Instant Pot Ribs

Finger licking good sticky Instant Pot Ribs with a rub and homemade BBQ sauce! Pressure Cooker Ribs cooked in only 30 minutes or less.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 532 kcal
Author Sheena Strain


  • 3 lb Baby Back Ribs remove membrane
  • 1/2 cup water

BBQ Dry Rub


  1. If you are want to serve this with Homemade BBQ Sauce then make that first, it can cook and thicken up while the ribs are cooking.

  2. Add all the ingredients for the Memphis dry rub to a bowl and mix well to combine.
  3. Make sure you have removed the silver membrane from the back (rib side) of the ribs. You can do this by inserting a table knife under the membrane at one end of the ribs to lift and loosen the membrane then peel it back. (See video above for details)

  4. Rub the Memphis spice rub mixture onto both sides of the ribs, you may not need it all.

  5. Add the small trivet with handles that came with your Instant Pot into the inner pot and pour in 1/2 cup water.

  6. Curl the ribs round the inside of the pressure cooker (see video) if the ribs are larger you may need to cut them into two pieces to make them fit.

  7. Lock the lid, turn the steam release vent to 'sealing' and using the manual setting, adjust it to cook for 15 minutes for Baby Back ribs, or 20 minutes for Spare Ribs. If you want really 'falling off the bone' ribs add another few minutes cook time.

  8. When the cook time time is up, allow the unit to reduce pressure on its own without opening the steam release vent (Natural Release) for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure and open the lid.

  9. Put the ribs onto a sheet pan (ideally with a sheet pan rack ) and brush with the homemade BBQ sauce, or other gluten free BBQ sauce of your choice.

  10. Place the ribs under the broiler for a few minutes at a time to get nice and sticky, you'll need to turn them at least once and apply more BBQ sauce to all sides.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Pork Rib Types - You can use either baby back or spare ribs with this recipe, I have the cook time for both listed above, the larger spare ribs may need to be cut into two pieces to make it fit in your pressure cooker. 

BBQ Sauce - I have my own recipe for BBQ that I prefer to use but if you don't have time to make that then you can use any other type you prefer, we like Stubbs as it tastes good and it gluten free. 

Nutrition - is based on a 3lb rack of ribs and does not include any BBQ sauce.

Serving Size - I'm assuming that one rack of ribs will serve four, but that may vary based on the exact size. 

Storage - The cooked ribs will keep for up to four days in the fridge. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 532 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 2813mg122%
Potassium 740mg21%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 3559IU71%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 99mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.