Instant Pot Ribs Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 42 minutes
  • Total Time: 52 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


With this recipe for Instant Pot Ribs, you can have tender, flavorful ribs on the table in under an hour. It’s true!


Units Scale
  • 23 lbs. baby back ribs, membrane removed
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • Your favorite barbecue sauce


  1. Rinse the ribs and pat dry. Remove the membrane from the bone side of the ribs. For a quick tutorial, check out this video.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over both sides of the ribs.
  4. Put the trivet in the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Pour the water and apple cider vinegar in.
  5. Roll the ribs into a “C” shape and place them with the cut side of the ribs on the trivet.
  6. Close and lock the lid. Make sure the steam release handle is in the sealed position.
  7. Select PRESSURE COOK and cook on high. Adjust the [+] or [-] button to set 22 minutes of pressure cooking time. If you prefer fall-off-the-bone, set the timer for 28 minutes.
  8. When time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Then turn the steam release handle to the venting position to release any remaining steam.
  9. When the valve has dropped, unlock the lid and open carefully.
  10. Transfer the ribs to a baking sheet, brush with your favorite barbecue sauce and place under the broiler until darkened in spots, 3 – 4 minutes. Flip and do the other side as well. Alternatively, brush ribs with sauce and then grill them over direct heat just until some grill marks appear, 3-4 minutes. Flip and do the other side as well.
  11. Serve with extra barbecue sauce and plenty of napkins.

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If you prefer spare ribs, increase the pressure cooking time to 30 minutes and allow to release naturally for 15 minutes.