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Two racks of Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs on a serving platter.

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Tender barbecued baby back ribs are easy to make in the Instant Pot. These Instant Pot Ribs cook up moist and tender. Slip them in the oven under the broiler to make them golden brown. Slather them with your favorite barbecue sauce for that authentic barbecue flavor without all the fuss of a grill.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 day 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 25 kcal


  • 2 whole racks baby back ribs
  • ¼ cup Applewood Pork Rub
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
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  • Remove the ribs from the packaging and remove the thick fibrous skin from the back of the rack of ribs.
  • Place the ribs on a large baking sheet and generously sprinkle with pork rub. Rub the pork rub all over both sides of the ribs.
  • Wrap the baking sheet in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour but overnight is best.
  • Place the metal rack that came with the Instant Pot into the bottom of the Instant Pot insert.
  • Add the water, apple cider vinegar, and liquid smoke into the Instant Pot.
  • Place the rack of ribs into the Instant Pot.
  • Place the Instant Pot lid on the appliance, set the valve to the sealing position.
  • Press the manual button and set the time to 20 minutes.
  • Once the Instant Pot has finished pressure cooking allow the steam to naturally release for 10 minutes before releasing the steam.
  • Carefully open the lid of the Instant Pot away from your face to prevent a steam burn.
  • Transfer the pressure cooked ribs to a large baking sheet.
  • Turn the oven on broil at 475 F. degrees. Place the baking tray of ribs into the oven and broil for 5 to 10 minutes or until the ribs are golden brown.
  • Remove the ribs from the oven, brush with your favorite barbecue sauce and return to the oven for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the ribs to a serving platter. Cut the ribs into individual pieces and serve.
  • Makes 6 to 8 servings.


Recipe Expert Tips

  • Prep: Remove the thin membrane from the back of the ribs.
  • Pork rubs: pork rubs are really a must when making any type of barbecue pork. It adds so much flavor to the meat.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 25kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 8mgPotassium: 57mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 195IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 3mg
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