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Easy Instant Pot Ribs

slow cooker ribs recipe

You guys asked for more Instant Pot recipes so here you go!!

No one is paying me to say this (hah) but I TRULY think this recipe alone is worth the price of the Instant Pot. It’s just so easy. We love ribs and even though I have a great slow cooker recipe already, it takes hours. This, on the other hand, takes about an hour – start to finish. The ribs actually cook for 35 minutes but then you have to factor in the time it takes for the pot to heat up and cool down…so about an hour overall. Still, that is not bad! And they are so, so, so tender….Adam took one bite, looks at me and goes, “If I wasn’t an Instant Pot believer before, now I definitely am!!”.

Speaking of Adam, he took the money shot for this blog post and I think he did a pretty good job. I made these around 4:30pm and right when they were done, got all caught up with the kids so Adam took over the photography. Thanks, babe. πŸ˜‰

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

You only need four ingredients to make these awesome ribs: just the ribs, themselves, chicken broth, garlic salt and your favorite barbecue sauce.

I really love this barbecue sauce from Trader Joe’s! Stubbs Sweet Heat is also really great.

barbecue sauce

I plan to make these bad boys again really soon. They were a hit with the whole family — you guys should have seen the look on Luke’s face when we handed him a rib. He was literally shaking with excitement. I am not making this up! I should have snapped a photo.

Serve these ribs with sweet potato grits and sauteed collard greens. You’ll thank me later!

Easy Instant Pot Ribs

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Easy Instant Pot Ribs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Ingredients
  • 2 racks babyback ribs divided into three or four rib sections
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Rub the ribs all over with the garlic salt.

  2. Place the trivet in your Instant Pot and pour the chicken broth in.

  3. Stack the ribs into the Instant Pot on top of the trivet - it might be a tight squeeze!

  4. Turn Instant Pot to MANUAL for 35 minutes. When the timer goes off, do a NPR (natural pressure release). Preheat your broiler to high.

  5. Place the ribs on a baking sheet and douse with barbecue sauce. Really, use a lot of sauce! I used the entire bottle for two racks of ribs. Get them good. Sprinkle sea salt on top.

  6. Broil for 5 minutes. 

  7. Serve ribs with additional barbecue sauce on the side!

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    March 9, 2017 at 6:50 am

    I don’t have an instant pot but this recipe is making it very tempting to go get one!

  • Reply
    Amy
    March 9, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Yum! Definitely trying this! Do you think I could throw them on the grill instead of the broiler? If so, how long?

    • Reply
      jenna
      March 9, 2017 at 6:55 am

      I do! I would do 5-10 minutes – they will already be cooked through – you’re just browning them a bit. πŸ™‚ You could also do the oven at 500.

    • Reply
      JosephineTomato
      March 9, 2017 at 7:44 am

      We do that (put them on the grill when finished) – first we char them a bit on both sides (3-ish mins per side) and then add the sauce (it burns so quickly) and give them a couple more minutes total.

  • Reply
    carrie this fit chick
    March 9, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I’ve seen that sauce at Tj’s before!! It sounds so good. Nothing like BBQ and bourbon!

  • Reply
    Christina @ montessoriishmom.com
    March 9, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I actually just tried ribs for the first time last year, these look so good though!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    March 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Ahh Jenna, these made my mouth water…. and I’m vegetarian. Look so scrumptious πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Kalyn @ Goaloflosing.com
    March 9, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Holy moley, girlfriend. This looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Kristen
    March 9, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Looks delish!!! My fiance would love these.

  • Reply
    Stacy | POP KITCHEN
    March 9, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I have a friend with an instant pot. I’m inviting her over for dinner so I can use it and make these!!

  • Reply
    Annie
    March 10, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Oh my gosh my husband is going to LOVE you for this recipe!! We’d love our instantpot also πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Samantha
    March 10, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Could you do the same thing in the crock pot? I don’t have an instant pot but these sound so good!

  • Reply
    Christina
    March 10, 2017 at 7:37 am

    This looks AMAZING! I am going to run to TJ’s tonight to get everything I need to make these for Saturday night dinner. One questions – if I do just one rack of ribs, is the timing the same. I’m an Instantpot newbie (made only a few things) and want to make sure i get it right. Thank you, Jenna!

  • Reply
    alexandra
    March 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    These look delicious! Which recipe do you use for the crock pot?

    • Reply
      jenna
      March 13, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      You can find it in the recipe section on this site under slow cooker recipes – it’s really tasty!

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