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Instant Pot Rib Recipe

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 44 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Instant Pot Rib Recipe – the EASIEST way to make ribs EVER! Fall-off-the-bone ribs ready in a fraction of the time!




  1. Combine all of your dry rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Cut your ribs in half and if the ribs have a membrane, remove it.
  3. Place the ribs on a cookie sheet.
  4. Pour a little liquid smoke, one half section of ribs at a time, and rub all over to thinly coat.
  5. Repeat with the mustard (use enough to leave a good coating on the ribs).
  6. Take your dry rub and rub all over each section.
  7. Add the broth and apple cider vinegar to the Instant Pot.
  8. Place your trivet inside.
  9. Set ribs on top of the trivet so the ribs are vertical.
  10. Close Instant Pot and ensure it is set to Sealing.
  11. Cook on High Pressure for 24 minutes (add 2-3 minutes if your ribs are bigger than normal).
  12. Let Instant Pot naturally release for 5 minutes and then manually release according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  13. Remove ribs from Instant Pot and place on a cookie sheet, meat side up.
  14. Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce to coat.
  15. Place on a 300 degree grill for 3 minutes a side or under your broiler (set to High) for 2-3 minutes per side.
  16. Serve immediately and enjoy!


  • You can actually use spare ribs if you want; they aren’t as good (in my opinion), but they definitely still work.  Spare ribs tend to be bigger than baby back ribs, so I would suggest increasing your cooking time by 3 minutes.
  • You can also finish off in the oven – once ribs come out of the Instant Pot simply place them on a cookie sheet, brush with your favorite BBQ sauce and then broil on high for 4-5 minutes – or until sauce as started to just barely caramelize.
  • You can cook ribs from frozen, just ensure they are fully prepped beforehand (rub with liquid smoke, mustard and dry rub + cut into half racks) and then cook for an additional 10 minutes.

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