Tender Barbecue Ribs in the Instant Pot

Have tender ribs in under an hour!
Barbecued Ribs Instant Pot
Barbecued Ribs Instant Pot

Mmm! Ribs!

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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 a 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.

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 Dish
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2019-06-30
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1016kcal
Author: Adrienne Boswell



  • Baby back ribs


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon Penszey's Bicentennial Rub
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Cooking Liquid

  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves


  • Mise En Place
    Tender Barbecue Ribs in the Instant Pot
  • 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.
  • Have ready a half sheet pan lined with foil. When the ribs are done, take them out of the cooker and put them on the pan. Slather them generously with barbecue sauce on all sides and put them into the broiler for about 5 minutes or until the sauce is slightly browned and tacky.
  • The ribs are out of the broiler and ready to eat!
    Instant Pot Barbecued Ribs
  • Enjoy!


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 Facts
Tender Barbecue Ribs in the Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 1016 Calories from Fat 729
% Daily Value*
Fat 81g125%
Saturated Fat 30g188%
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 276mg92%
Sodium 514mg22%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 56g112%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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