with your pressure cooker.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Unit: cup, racks, teaspoon
Servings: 6
Calories: 219 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
  • 1-2 racks pork ribs (*see note below)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple juice , or 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke , optional*
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce , homemade or store-bought (*see note)
  1. Remove membranes from the back of ribs, if needed.
  2. Rubs seasonings over both sides of ribs.

  3. Place wire trivet rack in the bottom of the instant pot.
  4. Add water, apple juice (or apple cider vinegar) and liquid smoke (optional, but recommended for that great smokey flavor).
  5. Place the ribs upright, with the meat side facing out. If you’re using one large rack of ribs, then circle them around the pot.
  6. Secure lid and close vent.
  7. Press “manual” or “pressure cook” and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.
  8. When the timer beeps, allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 min, then turn the valve to quick release.

  9. Carefully remove ribs to a large, foil-lined baking sheet and slather them in BBQ sauce.
  10. Optional: broil them in the oven for 2-3 minutes to caramelize the bbq sauce.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*For spare ribs, add 5-10 minutes to the cooking time (high number for higher altitudes and very “fall-off-the-bone” ribs, lower number for lower altitude and tender ribs).

*Liquid smoke can be found near the bbq sauces at your local grocery store. It will add an amazing smokey flavor to the ribs.

*For the BBQ sauce I prefer Sweet Baby Ray’s original, or this homemade bbq sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 456mg 19%
Potassium 350mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Sugars 15g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 3%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.