Instant Pot Ribs Recipe
This is the BEST Instant Pot ribs recipe out there. You’ll never make ribs another way again.When I came up with my dutch oven ribs recipe earlier this summer, I thought I’d found my go-to ribs recipe. Well, sorry, dutch oven…I have a new favorite now. Instant Pot BBQ Ribs…yes, you can make ribs in the Instant Pot, and yes, they are incredibly easy and amazing. I looked around on the Internet at different recipes, and I took bits and pieces of advice from each one to come up with this recipe…which I think is the best one around. For this recipe, I used four pounds of spare ribs that I had bought on sale at King Soopers awhile back and frozen. I will say, they just barely fit in my Instant Pot, but they were cooked perfectly all the way through. If you want your ribs to be falling-off-the-bone tender, you will want to cook them around 25 minutes – maybe a little less if you aren’t using four pounds like I am. I know that other cuts of ribs require a little less time, so if you aren’t using spare ribs, you may want to research how long. Or you can just go with the spare ribs and call it good 🙂 Anyways, there are three components to an amazing ribs recipe in the Instant Pot:
- The rub
- The liquid
- The BBQ sauce
- 4 lbs spare ribs
- 1-2 tbsp Dijon mustard, or yellow mustard
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, regular paprika is fine, too.
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon basi
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
Instant Pot liquid
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 can Dr Pepper
- BBQ sauce
- Remove membrane from the bottom of ribs (if it has not already been removed at the butcher)
- Spread a thin layer of mustard on top of the ribs
- Combine together spice rub ingredients.
- Cover ribs with the spice rub.
- Place the Instant Pot liquid in the bottom of the pot.
- Add the trivet to the pot.
- Put ribs on top of trivet - you may need to cut them in half to get them to fit
- Put lid on and set IP to 25 minutes of high manual pressure.
- Once the timer is done, let it release it's pressure naturally for 10 minutes, and then use the pressure valve to let it quick pressure release the rest.
- Get out a baking sheet and cover it with tin foil or a silicone baking mat.
- Place ribs on the baking sheet. Cover with a layer of cover bbq sauce.
- Broil on high for five minutes.
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.