Instant Pot Ribs

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(Last Updated On: March 18, 2019)
Instant Pot Ribs:  Tender, fall off the bone ribs with a flavorful dry rub. Finger licking goodness in under 35 minutes!
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Baby back ribs have been a staple in the BBQ world for as long as anyone can remember, and a delicious one at that! However, many people are a little anxious when it comes to cooking them. Their appearance is a bit intimidating ,and it’s hard to know exactly where to start! Once again, instant pot to the rescue. This instant pot baby back ribs recipe will take away all the worry about cooking this yummy protein. It is a great new recipe to add to your your repertoire all year round.
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What Are Baby Back Ribs?

Baby back ribs are also known as pork loin back ribs, back ribs, and loin ribs. They’re the cut of the meat from where the rib meets the spine after the loin is removed. They’re smaller than spare ribs, which is where the “baby” term comes from. They contain about 10 to 13 curved ribs. I used them for this instant pot ribs recipe because they are very tender and lean.
instant pot ribs recipe

Instant Pot Ribs Recipe

To start, rinse the ribs and pat them dry. Then, remove the thin membrane from the back of the ribs. nt pot.
Next, coat them with the dry rub. Place a trivet or rack in the bottom the instant pot and add the broth or water and the liquid smoke. Circle ribs around trivet, and sprinkle with the onion and garlic.
Close the lid and set to manual high pressure for 23 minutes. When the timer goes off, all pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Then release any remaining pressure.
Finally, brush with barbecue sauce and broil or grill until charred.
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Ribs Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Remove The Membrane? The membrane is a piece of tissue attached to the underside of the ribs. It doesn’t soften when it’s cooked. If you leave it on they may come out tough and chewy. In addition, it would form a barrier against any kind of seasoning you put on it, like the dry rub mentioned above. 

How Do You Remove the Membrane From Ribs? You can tell which side has the membrane by looking at where you can clearly see the rib bones. The membrane is a white band that stretches across the back of the ribs. To remove the membrane, use a knife to pull up the membrane on one corner.  Once you have the corner started, peel it away from the ribs along its length. You can use a paper towel to help keep a firm grip on the membrane, since it tends to be a bit slippery. When full removed, you can discard the membrane and continue with your seasoning and prep.
Can I Put Frozen Ribs In The Instant Pot? Yes, you can use frozen instead of fresh ribs for this country style ribs recipe.  However, you will need to cook them for a longer amount of time. This will ensure they cook through.

What To Serve With Ribs

Baby back ribs are perfect with any backyard BBQ side dishes. Some of my favorites include macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, and corn on the cob. They also make a lovely dinner with potatoes and green beans. On the other hand, many think the hot, steamy ribs go best with a colder side dish like macaroni salad

Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Ribs:  Tender, fall off the bone ribs with a flavorful dry rub. Finger licking goodness in under 35 minutes!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Baby Back, Barbeque, BBQ, Best, Bone In, Dry Rub, Instant Pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 97kcal
Author Krystle
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For The Instant Pot Ribs

  • 1 Rack Baby Back Ribs
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 Sweet Onion Sliced
  • 6 Tablespoons Dry Rub See below
  • Barbecue Sauce If Desired

For the Dry Rub


  • First, rinse ribs and pat dry. Remove the membrane.
  • Mix all dry rub ingredients together. Massage dry rub into ribs.
  • Place trivet into the bottom of the instant pot. Pour in broth and liquid smoke.
  • Circle ribs around the trivet. Pour in onion and garlic.
  • Seal pressure valve, and cook on manual high pressure for 23 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes.
  • Release remaining pressure.
  • Brush with barbecue sauce if desired. Broil or grill until charred.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1900IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 3.7mg
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 Recipe adapted via Spend With Pennies 
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