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BBQ Ribs Using Instant Pot
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Grilling or Baking
15 mins

This is a very easy recipe to make juicy and tender ribs quick using an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. It cuts the time in the grill or the oven, keeping the delicious flavor and so tender, they fall off the bone.

Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian, Latin
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 702 kcal
  • 4 lbs pork ribs full rack
  • 1 tbsp Salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Oregano dried
  • 12 oz beer
  • 1/8 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  1. Wash the ribs rack and pat dry with paper towels. Trim the thin membrane covering the rack and any excess fat.

  2. Season the ribs with salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano covering both sides of the rack.

  3. Place the trivet inside of the Instant Pot. Pour the beer and liquid smoke into the Instant Pot.

  4. Place the ribs rack standing with the bones down around the bowl inside the Instant Pot.

  5. Close the Instant Pot lid, setting the venting knob to Sealing Position. Set the Instant Pot to cook on High, Manual setting for 21 minutes.

  6. If baking the ribs, turn the oven to 450 F. If grilling, turn the grill to 350 F.

  7. Once the cooking is done, leave the ribs inside the Instant Pot for the natural release of the pressure for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes have passed, set the venting knob to Venting and lets the rest of the pressure release. Carefully open the lid.

  8. Using the kitchen tongs, remove the rack from the Instant Pot and place the rack on the rimmed baking sheet.

  9. Brush the BBQ sauce first on the bottom of the rack, flip and brush the top of the rack.

  10. Place the ribs on the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the BBQ sauce is caramelized. The same thing applies to the grill.

  11. Cut the ribs into individual ribs and serve hot. Add additional BBQ sauce if desired.

Recipe Notes

Cooking time - ribs can cook in the Instant Pot between 16 - 25 minutes. The lower range is not going to be as tender, the higher range the bones might come off. I cooked them at 21 minutes and they come perfect. 

Cooking liquid - You can use any kind of beer that you choose. I prefer apple hard ales because of the flavor it adds to the ribs. You could replace the beer with apple cider vinegar, apple cider, orange juice, or just water. 

BBQ Sauce - you can use your preferred BBQ sauce, or you could use my recipe for Easy Asian BBQ Sauce. I prefer my ribs with a thinner layer of sauce, you are welcome to use more if you like them really wet. 

Seasoning the rack - you can add more seasoning if you prefer, I tend to go easy on the salt, but a whole rack could easily use 2 tbsp of salt. 

Nutrition Facts
BBQ Ribs Using Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 702 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 169mg56%
Sodium 1827mg79%
Potassium 678mg19%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 121IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.