Instant Pot BBQ Ribs (Oven Recipe Included)

June 16, 2019 (Updated: June 18, 2019) By Aneesha |

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These sticky, juicy and fall-off-the-bone-tender BBQ Ribs are a real favorite in my home. In this easy recipe, pork ribs are pressure cooked then coated with bbq sauce and broiled in the oven for a delicious crisp finish.

Crispy BBQ Ribs served on a slate platter

Year Round Recipe

My family loves anything BBQ! During summer, we grill every weekend and one of our all-time favorite barbecue dishes is Baby Back Ribs! It’s my husband’s signature dish 🙂

But, who wants to grill when the temperature is touching the sky. And, what if you feel like having them in the middle of winter? With this all-season recipe, you can enjoy Pork Ribs anytime of the year, in any temperature, indoor and outdoor!

My husband has perfected this recipe and it combines the best of both worlds. He pressure cooks the meat in the Instant Pot till it gets super tender.

Then, he slathers it with bbq sauce and broils it in the oven, or grills it, to caramelize those amazing flavors. You cannot help but lick your fingers clean with this one!

Juicy and tender bbq ribs cooked in the instant pot

Easy 2-Step Recipe for BBQ Ribs

The first time my husband made this recipe in the pressure cooker we were all wowed in the first bite! The meat turned out super tender and all the flavors of the spices had infused in the ribs so well.

It cannot get any simpler than this recipe to make the ultimate Pork Ribs ever! All you have to do is:

  • Coat the Ribs with a spice-rub and pressure cook them.
  • Then, coat them with BBQ sauce and broil them or grill them.

Easy to Double and Perfect for Entertaining

This recipe is pretty easy to double for entertaining! You can easily fit 2 slabs in a 6 qt, or 3 slabs in a 8 qt cooker. The key is to coil the ribs and place them standing upright. The best part about this recipe is:

  • There is minimal mess to clean
  • For a larger crowd, you can pressure cook the ribs ahead of time, wrap them in foil and finish them later when your guests arrive.
  • You can can pressure cook the ribs WHILE you grill other things like corn, chicken and veggies. This way all the food gets served at the same time.

How to Remove the Membrane from Ribs

The membrane, or the silverskin, is a connected piece of tissue that is attached to the underside of the rack of ribs. It is best to remove that membrane otherwise it prevents the meat from absorbing the flavors.

Most baby back ribs that I buy these days have had the membrane removed already. But if you’re not sure, it is best to check with someone at the meat counter. Here’s an easy way to remove the membrane.

  1. Lay the ribs flat, membrane side up. Using a paring knife detach the membrane from the meat at the narrow inner corner of the rib rack.
  2. Using a paper towel get a grip on the membrane and pull away in the opposite direction.
  3. Keep pulling in the opposite direction slowly so the membrane doesn’t break and comes off in one piece.
  4. If the membrane breaks, use a pairing knife and detach it from the meat at a starting point and pull away.
Step by step instructions on how remove membrane from Pork Ribs

How to Make BBQ Ribs in Instant Pot or any pressure cooker

This easy and simple recipe can be made in any programmable pressure cooker. Here are the step by step instructions:

Step 1: Combine salt, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, black pepper and brown sugar to make a spice rub for the ribs.

Step 2: Spread it generously on the ribs, pressing down the spices in the meat. Flip the ribs and repeat on the other side.

Rubbing a spice blend on pork ribs

Step 3: Turn on the pressure cooker. Add water, Worcestershire sauce and Apple cider vinegar. Add a trivet in cooking pot. If you don’t have a trivet, you can skip this step. The ribs will be a bit more tender in that case.

Adding water, condiments and a trivet to the Instant Pot

Step 4: Coil the ribs and place on the trivet. Close the lid and pressure cook on Manual or Pressure cook mode for 25 mins for baby back ribs, and 30 mins for regular ribs.

Pressure cooking pork ribs in Instant Pot

Step 5: Wait 10 minutes before releasing the pressure (NPR 10). Release the remaining pressure instantly by turning the knob to ‘Venting’ mode in DUO, or pressing down the pressure valve in ULTRA.

Step 6: Using tongs, remove the ribs and place them on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet.  Coat the top liberally with your favorite bbq sauce.

Step 7: Broil in the oven for 3-5 minutes, till the sauce caramelizes a bit. Alternatively, you can grill the ribs on the medium-high heat part of the grill (not direct heat) for the same time.

Coating ribs with barbecue sauce and broiling in the oven

How to Serve BBQ Ribs

After you remove it from the oven, you can cut the rack of ribs based on your preference. I account for 3 ribs per person irrespective of how I cut them.

I prefer to cut it into individual ribs as that works better for easy handling. Individual ribs also work great for get-togethers and game day parties as well.

And, I always serve them with some extra bbq sauce on the side 🙂

Crispy BBQ Ribs served on a slate platter

Texture Preference | Time Variations

We like our ribs fall-off-the-bone tender, so 25 minutes for Baby Back Ribs, and 30 minutes for Regular Pork Ribs works for us. But if you like them less tender than that, you can reduce the cooking time by 3 minutes.

Another way to keep the ribs intact is to leave the membrane as-is. The membrane holds the rack together. My husband prefers to remove it for regular ribs though. He says the meat absorbs the flavors of the rub better without the membrane.

Oven Recipe for BBQ Ribs

This recipe can also be made entirely in the oven. Here’s how:

  1. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients listed under “Dry Rub”.
  2. Using a paper towel, remove the thin membrane at the back of the ribs, as shown in the video. This step is optional.
  3. Line a tray with aluminum foil and place the ribs. Coat the ribs liberally with the dry rub, flip and repeat.
  4. Turn ON the oven at 400°F. Wrap the ribs in heavy-duty foil so that the juices don’t leak. Cook for 80 minutes for Baby Back Ribs, or 90 minutes for regular ribs.
  5. Remove from the oven. Line the baking sheet with fresh foil or parchment paper and place the ribs on that.
  6. Coat them with your favorite barbecue sauce generously.
  7. Adjust the top rack of the oven to the second level grooves. Place the baking sheet, cook in BROIL mode, for 2-5 minutes on the presentation side. Oven temperatures may differ so its best to start watching after 2 minutes. This step can alternatively be done on the BBQ grill for the same time.  Enjoy!
BBQ Pork Ribs served on a gray slate platter with bbq sauce

BBQ Sauce

There are times when my husband makes his own BBQ sauce from scratch. But, these days there are so many great tasting store-bought sauces out there, that it’s a legit shortcut that save you so much time and the result is still lip-smacking good.

Our current favorite is the Trader Joe’s TJ’s Bold & Smoky Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce. It’s so good on chicken too!

Make a Meal: What To Serve with BBQ Ribs

Here are some sides that pair well with these delicious pork ribs:

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Crispy BBQ Ribs served on a slate platter

Instant Pot BBQ Ribs (Oven Recipe Included)

These sticky, juicy and fall-off-the-bone-tender BBQ Ribs are a real favorite in my home. In this easy recipe, pork ribs are pressure cooked then coated with bbq sauce and broiled in the oven for a delicious crisp finish.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
NPR: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 244kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Rack of Baby Back Pork ribs (about 3 pounds)

DRY RUB

FOR ADDING IN THE INSTANT POT

FOR GRILLING/BROILING

Instructions

Remove the membrane (skip this step if already removed)

  • Lay the ribs flat, membrane side up. Using a paring knife detach the membrane from the meat at the narrow inner corner of the rib rack.
  • Using a paper towel get a grip on the membrane and pull away in the opposite direction.
  • Keep pulling in the opposite direction slowly so the membrane doesn't break and comes off in one piece. If it breaks, use a pairing knife and detach it from the meat at a starting point and pull away.

Spice Rub

  • Combine salt, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, black pepper and brown sugar to make a spice rub for the ribs.
  • Using a paper towel, pat dry the ribs. If using regular size pork ribs remove the thin membrane at the back of the ribs. This step is optional.
  • Coat the ribs liberally with the dry rub and press the spices into the meat. Flip the ribs and repeat.

Instant Pot Recipe

  • Turn on the pressure cooker. Add water, Worcestershire sauce and Apple cider vinegar. Add a trivet in cooking pot. If you don’t have a trivet, you can skip this step. The ribs will be a bit more tender in that case.
  • Coil the ribs and place on the trivet. Close the lid and pressure cook on Manual or Pressure cook mode for 25 mins for baby back ribs, and 30 mins for regular ribs.
  • Wait 10 minutes before releasing the pressure (NPR 10). Release the remaining pressure instantly by turning the knob to ‘Venting’ mode in DUO, or pressing down the pressure valve in ULTRA.
  • Using tongs, remove the ribs and place them on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet.  

Oven Recipe

  • Turn ON the oven at 400°F. Wrap the ribs in heavy-duty foil so that the juices don't leak. Cook for 80 minutes for Baby Back Ribs, or 90 minutes for regular ribs. Remove from the oven.

Finish in Broiler or on BBQ Grill

  • Line the baking sheet with fresh foil or parchment paper and place the cooked ribs on that. Coat them with your favorite barbecue sauce generously.
  • Adjust the top rack of the oven to the second level grooves. Place the baking sheet, cook in BROIL mode, for 2-5 minutes on the presentation side. Oven temperatures may differ so its best to start watching after 2 minutes. This step can alternatively be done on the BBQ grill for the same time.  Enjoy!
  • This step is done after you cook the ribs in the instant pot or the oven.   Coat the ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce.
  • Adjust the top rack of the oven to the second level grooves. Place the baking sheet, cook in BROIL mode, for 2-5 minutes on the presentation side (oven temperatures may differ so its best to start watching after 2 minutes). This step can alternatively be done on the BBQ grill for the same time. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • This recipe is pretty easy to double for entertaining.  You can easily fit 2 slabs in a 6 qt, or 3 slabs in a 8 qt cooker. The key is to coil the ribs and fit them. 
  • For a larger crowd, you can pressure cook the ribs ahead of time and finish them later when your guests arrive.
  • If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 2069mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot BBQ Ribs, Instant Pot Pork Ribs Recipe, Pressure cooker BBQ Ribs
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This recipe was originally posted in 2017, but was updated in 2019 with new photos, helpful information, tips, and step-by-step photos.

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Roberta
    June 18, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    How long would you cook Country Style Pork ribs?

    • Reply
      Aneesha
      June 18, 2019 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Roberta, I’ve never cooked country ribs myself, but looking at different cook times, I would suggest 30 mins on high pressure with 10 mins of NPR. If they’re not cooked to your liking, you can always put them back in for another 5 mins.

  • Reply
    Sam G
    November 7, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    This is a terrific recipe. works well.

  • Reply
    Dave
    August 20, 2018 at 5:34 pm


    A winner! As a certified bbq judge, this recipe gets high marks. Falling off the bone is overcooking in contests. You want to have to pull very lightly to separate meat and bone. Will try 27-28 minutes next time. Thanks for a really fine recipe.

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      August 20, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Hi Dave, thank you so much for your kind words. This recipe was fine tuned by my husband, the grill master in our home. He will be over the moon when he’ll read that a certified BBQ Judge enjoyed this recipe. Thanks again for making our day (more like a month 🙂

  • Reply
    Leann
    June 22, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    These were the most delicious ribs I’ve ever made! Everyone raved about them. I set timer for 28 minutes and did not remove the membrane. Did 5 minutes NR, then QR the rest. 4 minutes under the broiler and they were perfect!

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      June 22, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Super! So glad to hear that. Thank you for sharing that 🙂 If you loved these, I would recommend trying the Chicken Wings. They’re another hit in the IP!

  • Reply
    JP
    March 23, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Hi, do any of the measurements change if trying to fit 1.5 or 2 racks of ribs in the Instant Pot 6qt? Would it be a longer time and/or more vinegar/stock?

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      March 23, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Hi JP, the measurements are for 1 rack of ribs, roughly 3-4 lbs. If you’re cooking more than one, simply multiply accordingly. The cook time remains the same in Instant POt. Would love to hear back how they turned out. Happy Cooking!

  • Reply
    Gary Wise
    January 24, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Hello!
    I highly suggest instead of Quick Release, to do Natural/Slow Pressure Release.
    Meats such as the pork ribs- will be tough if QR, for tender you will need to NPR.

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      January 24, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you for the tip Gary! I have been making Ribs using this recipe for years now- each time the result is tender and fall-off-the-bone. If you had a chance to look at the video, you’ll see it for yourself 🙂 I will try NPR next time and see if there is any difference. Thanks again!

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