I’m so excited to finally be sharing this amazing Instant Pot Baby Back Rib recipe with you. Prepare them with a flavorful dry rub, steam them to tender perfection in an Instant Pot, then finish them off with a glaze of charred barbecue sauce on the grill or in the oven for perfect ribs any time of year!
Start by making the dry rub, which is very simple, but adds a lot of flavor. Kosher salt, smoked paprika, dry mustard powder, granulated onion, granulated garlic, and chili powder.
Sprinkle the dry rub over all 4 half-racks of ribs.
Rubba-dub-dub the ribba-rub-rub.
Get both sides.
Put the stainless rack in the inner pot of your Instant Pot and pour in 1 1/2 cups water. Add the half racks, standing them up the best you can. You should be able to fit 4 or 5 half racks depending on the size of your Instant Pot. Some people keep the racks whole, but I find they tend to fall apart after cooking so I think they’re easier to handle if you cut them in half. But that’s just me.
Cook for 45 minutes on “manual” or “high pressure”.
The Best Instant Pot Ribs
makes 2 racks of ribs (5-6 pounds total)
2 racks baby back ribs, cut in half, membranes removed from underside (5-6 pounds total)
1 1/2 cups water
4 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons granulated garlic (or powder)
2 teaspoons granulated onion (or powder)
1 1/4 cup ketchup
1 cup brown sugar (light or dark), packed
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon hickory flavored liquid smoke
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Make the dry rub by combining the dry rub ingredients together and sprinkle evenly over both racks of ribs, front and back; rub the seasoning in well.
Place water and rack inside Instant Pot; stand ribs up on rack.
Seal Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes; allow pressure to release naturally.
While ribs are cooking, make the sauce by whisking all the barbecue sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan over high heat; bring to a boil, then reduce to a heat and simmer at a gentle bubble until the mixture thickens, about 20 minutes.
Remove ribs from Instant Pot and place on a foil lined half sheet pan; brush with bbq sauce and place ribs under broiler for 5 to 10 minutes (watch carefully to prevent burning). Alternatively, this step can be completed on a charcoal or gas grill.
Note: store leftover barbecue sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.