instant pot baby back ribs

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

Perfect Week Night Dinner Plan. From start to finish all done within one hour.
Course Instant Pot
Cuisine American Quick
Keyword Instant Post Baby Back Ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 299kcal
Author Steven Pennington


  • 1 Rack of Baby Back Ribs
  • 12 oz can of Contentrated Apple Juice
  • Enough Dry Rub to cover the entire rack of ribs plus 2 Tbsp for the cooking liquid
  • 8 Cups of Water
  • BBQ Sauce
  • -BBQ Sauce Recipe Below This Recipe card


  • Remove the Ribs from the package and rinse the ribs off and pat dry.
  • Next cover the ribs with honey. Just pour enough to cover. This will act as glue to help the dry rub stick. Some people like using Mustard instead of Honey. Then sprinkle on a liberal amount of dry rub and work it lightly into the Ribs.
  • The Ribs need to sit for a minimum of 5 minutes with the dry rub. This will act like a quick cure allowing the dry rub to penetrate the meat.
  • Add the can of Apple Juice to the Instant Pot along with 2 Tbsp of dry rub and 8 cups of water. Or enough water to almost cover the ribs.
  • Place the ribs into the Instant Pot. You could cut the ribs in half or keep them whole.
  • Secure the Instant Pot Lid.

Instant Pot Settings & Safety

  • First move the top pressure switch over to "Sealing" from "Release".
  • Once the lid is secure press the "Meat/Stew" option on the front panel. This is a pressure cooker setting. Next make sure the Instant Pot is set to "High" pressure and "Normal".
  • See photo:
    instant pot settings for ribs in one hour
  • Set your timer from 35 minutes for normal size Ribs. Thicker Ribs can be anywhere up to 45 minutes. Which is what I used.
  • The Instant Pot will switch on, then and will take about 7 minutes to pressurize the Instant Pot. From there the Instant Pot timer will reappear and start the countdown.
  • Once the timer as expired, using something heat safe, move the top pressure valve to release.
  • The steam will start to release. You will know the Instant Pot is safe to open once the release valve drops back into the Instant Pot
  • Next remove the lid and pour out all the cooking liquid and place the ribs back into the Instant Pot for a few minutes to cool down. Then remove the ribs and place them on a roasting rack a paint on BBQ sauce. The ribs will still be hot and happy to suck up that BBQ sauce. #FlavorBuilding
  • Place the ribs into the oven under the broiler for added texture and presentation. Be careful that the rack in your oven isn't too close to the top broiler or the BBQ sauce could burn.
  • Please Enjoy!!!



Serving: 3ounce | Calories: 299kcal | Protein: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 259mg | Iron: 2mg