Instant Pot Ribs

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 70 minutes

Servings: 6

Cost: $3.31 /serving


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Instant Pot Ribs


· 1-2 racks pork ribs ((*see note below))· 1 teaspoon salt· 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper· 1 teaspoon garlic powder· 1 teaspoon chili powder· 1 teaspoon onion powder· 1 teaspoon light brown sugar· 1 cup water· 1/2 cup apple juice (, or 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar)· 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (, optional*)· 1 cup barbecue sauce (, homemade or store-bought (*see note))


Step 1Remove membranes from the back of ribs, if needed.Step 2Rubs seasonings over both sides of ribs.Step 3Place wire trivet rack in the bottom of the instant pot.Step 4Add water, apple juice (or apple cider vinegar) and liquid smoke (optional, but recommended for that great smokey flavor).Step 5Place the ribs upright, with the meat side facing out. If you’re using one large rack of ribs, then circle them around the pot.Step 6Secure lid and close vent.Step 7Press “manual” or “pressure cook” and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.Step 8When the timer beeps, allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 min, then turn the valve to quick release.Step 9Carefully remove ribs to a large, foil-lined baking sheet and slather them in BBQ sauce.Step 10Optional: broil them in the oven for 2-3 minutes to caramelize the bbq sauce.