Pork ribs & pork rub – Instant Pot (2018)

These Instant Pot Ribs are amazing. The last time I made them, some of the bones fell out because the meat was so tender. We rate this recipe a strong “3”. Better than ribs on he grill. As for the rub, i made a big batch of the rub and used it on other things. It’s a great rub.

I used my own BBQ sauce recipe (included somewhere else in this blog).



• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 1 teaspoon garlic powder

• 1 teaspoon chili powder

• 1 teaspoon onion powder

• 1 teaspoon light brown sugar


• 1-2 racks pork ribs (*see note below)

• 1 cup water

• 1/2 cup apple juice , or 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

• 1 teaspoon liquid smoke , optional*

• 1 cup barbecue sauce , homemade or store-bought (*see note)


1 Remove membranes from the back of ribs, if needed.

2 Rub the rub over both sides of ribs.

3 Place wire trivet rack in the bottom of the instant pot.

4 Add water, apple juice (or apple cider vinegar) and liquid smoke (optional, but recommended for that great smokey flavor).

5 Place the ribs upright, with the meat side facing out. If you’re using one large rack of ribs, then circle them around the pot.

6 Secure lid and close vent.

7 Press “manual” or “pressure cook” and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.

8 When the timer beeps, allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 min, then turn the valve to quick release.

9 Carefully remove ribs to a large, foil-lined baking sheet and slather them in BBQ sauce.

10 Optional: broil them in the oven for 2-3 minutes to caramelize the bbq sauce.


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