Tender BBQ pork ribs cooked in the instant pot in just 30 minutes!
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Instant Pot Ribs

Tender, flavorful, and delicious Instant Pot Ribs, cooked in just about 30 minutes! A great, easy meal made with your pressure cooker.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 219kcal
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)


  • Remove membranes from the back of ribs, if needed.
  • Rubs seasonings over both sides of ribs.
  • Place wire trivet rack in the bottom of the instant pot.
  • Add water, apple juice (or apple cider vinegar) and liquid smoke (optional, but recommended for that great smokey flavor).
  • 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.
  • Secure lid and close vent.
  • Press “manual” or “pressure cook” and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.
  • When the timer beeps, allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 min, then turn the valve to quick release.
  • Carefully remove ribs to a large, foil-lined baking sheet and slather them in BBQ sauce.
  • Optional: broil them in the oven for 2-3 minutes to caramelize the bbq sauce.



*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.


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 350mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.9mg