Instant Pot BBQ Ribs
If you’ve ever made BBQ ribs before, you know it can be a long process if you want fall off the bone, melt in your mouth, meat. Thanks to Instant Pot, you can shave 4-5 hours off this process now! Using the pressure cooking component of the Instant Pot, you can pressure cook your ribs for 30 minutes and get the same effect you would have if you had slow cooked your ribs in the oven for 4 hours.
I seasoned my ribs with a dry rub, and refrigerated overnight to give them some extra flavor. I kept my dry rub pretty basic, but use whatever ingredients you’d like. I used brown sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
Mix the dry rub ingredients together and then season both sides of your baby back ribs, wrap with foil, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
Now that the ribs have been seasoned, they are ready for the Instant Pot. Pour ¾ cups of water in the bottom of the pot, insert the rack/basket into the Instant Pot and place the ribs on top.
Place the Instant Pot lid on top and screw into place until you hear the chime. Press manual and start. Be certain that the Instant Pot vent is set to seal as the pressure is needed for the ribs to cook. Now you’re just 30 minutes away from fall off the bone ribs!
These next steps for the BBQ sauce are optional, if there is a store bought sauce you like, just use that, no need to complicate things! I personally like to experiment with sauces, so this is what I came up with for this particular batch of ribs.
Chop ½ a sweet onion, and cook until brown and softened in 2 Tbsps of butter over medium heat.
Once the onions were cooked, I added ketchup, peach preserves, soy sauce, and a little siracha for some spice. Mix to taste in the sauce pan with the onions. Simmer over medium heat for about 20-30 minutes.
Once the timer goes off on the Instant Pot, switch from seal to vent and stand back. . . there is a lot of steam while this vents! Next place the ribs on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, OR transfer to a grill. The trickiest part is getting them out of the pot without having them fully break apart. Generously coat the ribs with BBQ sauce, and place in oven under a broiler for 6 minutes, or finish them on a grill.
There you have it – finger licking, fall off the bone, juicy ribs! My husband makes awesome Tostones, so that’s what we chose to serve our ribs with. Enjoy!