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Baby Back Ribs Recipe - Instant Pot Beef Recipe

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This Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs recipe is going to be your new favorite way to cook ribs. In less than an hour of time, you'll have some of the best ribs cooked in a pressure cooker, ever. Perfect for game day or a nice weekend at home. You will love these tasty country style ribs in the instapot!

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Check out this Instant Pot Rib Tips recipe and this Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs recipe as well.

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe

I'm a big fan of ribs because I like eating with my hands. I also like all types of ribs from dry rub the BBQ sauced as well. If I have the chance to eat ribs, there's literally nothing that's going to stand in my way.

Why are they called baby back ribs?

These ribs get their name because of their size. Where they're located makes them smaller in size, hence the name "baby".

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Can you cook ribs too long?

You can. If you overcook ribs, they're going to dry out and get tough to chew. (and if this happens, this would be a perfect time to add a bit of BBQ sauce on them and let that "heal" the overcooking"

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe

How to make this Baby Back Ribs Instant Pot Recipe

Start by combining the ingredients to make the dry rub and stir. Set aside.  

Next, take and remove the membrane from the back of the ribs using a sharp knife. Once that is off, take and cut the ribs into 3-4 equal pieces and rub the dry rub all over on both sides. Set aside.

Take and add in water or beef broth to the Instant Pot. Put in the metal rock. Put the ribs on their side on the top of the insert. Make certain that you do not stack them.

Lock the lid into place and put the pressure valve to "sealing". Also, set the "manual" setting on high for 30 minutes of time.

While the ribs are cooking, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside.

Once the ribs are done in the Instant Pot, do a quick release by flipping the valve to the "venting" position. Then unlock the lid and transfer the ribs to the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the ribs with BBQ sauce on both side.

Put the broiler on high and cook the ribs for 3-5 minutes. They need to be nicely browned. Take out of the oven and let them cool a little bit before slicing.

How many ribs do I need for 6 people?

Due to the size of the ribs, each person can probably eat 5-6 ribs. Factor that in when you're making this simple rib recipe.

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe

What sides go with ribs?

There are so many great sides that go with ribs. Some of my favorites are:

And that is just a few of them! Anything you want to eat with ribs, you can.

Are baby back ribs pork?

They are! Don't worry, a lot of people don't know if baby back ribs are pork or beef. But now that you know, you'll be certain to remember!

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Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

This Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe is really simple and easy to make! Tasty country style ribs in the instapot is a delicious recipe you will want to make again.0

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


    1. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the dry rub.
    2. Wearing kitchen gloves, remove the membrane from the back of the ribs with a sharp knife.
    3. Cut the ribs into 3-4 pieces and rub the dry rub over both sides of the ribs.
    4. Remove kitchen gloves.
    5. Add water or beef broth to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Add in the trivet, and then put the ribs on their side on top of the trivet. Do not stack the ribs on top of each other.
    6. Close the lid and seal the valve. Set for a manual high pressure cooking time for 30 minutes.
    7. Do a quick pressure release when the cooking time has finished.
    8. Turn on the oven broiler on high.
    9. Transfer the ribs to a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat.
    10. Brush the BBQ sauce over the tops of the ribs and then broil for 2-3 minutes. Turn the ribs over and brush sauce over that side and then broil for an additional 2-3 minutes.
    11. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing the ribs into individual pieces to serve.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 973Total Fat 64gSaturated Fat 23gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 38gCholesterol 247mgSodium 1120mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 1gSugar 19gProtein 70g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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