Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe



Do you love ribs, but don’t want to wait hours to achieve that mouthwatering fall-off-the-bone texture? Then it is time to try my Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe! With the Instant Pot you are just 30 minutes away from the perfect rack every time!



Baby Back Ribs Recipe


Ribs are one of my favorite summertime foods. Perfect for a family BBQ or larger get together, ribs make a bold statement.

I love to grill food, but sometimes I don’t have the time to labour over a smoker or grill. Thankfully, the Instant Pot comes to the rescue and shaves off several hours of time!

I can safely say that the Instant Pot Ribs Recipe cooks the meat so tenderly and truly so perfectly. Instant Pot ribs are so easy and the meat falls right off the bone. The cooking time is so much quicker in the Instant Pot than in the oven and you can achieve the same texture, too, with my Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe!

Some helpful tips for Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs:

  1. Remove the silver skin on the back side of the ribs for tender fall-off-the-bone ribs. 
  2. Season the ribs with a good dry rub. 
  3. Use water mixed with liquid smoke to give the ribs a smoky flavor. 
  4. Use the trivet as a rack to lift the ribs out of the liquid. 
  5. Place the ribs around the pot in a circular shape to fit in a whole rack of ribs. 
  6. Wait to add the BBQ sauce until after cooking to prevent burning in the Instant Pot. 
  7. Finish the ribs off with a good slathering of BBQ sauce and place them under the broiler.

How many ribs can fit inside an Instant Pot?

The 6qt Instant Pot can fit 2 racks of ribs and if you have an 8qt, you’ll be able to fit 3 racks of ribs.


Are pork back ribs the same as baby back ribs?

Yep! Pork back ribs are commonly referred to as “baby” back ribs they are shorter size, in relation to spareribs.


What’s the difference between baby back ribs and spareribs?

Baby back ribs

  • Cut from where the rib meets the spine after the loin is removed. The upper ribs are called baby back ribs.
  • Each rib rack averages 10 to 13 curved ribs that are 3 to 6 inches long and weigh about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds, which feeds about 2 people.
  • Very tender and lean, more expensive than spareribs.


  • The meaty ribs cut from the belly of the animal after the belly is removed. They are usually trimmed down by cutting away the hard breastbone and chewy cartilage, so the slab is more rectangular in shape
  • The rib rack is flatter than baby back ribs, which makes them easier to brown. Each slab usually weighs 2 1/2 pounds or more and feeds about three to four people.
  • A lot of bone but also a higher amount of fat, making them very flavorful if cooked properly, and less expensive than baby back ribs.

When are baby back ribs done?

Well, ribs are “done” when they are 145°F internal temp, but they may still be tough. If you take them up to 190°F to 203°F, the collagens and fats melt at this temp and make the meat more tender and juicy.


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How to cook ribs in the Instant Pot:

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
Yield: Serves 4

How to Cook Ribs in the Instant Pot

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Mouthwatering, fall-off-the-bone ribs are made easy in the Instant Pot.


  • 3 Pound Rack Baby Back Ribs
  • 2½ Tablespoons McCormick's Smokehouse Maple Seasoning or Smoky Seasoning
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke

For the BBQ Sauce:

  • ¼ Cup Avocado Oil
  • 2 Cups White Onion, Diced
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 2 Cups Ketchup
  • ⅔ Cup Dr Pepper or Coke
  • ¼ Cup Ancho Chili Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • ⅔ Cup Dijon Mustard
  • ⅔ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Chipotles in Adobo Sauce (canned), Chopped
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Molasses
  • Kosher Salt, to Taste


For the Ribs:

  1. Remove the silver skin from the back of the ribs.
  2. Season both sides with seasoning and place on a rack in the Instant Pot (I bend the ribs to stand them up and form a circle around the inside of the pot).
  3. Place 1 cup of water with the liquid smoke in the bottom of the pot. Place the lid in the pot and make sure the valve is turned to sealing.
  4. Turn on manual, high pressure, for 25 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally and then remove the ribs from the pot and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  5. Turn on the broiler.
  6. Liberally baste the ribs with BBQ sauce (directions follow) and place in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until caramelized.
  7. Remove from the oven and baste again with the sauce.

For the BBQ Sauce:

  1. Preheat a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the oil, onion, and garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes or until the onions begin to soften, making sure the garlic does not burn.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  3. Blend with an immersion blender or place in a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Freeze extra sauce.

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