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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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!
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.
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.
Need a Good 10 Minute BBQ Sauce?
Try my this Red Wine BBQ Sauce!
The Recipe: Baby Back Ribs (Instant Pot)
Tips and what you will need: an Instant Pot , a rimmed cookie sheet, and unbleached parchment paper.
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.
- 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)
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.
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.
Add ribs to pot, meat side down (bone side up).
Seal cooker and be sure the release valve is turned to the 'sealed' position.
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.
It will take a few minutes for the the pressure cooker to build pressure.
When it does the little plunger on the top may release a little steam. That is ok.
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)
Have a rimmed cookie sheet covered with parchment paper ready.
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.
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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Wow! I would love to make this recipe soon. Looks great!
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!
This blog made my mouth water for some lip-smacking tasty ribs! I wish I had seen this recipe sooner, so I can cook it last night when I had guests. I’ll definitely save this for the next dinner party I host for friends.
Wow this sounds amazing! My husband would love these! I would too 😉 Pinned + sharing.
We love them. They are so tender!
ribs look great and i’m intrigued by this smartcooker!
These ribs look amazing! And that Instant Pot….Now I know what I want for Christmas!!
Glad you entered!
Oh my, oh my, oh my! Love your idea to make these in December with the Instant Pot. WHAT a recipe!
What a nice giveaway! Thanks!
Those ribs look amazing! I’m hoping for an InstaPot for Christmas 🙂
Thanks! I hope Santa brings you an IP!
What an easy way to make ribs!
Those ribs look amazing and that pot sounds fabulous
Oh wow! This looks fantastic! I have never used an instant pot before
I am loving my IP and I was very skeptical of how I would like it! This looks like a great recipe – we just bought a pig and my husband really wants me to make the ribs!
I was too! I really didn’t need another kitchen gadget but when I figured out I could get rid of the crock pot, rice cooker and pressure cooker so it was a win/win!
Those ribs are finger licking good! Wish I could grab a piece right now!
I love ribs! These look fantastic!
These look so good, especially with that red wine bbq sauce, yum!
Thank You! My hubby love’s ribs, I’m going to have to give this a try 🙂
Another amazing recipe, and a great giveaway! Thanks.
I love ribs and am very curious about the InstaPot! I keep hearing about them, I would love to try one.
Just got my cooker, love ribs. Can’t wait to try this recipe. What temp should the oven be when heating after refrigerating? I want to make a large batch of ribs for pot luck, so will make them ahead of time, then do oven later.
I have never done that… you will have to experiment and let me know! Thanks!
What temp should the oven be for finishing ribs after refrigerating? Can’t wait to try this recipe
400 degrees. It’s there. You must have missed it. Enjoy!
I made this last night! Very good and we loved the sauce! We broiled at the end to crisp them up a little…perfect!
Nice! So glad you liked them!
my partner just loved this recipe, thanks! btw, your pin button is broken, no image so pinterest wouldn’t let me pin this…
I’ll check the pin. Thanks!
Katie I just checked the pin and it works for me. Try switching browsers maybe???
I love the sauce, you take time to develope each flavor before adding the next element, the ribs come out of the cooker in one piece, sauced and in the oven now, can’t wait to bite into one, I added a walnut sized price of ginger cut into bacon bitz sized pieces and three green onions to the pressure cooker, I will oven cook them till the sauce is a hot bubbly glaze, yummy recipe, wish I could send you a picture, they turned out beautiful!!!
This recipe is soooo good, I’m making it again today with two hours before I have to go to work to share with my fellow employees in a 4 star restaurant ?
Nice! Enjoy and thanks!
Hi – I am curious about how to amend the recipe for two racks of ribs. What amount of liquid would you use and would you change the time at all?
I have never done two racks but I have done a rack and a half. I left the liquid exactly the same:)
These ribs were awesome! We finished them on the grill rather than the oven. My husband normally spends hours and hours smoking ribs and I hate to say it, but these turned out better in less than one hour! The sauce is AMAZING! I’m in love and will be using it on chicken, burgers, everything!
Yay! I love to hear that! Thank you.
How about another instant pot giveaway? 😉
Haha! You may be right. It might just be time…
Made these tonight & they were great! I’ve always been too intimidated to cook ribs. These were super easy and SO tasty!
yay! I love hearing that!
Good morning – Thank you very much for your all recipes. I would like to know if you are going to have your cookbooks again for sale.
Hi Fabiana. Thanks for your question. My cookbooks are no longer available and probably won’t be reprinted as the cost of self publishing is just too high. But maybe some time in the future I might publish a new cook book.
Instant Pot ribs are a hubby-pleaser for sure!
Love ribs, and the Instant Pot makes these so easy to make! The BBQ sauce is so addicting.
WOW. This looks SO easy and sounds SO delicious!
I have been on the lookout for a new ribs recipes.. and here it is!
I have apple juice so will use that in my IP as soon as I can get my hands on some ribs!
Yes! I love making ribs in my Instant Pot! So fast and easy. Can’t wait to try your version with that red wine BBQ sauce!