Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

You read that right. These Instant Pot Baby Back ribs are ready in under an hour! And if you ask my family, they’re every bit as good as the real thing. The only ‘bad’ thing is that you can only do one rack at a time, which at our house means there’ll be no leftovers. #realfoodfamilyproblems

Serves 2-4


Spice rub:

  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • cilantro, for garnish


  1. Remove the membrane from the bottom side of the ribs by running a knife under the skin and then use a paper towel to grip and pull back to remove.
  2. Season ribs with spice rub on the meat side of the ribs. Then brush the ribs with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce.
  3. Pour beef broth in the basin of the instant pot then place the rack on top (that comes with the instant pot) and place the baby back ribs inside the pot, standing on their side, wrapping around the inside of the pot.
  4. Secure the lid, close off the pressure valve, turn on and press manual to high pressure and press the up button until the time hits 30 minutes then let the valve naturally release (for more tender ribs) or quick release. I let mine naturally release for 10 minutes.
  5. While the instant pot naturally release, preheat oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with foil. When the valve has released, remove ribs and brush with another 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce then place in the oven to broil and brown for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with BBQ sauce on the side and garnish with cilantro.