Instant Pot Ribs – the stuff dreams are made of! Is it really possible to have fall-off-the-bone-tender baby back ribs in about half an hour?? And the answer is…
YES it’s absolutely possible with the Instant Pot. It’s no surprise the Instant Pot Ribs recipe is one of the most requested out there in the blogosphere, and I’m here to show you how it’s done!
Easy peasy! Honestly, one of the easiest recipes EVER! (Exciting news!! My Instant Pot Authorized Cookbook is now available on Amazon! Check it out here!)
Now to be clear, I do love the fabulous aroma that accompanies hours and hours of slow cooking baby back ribs. I even wrote this post on the surprisingly wonderful and tender ribs my fabulous husband made us for the Super Bowl (yes, it was a relationship challenging moment, but we most definitely survived! 😉 )
There are times, though, that I’m SO in the mood for tender, juicy, flavorful baby back ribs, but we simply don’t have hours and hours. And hours. Especially when we’re out RVing. I was ecstatic to learn that I don’t have to forgo my pork craving just because I don’t have time. Yay Instant Pot Ribs!
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You all know by now how much I love my Instant Pot for everything from hard-boiled eggs to steel cut oatmeal to carnitas to cake. Well, these Instant Pot Ribs are my new favorite! Perfect for fall. Perfect for football season.
And perfect when you're out camping in your RV and want something a little special. (A lot special!)
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Here's How To Make Instant Pot Ribs (don't blink or you'll miss it)
Remove membrane from back of a slab of baby back ribs. Generously coat with salt and pepper. Cut the full slab in half. Add 1 cup apple juice to the Instant Pot, then add the ribs, meaty side down. Drizzle barbeque sauce on top of ribs. Close Instant Pot lid and make sure it is set to "sealing." Turn on timer to manual for 25 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes after timer goes off.
Turn the valve to "venting" to let steam escape. After steam has escaped, remove lid. Place ribs meaty side up on a baking sheet and coat with additional barbeque sauce. Broil in a preheated oven (or toss them on the grill) for 10 minutes until nicely charred on the outside! Dig in! (Have lots of napkins handy for this one!) (Don't forget... My Instant Pot Authorized Cookbook is now available on Amazon! Check it out here!)
The Instant Pot makes the ribs fall off the bone tender, and the boiler or grill finishes them off with a beautifully caramelized crust.
Pick a barbeque sauce you love - whether it's store-bought or homemade, any sauce will do! I use store-bought when we're out camping since we all know it's gotta be tasty, simple, and easy to clean.
And if you need another super easy (and super amazing) Instant Pot meal, try these Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in creamy mushroom gravy! Yum!!
No, it turns out I'm not dreaming. It really is possible to have tender, flavorful, delicious Instant Pot Ribs no matter where you are or how much time you have (well... you do need at least half an hour...).
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If you're looking for something to pair with the Ribs, try this amazing Caramel Apple Salad!
And if you're still interested in "traditional" ribs, check out this post!
- 1 Slab Baby Back Ribs
- 2 Teaspoons salt
- 2 Teaspoons Pepper
- 1 Cup Apple Juice
- 1 Cup BBQ Sauce, Divided (1/4 cup and 3/4 cup)
- Liberally salt and pepper both sides of slab of ribs. Cut slab in half if it's too big for your Instant Pot.
- Pour apple juice into Instant Pot. Place ribs into pot, drizzle with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and secure lid. Make sure it's set to "sealing." Set it to Manual timer for 25 minutes. It will take a few minutes to heat up and seal the vent. Once timer counts down, let sit another 5 minutes then release steam by turning valve to "venting." Turn on oven to broil (or heat your grill) while you're waiting for the 5 minute resting time.
- Remove ribs from Instant Pot and place on a baking sheet. Slather on both sides with remaining sauce. Place under broiler (or on grill) for 5-10 minutes, watching carefully so it doesn't burn. Remove and brush with a bit more sauce. Pull apart and dig in!