Did you know that you can enjoy BBQ ribs any time of year thanks to the Instant Pot? These “BBQ” Baby Back Ribs (Instant Pot) are super easy, and ‘fall off the bone’ good!
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"BBQ" Baby Back Ribs (Instant Pot) set on a wooden cutting board surrounded by bowls of BBQ sauce, tomatoes, potatoes and herbs


Let’s Talk Instant Pot!

So if you haven’t already heard, the Instant Pot is an amazing new small appliance that takes the place of a rice cooker, a pressure cooker, a steamer and a crock pot! It makes everything from quiche, rice and oatmeal to whole chickens, Tacos De Papa, Pulled Pork and Pulled Chicken to chicken broth (broth in 30 minutes with no smell!) It’s really quite amazing.

BBQ Ribs in January Through December, Crazy Right?

If you think these ribs look incredible, believe me when I tell you they taste even better! And they are so easy to make. You push a couple of buttons and walk away. No lie. The hardest part in fact, is removing the ribs from the Instant Pot without all the meat falling off the bone!

"BBQ" Baby Back Ribs (Instant Pot) set on a wooden cutting board surrounded by bowls of BBQ sauce, tomatoes, potatoes and a black and white dish towel


So How Do You Do It?

Simply put the ribs in the Instant Pot with white grape juice and a little apple cider vinegar to braise, then pressure cook them for a half an hour. Remove them from the pot, slather them with your favorite BBQ Sauce and then broil them in the oven or put them on the grill for six minutes just to caramelize the sauce!

And seriously, the meat is so tender that it literally falls off the bone.

A collage of pictures showing the ingredients and process for making "BBQ" Baby Back Ribs (Instant Pot)



So Easy, So Good!

I hope you’ll give these ribs a try. The Instant Pot changes the rib game, making them easy and quick but just as tender and delicious as ribs made on the grill.

"BBQ" Baby Back Ribs (Instant Pot) on wood surface surrounded by bowls of vegetables and two salt and pepper skaers


Need a Good 10 Minute BBQ Sauce?

Try my this Red Wine BBQ Sauce!

A bowl of BBQ sauce to be used in making "BBQ" Baby Back Ribs (Instant Pot)


The Recipe: Baby Back Ribs (Instant Pot)

Tips and what you will need:  an Instant Pot , a rimmed cookie sheet, and unbleached parchment paper.

4.8 from 5 votes
"BBQ" Baby Back Ribs in the Instant Pot
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

A quick and easy rib made in a pressure cooker, then slathered in a homemade red wine BBQ sauce. If you wish to make more than one rack, cook in the Instant Pot separately and then finish in the oven together.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, Instant Pot
Author: Linda Spiker
For Ribs:
  • 1 rack baby back ribs, cut in half
  • 4 cups white grape juice (pear juice and apple juice work too)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce (see my recipe linked above)
For ribs:
  1. If your butcher hasn't already done so (mine always does) strip the membrane on the back of the ribs buy grabbing with a rag or paper towel and pulling down. The membrane should come off in one piece.Then cut ribs in half by turning meat side down and cutting between the two ribs in the center of rack.

  2. Pour grape juice and apple cider vinegar into Instant Pot and press "sauté". The cooker will beep and turn 'on'. After several minutes the juice will start to steam.
  3. Add ribs to pot, meat side down (bone side up).
  4. Seal cooker and be sure the release valve is turned to the 'sealed' position.
  5. Press "cancel", then "manual", then press + or the minus - button to set the time for 30 minutes, press "pressure cook" and make sure it's on high. You will hear a beep and the machine will say "on". Walk away! After several minutes the timer will turn to "30" and the countdown will begin.
  6. It will take a few minutes for the the pressure cooker to build pressure.
  7. When it does the little plunger on the top may release a little steam. That is ok.
  8. When pressure cooker is done you will hear some beeps. Then the cooker will move into "keep warm" mode. You can let ribs sit for 10 minutes then use a wooden spoon or oven mitt to turn the pressure release valve to the vent position. Steam will shoot out of the top of cooker. When steam has been released open lid. Turn on your broiler and place oven rack in center position. (If preferred you can finish on the grill. Set temp at 425 and grill for six minutes or until sauce is caramelized)

  9. Have a rimmed cookie sheet covered with parchment paper ready.
  10. Very carefully remove ribs from cooker, the meat very easily falls off the bone! I use tongs to grab and a spatula for support. These ribs are really tender.

  11. Place meat side up on parchment covered cookie sheet, brush with BBQ sauce and place under the broiler for 6 minutes. Remove and eat!


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