Instant Pot Ribs

You will score big with these easy Instant Pot Ribs. They are tender, juicy, and just fall of the bone delicious! Whether you're using baby back ribs or pork loin ribs, pressure cooking them will take a fraction of the time to prep the whole meal!

I have to be honest with you, I actually haven't tried making ribs in the oven - so I may be a little biased when I say this is my favorite method. If I can get away with a recipe being in the Instant Pot, count me in!

But seriously though, I've tested this recipe three times, and I have to say, for someone who never liked ribs, this has been a game changer! It's meaty, tender, juicy, and falls of the bone. It took me less than hour from start to finish. So next time you have friends over for a Super Bowl game or BBQ cookout, be sure to whip these up!

The Best Instant Pot Ribs

Unlike some rib recipes where it could take hours and require more active tending, the Instant Pot actually requires more hands free and you'll be done in record speed. My biggest issue with ribs way back when, is that they always came out dry from the oven and almost never fell of the bone. Hence why I never loved Ribs to begin with. But this recipe actually gives you that freedom to tweak it and it always comes out very moist and full of flavor.

On that note, I have a few tips to guarantee you the best ribs possible.

And Lets not forget the BBQ sauce! I've tried tons of barbeque sauce, and none have stood out to be except Stubb's BBQ Sauce. Hands down, the BEST one I've ever tasted!

  • Liquid Smoke. I've never used this, and it might sound fancy, but it's actually widely available! If you love a good Smokey finish to your meat, then the Liquid Smoke will do just that. And it's a pretty good hack instead of waiting for hours around the smoker.
  • Choose Your Favorite Ribs. Any thing that fit in the Instant Pot, you can use! So pick your favorite! The amount of time to cook the ribs will vary slightly on the kind of ribs your choose.

The two most common types of ribs are Baby Back Ribs and Spare Ribs. Here are a few differences.

  • Back Baby Ribs. They're the smallest and probably the most tender. Also my favorite! - 25 minutes on high pressure and 15 minutes natural release.
  • Spare Ribs. These will appear much larger, meatier, and fattier. Don't be surprised if your man loves this one more! They really are to die for! - 30 minutes on high pressure and 20 to 25 minutes natural release.

Broil For Extra Crispiness and Color

After the ribs are done cooking in the Instant Pot, transfer them to a wired rack and brush them with your BBQ sauce. I actually like to also boil them in the oven for a few minutes. Broiling will lightly crisp the top and slightly caramelize the sauce to become sweet and thick. You can apply a little bit extra sauce after you boil it too.

Serving Ribs

Some of my favorite side dishes to go along with ribs are:

  • Roasted Baby Potatoes
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Easy Breakfast Potatoes
  • Baked Fries

Aside from potatoes, you can also make:

  • Roasted Veggies
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Salads

More Meat Made Easy Recipes

Making this recipe blog made me hungry for some easy meaty recipes! How about you?? Here are some of my other personally favorite meals made easy.

Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
30 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
50 minutes
4-6 Servings


  • 1 Rack Baby Back Ribs
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Stubb's Barbecue Sauce, or your favorite barbecue sauce
  • Favorite Seasonings


  1. Rinse and pat the ribs dry.
  2. Placing your ribs on a flat surface, season it with your favorite seasonings. I love the Kinder's Rub Buttery Steakhouse seasoning.
  3. Place a trivet or rack in the bottom of a 6-quart Instant Pot. Pour in water, apple cider vinegar, and about 1/8 to 1/4 cup BBQ sauce. Place your seasoned ribs inside the pot, meat side out.
  4. Cover and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes, following a 10-15 minutes natural pressure release.
  5. Using two sets of tongs, carefully transfer the ribs to a baking sheet lined with a wire rack. Brush the top and side with some BBQ sauce. Broil in the center of the oven for about 5 to 6 minutes. Serve with more BBQ sauce if desired.

Recipe notes

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