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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.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, bbq
Keyword instant pot baby back ribs, instant pot bbq ribs, instant pot pork ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
natural release steam 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 590kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 590kcal