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Instant Pot BBQ Ribs
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5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

You’d never guess that these tender, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs can be made in under an hour. Start them in the Instant Pot and finish in the oven for the perfect balance of texture and flavor.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ, instant pot, potluck recipe, ribs
Servings: 6
Calories: 455kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef


  • 6-quart Instant Pot / pressure cooker
  • Instant Pot Rack
  • Half Sheet Pan
  • aluminum foil


  • 3 ½ lbs Baby back pork ribs (one large or two small racks of ribs; see note)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Spice Rub
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce (use your favorite)


  • Remove and discard membrane from ribs, if not already removed. (A good tutorial can be found here; some places you purchase ribs may already have this removed.)
  • Season the ribs with salt and pepper or use your favorite spice rub. (We use a BBQ spice rub from one of our favorite local restaurants.)
  • Add the Instant Pot rack to the pot. Pour in water and then add ribs. You can spiral the rack of ribs around the inside of the pot or slice the ribs into segments and stack them.
  • Lock the lid and use the manual setting to cook the ribs on high for 25 to 35 minutes (both ends of the cooking range will yield tender ribs, but in the higher timeframe the meat will be fall-off-the-bone).
  • Allow the pressure to naturally release for at least 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spread the ribs out on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Brush the top of the ribs with BBQ sauce.
  • Bake the ribs until the sauce forms a shiny glaze over the top, 15 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, with extra sauce for dipping.


Spare ribs can be used instead of baby back ribs. Spare ribs are larger, so will need longer to cook - add 5 minutes to the time for pressure cooking.


Serving: 5g | Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 522mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg