Instant Pot Tender Barbecue Ribs

Have tender ribs in under an hour!
Tender Barbecue Ribs in the Instant Pot

Last Updated on April 24, 2022

Barbecued Ribs Instant Pot
Mmm! Ribs from the Instant Pot!

These tender barbeque ribs are made in the Instant Pot, so they are quick to make and very tender. You don’t need hours and hours to enjoy a summer favorite.

I made these for Memorial Day. Usually, I make Babyback Ribs in the Nesco, but I didn’t have a lot of time, so I decided to try the Instant Pot. Of course, you can do these in any pressure cooker, I just happen to have one of those.

The trick to making tasty ribs is to use a good rub and flavorful liquid. Let the rub sit on the ribs for a while in the refrigerator to “marinate”, about half an hour is good. To get a nice glaze on the ribs, put them in the oven after they come out of the pressure cooker. They are “fall off the bone” tender, succulent, and very close to outdoor ribs.

When the ribs have finished cooking in the Instant Pot, you can paint them with barbecue sauce and put them in the broiler to brown them. But, in the summer when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen, a roaster air fryer comes in handy and browns them to perfection.

What to Serve with Barbecue Ribs

Before you start your ribs, you can cook potatoes in your Instant Pot for Potato Salad. The potato salad can get nice and cold while the ribs are cooking. You can’t get much better than that!

Let’s Make Barbecue Ribs in the Instant Pot

Another thing that makes the rub for these ribs special is the Penzey’s Bicentennial Rub.

Barbecued Ribs Instant Pot

Tender Barbecue Ribs in the Instant Pot

Have tender ribs in under an hour!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2019-06-30
Servings (slide to adjust): 4 servings
Calories: 1016kcal

Ingredients

  • Baby back ribs

Rub

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon Penszey’s Bicentennial Rub
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Cooking Liquid

  • ½ cup red wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.

Instructions

  • Mise En Place
  • First, make the rub by combining everything together.
  • Next, prepare the ribs for cooking. Remove the silver skin and any other loose pieces of meat or fat. To make the ribs able to fit in the pot, cut them in pieces, and cut down almost to the bone for every single piece.
  • Rub the pieces generously all over, front, sides and back, with the rub and let them sit in the refrigerator for about a half an hour so they can soak up all that goodness.
  • Ribs prepped and rubbed
    Ribs with rub and prepped
  • Put the wine, water, and garlic cloves into the inner pot with the rack. If you don’t have a rack, you could use a steamer basket or foil. Don’t worry about chopping the garlic, just break it up into a few pieces. You can see the Mise En Place above to see how it goes.
  • Remove the ribs from the refrigerator and put them on the rack. Seal the pot.
  • Put the pot on high for 20 minutes. Use the Natural Release method.
  • When the ribs are done, take them out of the cooker.

Using the Broiler

  • Have ready a half sheet pan lined with foil. Put the ribs on the foil. Slather them generously with barbecue sauce on all sides. Put them into the broiler for about 5 minutes or until the sauce is slightly browned and tacky.

For the Air Fryer

  • Put a piece of parchment paper on a rack for your air fryer. Put the ribs on the rack and slather them generously with barbecue sauce. Put them on 400 F / 204.4 C for 5 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling.
  • The ribs are served and ready to eat!
    Instant Pot Barbecued Ribs
  • Enjoy!

Notes

You don’t have to use my Boswell Barbecue Sauce, but, I think you’ll like it. It’s nice and sweet, sour, smokey and spicy.

Nutrition

Serving: 441gCalories: 1016kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 56gFat: 81gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 276mgSodium: 514mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8g
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