Baby back ribs are the the ribs from higher up towards the spine on the animal. They are often shorter than spare ribs, this is why they are called baby back. You can season the ribs the night before and pop them in the Instant Pot when you ready to eat. The pressure cooker builds up steam and helps to both cook the meat faster and keep the flavor in. For example, you can cook a full roast in an hour, where that would take you much longer in an oven. This method for pressure cooker ribs is a lot like making ribs in the slow cooker, only it’s a lot faster. Instead of making fall-off-the-bone ribs in a few hours, you’ll devouring these ribs in less than an hour. Ribs are the perfect vehicle for getting sweet, smoky, tangy barbecue sauce to your face.
Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe
- 1 (2.5 lb. to 3 lb.) rack of baby back pork ribs
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp each: sea salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp liquid smoke, optional
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
Remove the lining from the bottom side of the ribs by running a butter knife under the skin and then using a paper towel to grip and remove completely. Combine the brown sugar, chili powder, parsley, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper in a small dish and rub all over the ribs.
Place the rack in your pressure cooker and place the ribs inside the pot, standing on their side, wrapping around the inside of the pot. Pour in the water, apple cider and liquid smoke (if using), being careful to not wash off any of the seasonings.
Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed. Press the Meat button and set to 25 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest of the way. Carefully remove the ribs from the pressure cooker and set on a foil lined baking sheet. Brush down with your favorite BBQ sauce, and pop under the broiler for 5 minutes. Watch closely to prevent burning. Cut into individual ribs for serving.
Amount Per Serving
- Calories 521
- Total Fat 16.8 g
- Cholesterol 209.8 mg
- Sodium 588 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 28.4 g
- Sugars 23.1 g
- Protein 59.9 g