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5 from 16 votes

Easy Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

These are the best fall off the bone tender baby back ribs! Made with delicious dry rub seasoning, they are cooked in an Instant Pot, then finished with caramelized BBQ sauce in the broiler. Such an easy recipe to please the crowd!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time23 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 478kcal


Ingredients for Dry Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Ingredients for BBQ Ribs:

  • 2 baby back pork ribs about 1 ½ pounds each
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce


  • In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients for dry rub (1 tbsp light brown sugar, 1 tbsp smoked paprika, 2 tsp chili powder, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, ½ cayenne, 2 tsp onion powder, 2 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp dried oregano). Set aside.
  • Rinse and pat dry the ribs, then remove the membrane.
  • NOTE: Some stores remove the membrane ahead of time. If yours is not removed, just slide a butter knife in between of the membrane and the bones, then pull the membrane off.
  • Season the ribs with dry rub from both sides and rub it in.
  • Add 1 cup water and ½ cup apple cider vinegar to the pot and place the trivet in. Place the ribs on the trivet, wrapping in a circle.
  • Close the lid and cook the ribs on manual high pressure for 23 minutes (make sure that the venting knob is sealed). When done, do natural pressure release for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to broil.
  • Place the ribs, meat side up, on a baking sheet, lined with aluminum foil. Brush with your favorite BBQ Sauce. Broil for about 5 minutes or until the barbecue sauce is caramelized.



  • When buying the ribs, try to choose the same size for even cooking. I prefer to use 1 ½ pound Baby Back Ribs.
  • Don’t forget to remove the membrane before cooking the meat.
  • I always like to broil the ribs after cooking in a pressure cooker. This finishing step helps to crisp up the top and caramelize the BBQ sauce.
  • To bring these ribs to a whole new level, you can add a teaspoon of liquid smoke. Just add it together with water and apple cider vinegar.


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 2045mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1454IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg