These Instant Pot BBQ Ribs are the perfect recipe to make to break in your Instant Pot! They are so easy to make and taste like they’ve been slow-roasting for hours. Tender, fall-off-the-bone perfection!
Tender, smoked ribs that have been bathed in smoke for hours are pretty magical. Heck, I believe most all slow-smoked meats should have their place in heaven, but unless you own a BBQ restaurant, are independently wealthy, don’t have children, or have a blessed BBQ king as a neighbor that will share with you, ain’t nobody got time for smokin’ your own ribs!
This is where the Instant Pot comes in. If you’re not familiar, an Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker that doubles as a slow cooker, rice and yogurt maker, and more. There’s so much you can do with it! There are lots of brands out there that make similar electric pressure cookers but the Instant Pot is what I have and love with a big capital “L”.
Pressure cookers work by cooking food under intense pressure so they cook incredibly fast and do a great job at breaking down the collagen and connective tissue in meats that typically take hours to tenderize.
Making tender, fall-off-the-bone Instant Pot BBQ Ribs takes about one hour start to finish. Take a look!
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They are so tender and cooking them in either beer or root beer gives them just a little extra punch of flavor. The flavor will obviously be different depending on which you choose, but both create phenomenal ribs!
Once the ribs come out of the Instant Pot I like to put them on a cookie sheet, brush my favorite BBQ sauce on them. and put under the broiler for a few minutes. Doing this gives the sauce a chance to stick to the ribs and caramelize a bit, just like they were finished off on the grill!
- 1/4 cup smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 bottle (11 oz) Beer or Root Beer *See Notes*
- 1 BBQ Sauce
Preheat oven to Broil
Remove ribs from packaging and dry well with paper towels. Cut into sections of 3 ribs and set aside.
In a small bowl whisk together smoked paprika, sugar, garlic salt, and onion powder. Sprinkle all of the seasoning over the ribs and rub in with fingertips.
Place ribs into your Instant Pot and pour entire bottle of beer or root beer over the ribs. Close lid and set the pot to cook for 25 minutes at high pressure.
When cooking time is up, allow pot to naturally release pressure most of the way (about 10 minutes) and then quick-release the rest.
Remove ribs from pot and place on a baking sheet. Brush each piece with your favorite BBQ Sauce and place under the broiler until sauce is bubbly and starting to brown and caramelize-- about 5 minutes. Just watch them closely as things go fast under the broiler!
Remove from oven and serve.
by Heather Cheney
- Baby Back, St. Louis Style, and Pork Spare ribs will all work for this recipe. I used Baby Back for the video and pictures.
- Both Beer and Root Beer lend great flavor to the finished ribs-- so use what you have/want to! The end flavor will obviously be different but both are phenomenal.
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