Instant Pot Ribs are the most delicious fall off the bone ribs you’ll ever make using your Instant Pot. The St.Louis Style Ribs are super easy and quick to make. Slather on some homemade rub and some sweet sticky barbecue sauce for the BEST finger-licking good barbecue ribs ever!
My husband was a bit skeptical at first about me cooking the ribs in the Instant Pot. He prides himself about being the KING of the grill, so he thought I lost my mind when I mentioned cooking the spare ribs in the Instant Pot!
Of course, I made a believer out of my husband once he tasted how juicy and tender the ribs were. Plus, he couldn’t get over the fact that my ribs took less than 45 minutes to cook compared to his slow-cooked ribs that usually take anywhere from 6 to 10 hours.
We used St. Louis Style ribs for this recipe although you could use baby back. Spare ribs have more meat and a higher fat content than baby back ribs. The fat content in the spare ribs gives them a great flavor as the fat cooks and melts away.
Don’t worry these ribs aren’t tough at all. The meat literally falls off the bones. Also, my homemade rub and Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce makes these ribs LIP SMACKING GOOD!!! Of course, you can use any barbecue sauce but, we prefer this brand.
How to Make Instant Pot Ribs
First, rinse off your ribs and pat dry. Next, remove the membrane on the back of the ribs with a knife.
Second, place your ribs on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and rub seasoning of your choice on both sides of the spare ribs or use my homemade dry rub (directions below on recipe card).
Third, pour liquid in the bottom of the inner pot. We used apple juice, though you could use water, beer, pineapple juice, Coke, or Dr.Pepper. Don’t forget to add some liquid smoke in the inner pot too. The liquid smoke will make the ribs taste like grilled ribs. Next, place your ribs in a circle on the trivet.
Fourth, place the lid on the pressure cooker, turn the knob to the sealing position. Press the manual button and set for 25 minutes. Once, cook time has elapsed let naturally release for 5 minutes then turn the knob to venting. After the valve goes down carefully open the lid and remove the ribs.
Last, turn the broiler on in the oven. Place the spare ribs on a pan lined with foil and slather on your favorite barbecue sauce. Put your barbecue sauced ribs under the broiler on low heat for 8-10 minutes to let ribs caramelize. Next, carefully remove the spare ribs from the oven and serve with your favorite side dish like this Instant Pot Mac and Cheese or a dessert like these Instant Pot Baked Apples.
How many ribs can be used for Instant Pot Ribs?
In an 8 quart Instant Pot, you can cook two slabs of ribs depending on the size and kind you’re cooking. St. Louis Style ribs (Spare ribs) tend to be bigger than baby back (Lion-back) ribs. Additionally, in a 6 quart, I suggest 1 to 1 1/2 slabs depending on the size of the ribs.Print
Instant Pot Ribs are the most delicious fall off the bone ribs you’ll ever make using your pressure cooker.
For Dry Rub:
- 1/3 cup chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 3 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon white pepper
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 rack of ribs 2-4 pounds, rinse & dried (we used St. Louis Style ribs)
- 2 cups Apple juice
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke ( you can omit liquid smoke if you want)
For Dry Rub
- Mix all the seasonings and brown sugar together in a bowl and set aside.
- Using a knife remove membrane from back of ribs. Next, rinse and pat ribs dry.
- Pour Apple juice and liquid smoke into inner pot.
- Rub dry rub all over the ribs. Place the ribs in a circle in the Instant Pot on a trivet.
- Press manual and set Instant Pot for 25 minutes high pressure. Close lid, turn knob to sealing.
- Once, cook time has elapsed let naturally release for 5 minutes, then turn knob to venting. After the valve goes down carefully open the lid and remove the ribs.
- Turn broiler on oven to low heat. Place the ribs on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Slather on your favorite barbecue sauce, broil for 8-10 minutes. Make sure not to let the ribs burn.
- Remove ribs from oven and enjoy!
You can use St.Louis Style Ribs or Baby Back Ribs for this recipe.
If you don’t care for liquid smoke you can omit it and use smoked paprika instead or omit this step altogether.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Instant Pot + Broiler
- Cuisine: Barbecue/ American
Keywords: Instant Pot, barbecue, bbq, ribs, Sweet Baby Ray’s, St.Louis Style ribs, easy recipe, dinner
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