Instant Pot Ribs is the easiest way to achieve tender, juicy ribs. Whether you’re using baby back ribs or pork loin ribs, pressure cooking tenderizes the meat in a fraction of the time so you can enjoy homemade ribs even on busy weeknights.

Our Smoked Ribs take about 7 hours from start to finish and Baked BBQ Ribs take more than 2 1/2 hours, cooked low and slow in the oven. This recipe requires no marinating time and is done in around 45 minutes. P.S. you can even use frozen ribs!

Instant Pot Ribs sliced and served on a tray

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Instant Pot Ribs Recipe:

The ingredients here are simple: ribs (baby back ribs or pork loin ribs), apple juice, cider vinegar, seasoning salt, dry rub and of course bbq sauce. If you’re feeling adventurous, add half a teaspoon of liquid smoke to add that smoked element to your ribs. The instant pot makes the magic happen – amazingly fast with excellent results.

Instant Pots save time and have consistent results for corn on the cob, instant pot boiled eggs and dulce de leche. This Instant Pot Ribs recipe is sure to become a new favorite for you.

Ingredients for instant pot ribs with ribs, apple juice, vinegar, bbq sauce, seasoning salt and rib rub

What is the Best BBQ Sauce for Ribs?

We love sweet bbq sauce for ribs because it caramelizes on the ribs when they are finished off. If you have a favorite bbq sauce you would recommend, I’d love to hear from you in a comment below. A couple of our family favorites include:

Baby Back Rib glazed in the best bbq sauce

How to Prepare Baby Back Ribs:

Start by prepping your ribs. Baby Back Ribs and Pork Loin ribs typically already have the silver skin on the meat side trimmed and the membrane on the boney side removed. If they are present, use a small knife to loosen it at the corner and a paper towel to help grip and pull it off of the ribs. You want to remove that so the flavors can penetrate the ribs. If you want a visual, check out this photo tutorial from Weber.

Prepared baby back ribs on cutting board

How to Make Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs:

The process for making instant pot ribs is truly easy:

  1. Rub the ribs with seasoning salt and BBQ Dry Rub.
  2. Combine apple juice, vinegar, 1/3 cup bbq sauce and liquid smoke (if using) in the instant pot.
  3. Coil the ribs inside the pot, cover and cook on high pressure 25 minutes followed by a 10-minute natural pressure release.
  4. Remove ribs, brush with BBQ sauce and broil or grill 5 minutes

How to Make Instant Pot Ribs step by step photos

To Finish Ribs on the Grill:

Preheat the grill to 350-400˚F. Place the bbq sauce smothered ribs directly on preheated grill, cover, and grill 5 minutes.

To Finish Ribs in the Air Fryer:

Cut rack in half, smother with bbq sauce as usual and place both halves side by side in the air fryer basket for 4 min on high.

Finished BBQ Ribs Sliced into quarters

What to Serve with Ribs:

These saucy bbq ribs are perfect with just about any side dish. Some of our favorites include:

Instant pot bbq Ribs sliced and arranged on a tray

Can I Use Frozen Ribs?

Frozen ribs can be used following the same recipe. Before freezing ribs, cut them into thirds (so they fit into the instant pot later since they won’t be able to coil) and add the dry rub before freezing. Dry rub won’t adhere if you try to put it over frozen ribs.

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Instant Pot Ribs

4.95 from 108 votes
Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs sliced on a tray
Instant Pot Ribs is the easiest way to achieve tender, juicy ribs. Whether you're using baby back ribs, Pressure cooking tenderizes the meat in a fraction of the time
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Natural Pressure Release: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 people

Instructions

  • Pat dry the rack of ribs with a paper towel and rub on your dry ingredients on both sides.
  • In the Instant Pot, combine apple juice, vinegar, liquid smoke and 1/3 cup of bbq sauce.
  • Coil the rack of ribs inside the with the bone-side facing the center. Ribs should all be partially submerged. Cook on high pressure for 25 min followed by a 10 min natural pressure release before manually releasing remaining pressure.
  • Using two sets of tongs, carefully transfer ribs to a rimmed baking sheet lined with a wire rack with the meat side up. Brush the top and sides with the remaining 1/3 cup bbq sauce. Broil in the center of the oven on high for 4-5 min*. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5-10 min before serving. Serve with more bbq sauce if desired.

Notes

*To Finish Ribs on the Grill: Preheat the grill to 350-400˚F. Place ribs directly on preheated grill, cover, and grill 5 min.
*To Finish Ribs in the Air Fryer: Cut rack in half and place both halves side by side in the air fryer basket for 4 min on high.

Nutrition Per Serving

597kcal Calories27g Carbs41g Protein35g Fat12g Saturated Fat148mg Cholesterol1396mg Sodium713mg Potassium1g Fiber22g Sugar180IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C97mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Ribs
Amount per Serving
Calories
597
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
35
g
54
%
Saturated Fat
 
12
g
75
%
Cholesterol
 
148
mg
49
%
Sodium
 
1396
mg
61
%
Potassium
 
713
mg
20
%
Carbohydrates
 
27
g
9
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
22
g
24
%
Protein
 
41
g
82
%
Vitamin A
 
180
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
97
mg
10
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot ribs
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 597

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  • Debbie Senday
    February 13, 2024

    Hi Natasha, I’ve made these and they are fantastic!! (as all your recipes are) I want to make them but I dont have any apple juice, what is your suggestion?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 13, 2024

      Hi Debbie! Some of my readers have used water in its place successfully.

      Reply

  • Kathy
    February 5, 2024

    Delicious! Can we do two racks of ribs without adjusting the time?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 5, 2024

      Hi Kathy, two racks will work, although I haven’t tried it, here’s what one of my readers wrote: “I doubled the amount of ribs in my 6qt instant pot tonight as an experiment. (I used my BIG stove top presto last time I cooked two racks and that thing is a pain to wash) I curled the ribs so one went to the inside of the other and cooked for the recommended time of 25min. I used a little less liquid to avoid going over the max fill line but I doubled the BBQ sauce and obviously I dry rubbed both racks. They came out perfect.” I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Jenny
    January 11, 2024

    I so happen to have some Apple cider. Can I use that instead of Apple juice?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 11, 2024

      Hi Jenny! I think that would be fine.

      Reply

  • LoriAnn Garde
    January 2, 2024

    I Don’t have an Instant Pot. Can I bake or broil rib in the oven?

    Reply

  • Susan G Whitman
    December 29, 2023

    This is the BEST recipe ever for ribs. I’ve always had problems with ribs coming out tough or dry, not with this recipe. The ribs fall of the bone as I remove them from the instant pot and are so tender. Thank you for sharing this recipe

    Do you have one for pulled chicken using the instant pot?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 29, 2023

      Hi Susan! I’m so glad you loved this recipe. I do not have a recipe for pulled chicken in an instant pot.

      Reply

  • John J Jamison
    December 22, 2023

    ok….first time I’ll be making ribs in IP. Following only uour recipe/directions. Gonna be my christmas holiday treat formyself.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 22, 2023

      Hi John! I hope you love the recipe! Let us know how it turns out.

      Reply

  • Shawna
    August 13, 2023

    Natasha I love every one of your recipes that I have tried. I tried the rib recipe tonight and it was delicious. Just wondering if next time, I could use maybe half of the apple juice. It seemed like a lot of juice. I also love all of your fun videos. So fun to watch.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 13, 2023

      Hi Shawna, great to hear that you’ve been enjoying our recipes. I have not tested that to advise but feel free to experiment. We’d love to know how it goes!

      Reply

  • Amie
    July 30, 2023

    What happened to your original recipe? I made your rub from scratch and loved it.

    Reply

  • Lydia
    June 13, 2023

    Hi Nat ! Well I decided on the instant pot ribs. They sound delish and I have never tried making them in the IP so should be interesting because I am not very brave when it comes to using it …..but , I guess if I never use it I won’t get used to it. Anyway , sounds delish..thankyou !!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 13, 2023

      Hi Lydia! I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Christine
    June 7, 2023

    I LOVE this recipe!! It was better than the rib restaurant. Than you.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 7, 2023

      Hi Christine! That’s great to hear.

      Reply

  • Christi Alvarez
    May 22, 2023

    My family LOVES this recipe and its awesome for weeknights! Add some baked beans, macaroni salad (or potato salad) and cornbread and ready to eat in less than an hour!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 22, 2023

      That all sounds delicious! I’m so glad you love this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Debbie Cudmore
    May 6, 2023

    ok, now that was a great recipe! I have only done ribs once in the InstaPot. The totally fell apart! it was awesome! Another Great Recipe Natasha! Thank you!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 6, 2023

      Hi Debbie! That’s great. So glad you enjoyed the recipe.

      Reply

  • Jackie Pash
    April 29, 2023

    Hi Natasha, love your recipes. I want to try this rib recipe and I didn’t see this mentioned in the reviews. Are these fall off the bone tender? My husband has missing teeth and can only eat ribs if they are almost tender to the point they are easy to shred. I was wondering if I could increase the cooking time to achieve this result. Thank you

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2023

      Hi Jackie! This recipe makes for tender ribs, but yes, you may increase the cook time if you would like to. I had a few readers mention they cooked them a bit longer by preference.

      Reply

  • Guy Clement
    April 24, 2023

    Love the flavor, but personally like more resistance between the meat and the bone, can I steam the ribs 15 minutes or less to get the same results?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 25, 2023

      Hi Guy, You are welcome to test that out! If you do, please let me know how you like it!

      Reply

      • Ludmila Khodorkovsky
        September 7, 2023

        Hi Natasha. Love your recipes and all the video. You and your husband are very creative. I travel a lot and have to prep meal for the family. What would be the freezing and defrost instructions for this recipe. Is it possible to include freezing instructions for other recipes as well?

        Reply

        • NatashasKitchen.com
          September 7, 2023

          Hi Ludmila! Thank you for sharing that. I’m so glad you are loving my recipes. If I have tested freezing a recipe, I will include instructions in the blog post. Some of my recipes have this note, if not, then likely I have not tested it to advise.
          For this recipe specific, see my note in the blog above under “Can I Use Frozen Ribs?” This would be helpful for meal prep.
          Also- be sure to check the comment section on my recipe. Many of my readers will share their experiment with the recipe if they freeze, defrost, etc. I hope that helps.

          Reply

  • ANGELICA AJO
    April 22, 2023

    I’m never sure whether to leave the rack in the bottom of the pot or not. Can I assume if you do not say to put the rack I don’t put it in ? I’m just starting with using recipes so it isn’t obvious to me. This recipe was delicious.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 22, 2023

      Hi Angelica! The rack is often times used to elevate food above the liquid. If it has handles, it also serves as a way to help lift your food out of the instant pot. For this recipe, the ribs should all be partially submerged.
      I’m glad you loved the recipe! 🙂

      Reply

  • Tina
    April 16, 2023

    I always make applesauce right before I make the ribs and then use the liquid that I drain out of the applesauce to make my ribs. So good and I am using all of the great tasting juice to make one more dish.

    Reply

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