Instant Pot® Fall-off-the-Bone Ribs – Instantly Delicious

Instant Pot® Fall-off-the-Bone Ribs ​are amazing.  Like make them right now, amazing.  Today was one of those rare 70 degree early-March days. The kind of day that brings back memories of the sun on your face and barbecues in the backyard.  I decided to extend the summery theme of this day by using the ​Instant Pot® ​to make 3 slabs of ribs in under an hour.  FALL-OFF-THE-BONE-RIBS IN UNDER AN HOUR.  Sorry for shouting, but I am that excited.

These ribs start with a sweet and savory spice rub. Then they are placed in the ​Instant Pot® with a cup of your favorite BBQ sauce and a little water.  After 35 minutes, they are so tender that they almost fall apart in the pot. To finish, the ribs take a quick spin under the broiler. In the summer, I might even throw them on the grill.
​Instant Pot® Fall-off-the-Bone Ribs
Serves 6


3 slabs of baby-back ribs
4 tablespoons spice rub
1 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup water

Spice Rub:
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons paprika
2 tablespoons brown sugar

1. Combine spices in a small bowl. Rub 1/3 of the mixture on the top and bottom of each slab of ribs. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. *

2. Add ribs to the Instant Pot®. Pour 1/2 cup of water into the bottom and 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce over the ribs.  Set the pot to meat/stew – high pressure and adjust the time for 35 minutes.  Make sure the valve is set to sealing.  When finished, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes and then switch the valve to venting.

3. Cover a sheet pan with foil and carefully place the ribs onto the pan, bottom side up. Set aside.

4. Remove some of the fat from the sauce left in the pot, either using a fat separator orthis method. Return sauce to the pot, set to saute and boil for 10 minutes to reduce the barbecue sauce.

5. Once sauce is reduced, liberally brush the sauce onto the ribs. Broil for 4 minutes and then turn, brush with sauce, and broil on the other side for an additional 4 minutes.  

* Just a note.  Many recipes instruct you to remove the membrane when making ribs.  I find this to be unnecessary in this application.  Since it is rather labor intensive, I opted to just score the underside by each bone instead.  



Sandra Colwell
6/1/2017 04:06:38 pm

These look amazing. Do you put all three slabs in the IP at one time?


6/1/2017 10:14:48 pm

I did. If it make sense, I spiraled them from the center out.


2/28/2019 09:35:12 pm

I am excited to try this in my instant pot. Do you think I could add some liquid smoke to the ribs or would that not work in the instant pot?


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