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Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

Saucy, smoky and oh so tender, these Instant Pot BBQ Ribs are a family favorite. The quickest, easiest and tastiest ribs you'll ever make!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Southern
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 579 kcal



  • 2.5 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce divided


  • Remove the membrane from the back side of the ribs. Use a knife to loosen and then pull the membrane down the back of the ribs with your fingers.
  • Combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, granulated garlic, chili powder, onion powder, mustard powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Whisk together.
  • Rub the seasoning mixture over both sides of the ribs.
  • With the sauté feature on, cook bacon just until it starts to brown and the fat starts to render.
  • Turn the instant pot to warm setting. Place the trivet in the pot. Place the ribs inside the pot on top of the trivet wrapping around in a circle. Pour water into pot.
  • Press "manual" setting, cover and seal the pressure cooker. Cook on high pressure for 23 minutes. Do a 5 minute natural release and then release the remaining pressure.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Brush 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce over the top of the ribs. Place under the broiler for 5- 6 minutes or until the sauce starts to caramelize.
  • Drizzle with remaining sauce, slice and serve.


Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.


Calories: 579kcalCarbohydrates: 21.4gProtein: 28gFat: 40.5gSaturated Fat: 14.7gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 1654mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 16.6g
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Keywords: bbq, instant pot, ribs