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These Instant Pot Fall Off the Bone BBQ Baby Back Ribs (with VIDEO) are a pressure cooker recipe for grilled pork ribs. These ribs are quick and easy to make and only take 25 minutes in the Instant Pot and another 10 minutes in the oven or on the grill. These ribs are marinated with a pork rub and then drizzled in Kansas City Gates’ BBQ sauce. This recipe works for spare ribs, too.
Be sure to check out my Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken, too!
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So, I am pretty fed up with Mother Nature. We are halfway through April, and I haven’t seen much of spring, yet. We have had a couple of warm days, but other than those, it still feels like winter.
Our winter was so harsh! I really shouldn’t complain because we have had a few years of really mild winters. We surely are paying for those now!
I am anxious for spring because I need warm temperatures. I need to see the sun! Once spring shows up, summer will be right around the corner! Summer means BBQ….and ribs of course!
On a day like today where it’s only 30 degrees out (it was 80 degrees yesterday, come on…seriously?), I would prefer not to spend a ton of time outside in front of my grill. But, I wanted a slab of ribs to serve to some friends who are coming to my house to watch Beyonce perform at Coachella tonight!
I decided to give my Instant Pot a try at baby back ribs. The Instant Pot is really the king when it comes to producing juicy, succulent meat that falls off the bone. You should definitely check out my Tuscan Chicken Thighs and Chicken and Rice Drumsticks.
Now…before you comment and yell that ribs and BBQ have to be grilled, trust me I KNOW all about BBQ. I live in Kansas City. We have the best BBQ on this earth. I even used my favorite local marinade and sauce in this recipe. See below, where I discuss cook steps after the Instant Pot.
I was right! When I removed this rack of ribs from the Instant Pot the meat was literally falling off the bone.
After the Instant Pot you can grill or bake the ribs. Grilling these ribs yields amazing results and will also really give them that BBQ taste, but baking works just fine too! If you use Liquid Smoke and a BBQ marinade (I love McCormick’s Grill Mates BBQ Seasoning) you will get some of the BBQ flavor.
I would rather spend 10 minutes outside in 30 degree temps, than an hour!
Feel free to add as much BBQ sauce as you want. Sometimes, I eat ribs without the sauce. I believe the BBQ marinade should be so good, that BBQ sauce is optional.
Does it look like the meat is falling off the bone to you? I paired these with white bread (a BBQ staple), potato salad, and baked beans. It was scrumptious!
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Instant Pot Fall Off the Bone BBQ Baby Back Ribs
These Instant Pot Fall Off the Bone BBQ Baby Back Ribs are a pressure cooker recipe for grilled pork ribs. These ribs are quick and easy to make and can be baked or grilled. These ribs are marinated with a pork rub and then drizzled in Kansas City Gates' BBQ sauce.
- 3 pounds rack of baby back ribs
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 2-3 tablespoons pork rub I used Kansas City Gate's classic BBQ rub or McCormick's Grill Mates Pork Rub is another option
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 onion
- 1 cup BBQ sauce Use as much sauce as you prefer
Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. (Refer to video). This is a thin layer that can be tough to remove. Sometimes it will peel right off. You can also cut it, and pull it off.
Drizzle the liquid smoke over both side of the ribs.
Season both sides of the ribs with the pork rub, salt, and pepper to taste.
Pour the cup of water in the Instant Pot.
Place the trivet in the Instant Pot. This is the metal basket that comes with the machine. This will keep the ribs from touching the bottom of the pot as they cook.
Place the onion and the seasoned ribs on the trivet.
Place the lid on the pot and seal. Cook for 25 minutes on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking.
When the Instant Pot indicates it has finished, allow the steam to naturally release for 10 minutes instead of quick release.
If you choose to bake the ribs, preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Remove the ribs from the pot. Brush the BBQ sauce onto the ribs.
Bake or grill the ribs for 10 minutes.
Remove and serve!
You can make your own pork rub using 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon BBQ seasoning (I like McCormick's Grill Mates BBQ Seasoning), 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 1 teaspoon chili powder.