instant pot ribs on a cutting board

Instant Pot Ribs

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: main course
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Instant Pot Ribs are every bit as flavorful and tender as traditionally cooked ribs in a fraction of the time! Using a pressure cooker makes this rib recipe easy and delicious, even for beginner cooks!



  • 2 racks baby back ribs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup liquid-choose from apple juice, apple cider vinegar, or beef or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
  • your favorite barbecue sauce (optional)


  1. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. (see note below)
  2. Mix spices and brown sugar and rub both sides of the ribs generously with the dry rub.
  3. Place wire rack in the Instant Pot.
  4. Arrange the ribs upright in the Instant Pot around the edge. Layer a second rack inside of the first if neeeded.
  5. Pour the liquid into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  6. Seal lid and close vent. Set it to manual mode for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Allow pressure to release naturally at least 15 minutes before venting.
  8. If you want to sauce the ribs, carefully remove them to a baking sheet (line with foil for easiest cleanup.) Brush ribs with barbecue sauce and broil in the oven 2-3 minutes to caramelize the sauce.

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