Delicious Pork Riblets Made Easy in the Pressure Cooker

These mouthwatering Instant Pot Ribs are incredibly tender, bursting with flavor, and the best part? They cook in just about 30 minutes! It may seem hard to believe, but it’s true. So, let’s dive into this easy and fantastic recipe made with your trusty pressure cooker.

Tender BBQ pork ribs cooked in the instant pot in just 30 minutes!

Why Instant Pot Ribs are Amazing

Cooking tender BBQ ribs at home never fails to make me feel like a rockstar. The best part is how little effort is required on my part. Normally, I rely on my go-to slow cooker ribs recipe, but the instant pot offers an excellent alternative. It’s perfect for those of us who don’t always plan dinner far in advance.

One of the things that make the instant pot shine is its ability to turn hefty cuts of meat into tender, succulent perfection in such a short amount of time. These instant pot ribs are a prime example of a recipe that truly thrives in the pressure cooker.

How to Make Delicious Instant Pot Ribs

  1. Begin by generously coating the ribs with a dry spice rub.
  2. Add liquid to the bottom of the instant pot.
  3. Carefully arrange the ribs around the pot, ensuring the meat side faces out. If your ribs are already cut into sections, stand them up around the pot, lining them up neatly.
  4. Cook the ribs on high pressure. The cooking time may vary slightly depending on the type of ribs you’re using, your elevation, and your desired level of tenderness—whether you prefer them to be tender to the bite or fall-off-the-bone tender.
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Ribs seasoned with a dry rub and then curled around the inner pot of an instant pot pressure cooker.

Once the ribs are finished cooking, you can slather them in your favorite store-bought or homemade BBQ sauce. For an extra touch, pop them under the broiler for a few minutes to let the BBQ sauce caramelize and create a delightful char. It’s truly a taste sensation!

A rack of ribs brushed with BBQ sauce and then cut into sections.

Expert Tips for Perfect Instant Pot Ribs

Choosing the Right Ribs

While baby back ribs are my personal preference, spare ribs also work wonderfully. Just remember that cooking times may vary based on your altitude and the type of ribs you choose.

Cooking Time

  • Baby Back Ribs: 25-30 Minutes
  • Spare Ribs: 30-35 Minutes

Adjust the cooking time accordingly for high altitude or if you desire a different level of tenderness. If you want your ribs to be tender without fully falling off the bone, a slightly shorter cooking time is recommended.

Suitable Instant Pot Size

Any instant pot with a capacity of 6 quarts or larger will work perfectly for cooking these ribs.

Removing the Membrane

Depending on where you purchase your ribs, they may still have the shiny white membrane connective tissue on the bone side. When I buy mine from Costco, the membranes are already removed. To ensure yours are ready to cook, follow these simple steps:

  1. Flip the ribs, so the meaty part is facing down.
  2. Slide your fingers or a butter knife under the membrane and peel it off.
  3. No special skills are required here; just use your fingers to remove it.

Serve with a Delicious Side Dish

Consider enhancing your meal by pairing these delightful ribs with a mouthwatering side dish. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Green Salad
  • Roasted Vegetables
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Enjoy your succulent pressure cooker ribs and happy cooking!