Instant Pot Ribs ~40 minutes, NO WAY!

This post contains affiliate links, if you have any questions please visit my full Disclosure Page.

Who loves to put ribs on the grill or in the oven low and slow for 6+ hours?



No responses. Yes, me either! I mean don’t get me wrong I love the taste of a fall off the bone smoked rib that I grew up eating cooked by my Dad. However, fast forward to now in which a little toddler is running around the house and wants to “help me,” slowly watching the grill over a period of 6 hours is not something he enjoys. We need instant gratification here, or at least almost instant. For this purpose I bring you the Instant Pot, a gift that I got from my husband for Christmas (we love new gadgets of any sort in this house, and for me the excitement increases for a new kitchen gadget). This was one I had not really heard much about or really looked into myself. I had seen a few posts on blogs that I read about moms swearing that it was the BEST THING EVER, however I did not see the sparkle that it had.

It has now been in my house for five months, and I definitely see the sparkle. If you ask my mom though, she will tell you that he bought it so that even if we were out running errands all afternoon and didn’t get home till 4:30p (like this day), I could still have a very delicious home cooked meal on the table in give or take 30 minutes (and not make us have breakfast for dinner, I can’t help that I like pancakes & bacon).

The Instant Pot that we have is a 7-1 multi-use programmable electric pressure cooker, and I will probably do a review of it here soon enough. But what this post comes down to is that I made BBQ Baby Back Ribs in 40 minutes rather than 6+ hours, and the meat just fell right off the bones.

I had a slab of Niman Ranch baby back ribs, they are a company that focuses on the raising animals in a sustainable and humane way, which is important to us especially with pork. I began by removing the “silver skin” off the back of the baby back ribs. If you have never done this I recommend you do so from now on, it tends to get chewy and rubbery when cooked, leading to a less than spectacular rib eating experience.

After removing the silver skin, I rubbed the ribs with a dry rub of 2 Tbsp. Paprika, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1 tsp of sugar, and some fresh ground black pepper to taste and placed them in the Instant Pot on the wire rack.

I then poured a mixture of 1/2 C. BBQ sauce of your choosing, and 1/2 C. of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot. I placed the lid on top, set it for sealing, and set it for 30 minutes on manual at high pressure.

After the 30 minute cook time was up I allowed the Instant Pot to do a natural release. Once the pressure dropped, I removed them from the pot and placed them on a cookie sheet lined with foil (and yes it was difficult, because like I said they were falling apart). I basted the ribs with more of the BBQ sauce and placed them in the broiler for five minutes. After five minutes elapsed, I removed them, basted them again and returned them to the broiler for another three-five minutes until they started getting bubbly. After removing them, they were ready to serve (ooey-gooey BBQ sauce and all)!

These ribs definitely hit the spot for delicious flavor, ease of cooking, and fall off the bone meat. When I told my Dad about them he was in disbelief that I made ribs in 40 minutes, so I look forward to making them next time he visits. I am all for making something in a shorter amount of time if it is almost/as good as the original. I look forward to sharing more Instant Pot recipes with you in the future, ENJOY!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *