Faster Ribs Thanks To The Instant Pot
Discovering that I could make tender, smoky ribs in the Instant Pot was nothing short of life-changing. Ribs, before the Instant Pot, were a once-a-summer special-occasion treat, slowly smoked on the barbecue and slathered with sauce until lacquered and glossy. But ribs are inexpensive and satisfying, and discovering I could cook ribs to tenderness in under an hour swung the door of possibility right open. Wont you step in and join me?
Your Secret Summer Seasoning: Smoked Salt
Smoked salt is a seasoning that every cook should have in their pantry. Not only does it do the same work of liquid smoke with less effort, but it is also flavorful and wonderful for adding to everything from ribs to salty caramels. I love this smoked salt from Spice House. A little will go a long way, making the small bottle a worthy investment.
Does Meat Get More Tender The Longer You Pressure Cook It
Yes, the longer you pressure cook, the more tender the meat will be because the connective tissues are broken down more. But this doesnt mean you must always cook it long because it might become too tender.
Having a bit of chew on your meat is important too. This is why I made sure my Instant Pot pork ribs recipe has that perfect fall-of-the-bone tenderness while having a good chew.
What Kind Of Ribs To Buy
I recommend making this Instant Pot ribs recipe with baby back ribs. Baby back ribs are the most tender type of pork ribs. They are smaller than spareribs and thats why theyre called baby back ribs because of their small size. A rack of baby back ribs contains about 12 ribs and will serve about 4 people, depending on how big of an appetite they have.
You can also use spareribs in this recipe. Spareribs are larger than baby back ribs and will take longer to cook in the Instant Pot. They are often fattier but may also have more meat on each rib.
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How To Use Homemade Barbecue Sauce
The beauty of this easy sauce is that it can be used in any recipe that calls for premade barbecue sauce, or you can use it to spice up your favorite protein or even salad.;
- Ribs. You can use this homemade BBQ sauce for pulled pork and for ribs .
- Salad. I love using this sauce;to make my favorite BBQ Chicken Salad.
- Chicken. This is a delicious BBQ sauce recipe for chicken recipes like these Maple Bourbon Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. Or this Crock Pot BBQ Chicken. It would also be yummy brushed over grilled chicken breasts.
- Meatballs. Brush it over these;Baked Turkey Meatballs for a different flavor spin.
Should I Wrap The Ribs In Foil
While not all Pitmasters pack their meat in a cooks final stepthe foil wrapper is known in barbecue circles as the Texas stoolpackaging is an effective way to finish a long cook without drying out the meat, and works for everything from pork shoulder to smoked ribs and beef brisket.
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How To Remove The Membrane From Pork Ribs
Removing the membrane from the posterior ribs At one end of the rack, slide a food knife under the membrane and onto a bone. Lift the diaphragm and loosen it until it breaks. Grasp the edge of the membrane with a paper towel and remove it. The membrane may come off in one piece or you may have to peel it off in smaller pieces.
Are Country Ribs Keto
If youre on a low carb or keto diet or are simply just trying to avoid sugar, well give you easy substitution ideas to make this a no sugar and keto-friendly instant pot pork ribs recipe.
While the instant pot pork country ribs as is is low carb since you dont use much sweetener, as written there are 5 net carbs per 4 ounces serving. You can make it completely without sugar by using a sugar-free pork rub and a BBQ sauce that doesnt add sugar either.;
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What Makes This Instant Pot Recipe So Good
Once you try this Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs, you wont have to order them at restaurants again! Heres why its so good:
Easy. Once you make this Instant Pot Pork Ribs, youll realize how easy it is to make. It uses repeatable steps that always comes out perfect.
Cheap. Buying baby back ribs in the grocery costs around $15. In restaurants, they tend to be quite expensive, usually more than $25, and it can even be a hit or miss with the quality. But these Instant Pot Pork Ribs are always delicious and better than a lot of the ones in restaurants!
Flexible. A lot of the ingredients are flexible so the possibilities are endless with what you can play around. For example, you can use spareribs or beef ribs instead of baby back ribs. You can use a different sauce instead of BBQ. I once did Instant Pot Jerk Ribs.
Versatile. BBQ Baby Back Ribs are definitely one of the perfect dishes for the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer because it allows you to pressure cook and air fry all in one pot. However, you can still do the caramelization in other ways by broiling in the oven or air frying separately, and Ive included them here too. Or you can even just skip the caramelization and stick with delicious pressure cooked ribs.
No Grill. This is very important for me because I live in a condo where a grill isnt allowed. By using the oven or air fryer, were able to make these BBQ ribs look like theyre grilled due to the caramelization of the BBQ sauce.
Easy Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
Cooking boneless pork ribs with BBQ sauce is and classic American comfort food as it getsespecially during the summer!
Making instant pot country style ribs is a hearty and easy meal you can enjoy on a weeknight and wait to start the recipe when you get home. Better yetboneless ribs in an instant pot mean you can enjoy them all-year-round! Its a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
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How To Make The Best Barbecue Sauce
Not only is making your own barbecue sauce from scratch infinitely more delicious than anything youll find at the store, it is EASY.
While this isnt one of those 3 ingredient BBQ sauce recipes , it is still super simple and its flavor is a dead ringer for the barbecue sauces Ive tried at legit BBQ joints.;
Lets break it down, BBQ-style.
Dry Rub Seasoning Ingredients:
So here’s the list of all the ingredients I used to make the Memphis-style dry rub seasoning: smoked paprika, chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, ancho chili powder, cayenne pepper, ground mustard, light brown sugar, dried oregano, ground ginger, black pepper, and salt.
I only used a small amount of sugar . Feel free to add more according to your taste if you like to be on the sweeter side.
This DIY dry rub seasoning isn’t only good for ribs, but would also be good for chicken wings or thighs, brisket,;pork;chops, or tofu!
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How Do You Know When Ribs Are Done In Slow Cooker
- Thermometer. Ribs are safe to eat at 145 degrees F, but the temperature should be at 190 degrees F or higher to ensure the most tender meat. You can use an instant read thermometer to check the exact temperature.
- Color. When done, the meat in the middle should be white, and there shouldnt be any pink juices.
- Bones. Check your ribs to see if the meat has drawn back from the bone. When done, the meat will expose some of the bone at the thin end of the ribs.
- Flexibility. Your ribs should be flexible but not falling apart. When you think your ribs are done, grab one end with a pair of tongs and pick them up. The ribs should bend towards the ground without falling apart.
- Tenderness. Gently insert a toothpick between two of the bones. If the toothpick goes in easily, then the ribs are done.
What Are Spare Ribs
The most common cuts of pork ribs are Spare Ribs, Baby Back Ribs, and St. Louis Style Ribs.
Spare Ribs are the cut of pork ribs from the bottom of the rib cage . The full slab of meat has straight & flat bones.
Its meaty, tender, and packed with porky flavors. In comparison, Spare Ribs are longer and a bigger cut of meat than baby back ribs and St. Louis Style Ribs, while likely being the least expensive!
Spare Ribs are really popular in Chinese cuisine especially the Spareribs with Black Bean Sauce!
Whereas, Baby Back Ribs are the cut of pork ribs from the top of the rib cage .
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How To Make It
In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients for dry rub . Set aside.
Rinse and pat dry the racks of meet, then remove the membrane.
NOTE:Some stores remove the membrane ahead of time. If yours is not removed, just slide a butter knife in between of the membrane and the bones, then pull the membrane off.
Season the meet with dry rub from both sides and rub it in.
Add 1 cup water and ½ cup apple cider vinegar to the pot and place the trivet in. Place the racks on the trivet, wrapping in a circle.
Close the lid and cook on manual high pressure for 23 minutes . When done, do natural pressure release for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to broil.
Place the ribs, meat side up, on a baking sheet, lined with aluminum foil. Brush with your favorite BBQ Sauce. Broil for about 5 minutes or until the barbecue sauce is caramelized.
What If I Have Bone
Since this is an instant pot country-style ribs recipe using BONELESS ribs, you might be wondering how to make this same recipe using bone-in country ribs.;
Simply follow the exact same recipe except youll add about 3 minutes to the pressure cooker cooking time. By some chance, if your ribs arent fall-off-the-bone just add 2 more minutes to the cooking time!;
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Instant Pot Ribs With Cola Bbq Sauce
Instant Pot Ribs With Cola BBQ Sauce are ready in an hour in the pressure cooker! Fall-off-the-bone tender with a sweet and tangy Cola sauce, theyre finger-licking, lip-smacking amazing!
This is my first post on the blog and I am so excited! Ive been blogging since 2013, yet The Recipe Pot still feels like a brand new adventure. Its my new baby, and I cant wait to see it grow.
Although I have a good few recipes ready to go, I thought these BBQ pork ribs should be the first one up. Because what better way to kick off a pressure cooker/slow cooker/air fryer recipe site than Instant Pot ribs? If theres ONE reason why you need an Instant Pot in your life, its that you can have fall-off-the-bone tender, finger-licking, lip-smacking awesome ribs in an hour!
How Do You Transport The Ribs To The Tailgate
If youre driving longer distances, cool the ribs, pop them in a Ziploc, and put them in a cooler until youre ready to warm them up on the grill.
If youre running late and only going a short distance, you can take them in the Instant Pot itself! I just release the pressure completely, leave them in the pot, and hit the road.
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Easy 30 Minute Instant Pot Ribs Recipe
Begin by preparing the ribs. You can use spareribs or baby back ribs. If you use baby back ribs, remove the membrane off the back first. Then cut the ribs in to 3-4 sections so theyll fit in the Instant Pot.
We had two huge racks of pork spareribs equaling about 7-8 pounds total. I split each rack into 3 pieces and cooked them in two batches.
In order to cook anything in the Instant Pot, you need at least 1 cup of liquid. We always use cola for these ribs but you can use beer as well.
Next, season the ribs with the rub which is made with brown sugar, liquid smoke, garlic, salt and pepper.
Place the ribs in the Instant Pot on top of each other. Theres no need to use the rack. Just stack them up. You can also add a sliced onion for more flavor.
Put the cover on the Instant Pot and set the vent to seal. Cook on manual for 18-25 minutes. Cook time will depend on how off the bone you want your meat. Cooking them for 18 minutes will get the meat cooked, but not falling off the bone tender.
Use tongs to carefully remove the ribs from the Instant Pot.
The ribs at this point are ready to eat. You can simply put some barbecue sauce on them and eat them. But they are so much better if you brown them up in the broiler or on the grill.
These were finished in the broiler. You can see how to grill them in our Slow Cooker Spare Rib recipe.;Broil the ribs for 10-15 minutes until they are browned. Be careful to keep an eye on them as the barbecue sauce can burn easily.
Ingredients In Instant Pot Bbq Pork Ribs
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Ribs ;Baby back pork ribs are what were using today. About 2 racks worth.
- Apple Juice ;We need some liquid in our pressure cooker to ensure it actually works. Dont worry about the juice washing off your dry rub!
- Apple Cider Vinegar ;We need some tang to our ribs and apple cider vinegar is the best thing for it. It will also chemically tenderize your meat while it cooks. If white vinegar is all you have that is more than fine as a substitute.
- Liquid smoke ;This ingredient is optional if you cant find any at your supermarket, but I definitely recommend it in terms of achieving that smokey flavor that all good BBQ has.
- Sugar ;We want to be sure our rub has a bit of sweetness, and that complex molasses flavor that we get from brown sugar is what we want most of all.
- Seasoning ;Salt and pepper! Savory and rubbed in well.
- Spices Dry mustard, onion powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper all mixed up well. These ingredients are key to achieving our scrumptious flavor so do your best to hunt them down!
Whiskey BBQ Sauce
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What Do You Need To Make The Dry
The dry rub is what will add flavor to the ribs. I absolutely love my homemade dry rub recipe, its perfectly balanced when it comes to sweet and spicy. Also, it has some cinnamon and nutmeg that elevates the other flavors and just adds another layer of something that you cant really put a finger on, but you can taste its awesomeness. Here are all the spices that I have used:
How Long To Cook Ribs In The Instant Pot
Our Instant Pot ribs recipe works for both beef ribs and pork ribs! Youll just want to take note of the slightly different cooking times. We tested it with:
- Baby back ribs: 30 minutes under pressure
- St. Louis-style ribs: 32 minutes under pressure
- Beef short ribs: 38 minutes under pressure
- Beef short back ribs: 35 minutes under pressure
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Pressure Cook The Ribs
You always need at least 1 cup of liquid in your Instant Pot for pressure cooking. Before putting the ribs in your Instant Pot, pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the pot. I prefer to use water rather than apple juice in this recipe because I like to let the flavor of the ribs and dry rub shine through without adding apple flavor into the mix.
Next put the metal trivet that came with your Instant Pot in the bottom of the pot. Youre going to cook the ribs on the trivet to keep them from sitting in the water.
Stand the ribs up on the trivet so that the rib bones are going up and down. You can lean the ribs against the side of the Instant Pot and against each other. You can fit at least two racks of baby back ribs in a 6 quart Instant Pot, and likely three racks if you are feeding a crowd.
Youll pressure cook baby back ribs for 25 minutes at high pressure, followed by a 15 minute natural release. If youre cooking spareribs, they will need to pressure cook for 35 minutes plus a full natural release.
More Amazing Rib Recipes
Remove ribs from the Instant Pot and spread them out on a baking sheet. Brush liberally with barbecue sauce and broil on high heat for 5 minutes. Slice ribs and serve with sides and extra sauce.
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To reheat leftover ribs, wrap them tightly in foil and heat them in a 350 F oven until heated through, about 15 minutes. You can also grill them for 10-15 minutes over medium heat. Serve with extra sauce!
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