Instant Pot Pork Ribs

Tender fall off the bone Baby Back Ribs or spare ribs are made easy in the Instant Pot! Add a savory dry rub and barbecue sauce for a perfect weeknight meal, last minute dinner, or you could cook them for your next BBQ! This is one of the best Instant Pot Pork Ribs Recipes!

Instant Pot Pork Ribs Recipe

Instant Pot Pork Ribs

When making ribs, it can be time consuming. I have tried numerous recipes that include boiling the ribs first and they never taste as good as when I make them in my Instant Pot and then briefly stick them under the broiler.

People will be floored when they find out you didn’t slave over the grill all-day.

Instapot Ribs

Before I jump into how you are going to make the ribs, I want to tell you a very important step that will insure your meat will turn out super tender and flavorful.

Removing the Membranes!

Removing the Membranes for your Instant Pot Pork Ribs:

If you are familiar with pork ribs, then you are aware that there is a membrane called the “peritoneum”, that needs to be removed before applying your dry rub and cooking.

If you don’t remove this, then your dry rub won’t penetrate the meat. Some stores like Costco, remove the membrane so you don’t have to do this, if not you can just follow these steps.

How to Remove the Membranes:

  • Put the ribs so the meaty part is face down.
  • Loosen the membrane with a butter knife or just use your fingers. (It’ll look like a sort of floppy white piece of tissue.)
  • Keep a firm grip and just peel the membrane from the ribs.
  • Discard the membrane and start preparing your ribs.

My favorite way to make Baby Back Ribs using Instant Pot

What’s great about this Pork Ribs Recipe is that it doesn’t take all day to make. I recently bought the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W and I LOVE IT! I wasn’t sure I would use it that much, but I seriously use it more than I don’t!

It truly makes dinner time fast and easy. Not only is it a Pressure Cooker but a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, you can use it for Saute/Browning, as a Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer.

Can you believe that one appliance can do the job of seven? I seriously love this pot! 

Instant Pot IP 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker

Be sure to check out our video tutorial near the end of the post. Also, head over to see our roundup of 52 Quick and Easy Instant Pot Recipes that include soups, appetizers, main dishes, desserts, drinks and more!

52 Quick and Easy Instant Pot Recipes

How to Make Instant Pot Pork Ribs

First you are going to mix the ingredients for rub and then rub onto the meat.

Dry Ingredients for the Rub

Next you will add liquids to Instant Pot with the trivet placed in the bottom.

Applying dry rub to Pork Ribs

You will cut the ribs in 3-4 rib pieces and place in pot.

Dry Rub for Instapot Pork Ribs Recipe

After cutting and placing the ribs in the pot, make sure you lock the lid on top and seal vent.

Timer set on Instapot for Ribs

Adjust the Instant Pot to cook on manual for 20 to 25 minutes.

After the ribs are done cooking, you can slather them with your favorite BBQ sauce or make your own. We like to use Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce.

Ribs in Instapot after cooking

I also love to put the ribs under the broiler for a few minutes so I get that crispy charbroiled outer coating. Make sure the meaty side of the ribs is facing up when putting under the broiler.

If you are looking for more Easy Pulled Pork Recipes, be sure to check out Crock Pot German Beer and Mustard Pulled Pork ,  Crock Pot Chipotle Spiced Shredded Pork Recipe and our very popular Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe!

Easy Instapot Pork Ribs Recipe

If you have leftovers, be sure to store them in these glass meal prep bowls.

Easy Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Pork Ribs

Yield: 2-4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Tender fall off the bone Baby Back Ribs or spare ribs are made easy in the Instant Pot! Add a savory dry rub and barbecue sauce for a perfect weeknight meal, last minute dinner, or you could cook them for your next BBQ!



  • 1 tablespoon pink sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  •  1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons steak seasoning
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  • Rack of ribs
  • BBQ sauce of your preference
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar


  1. Mix ingredients for rub and then rub onto meat
  2. Add liquids to Instant Pot with trivet placed in bottom.
  3. Cut ribs in 3-4 rib pieces and place in pot.
  4. Set lid on top and seal vent.
  5. Cook on manual for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Release vent.
  7. Remove ribs and slather with your favorite BBQ sauce.
  8. To crisp place ribs under a broiler for 5 minutes.


  • PLEASE NOTE: Both spare ribs and baby back ribs can be prepared using this method in the Instant Pot. They just need different cook times.
  1. Baby Back Ribs: 25 minutes on High Pressure
  2. Spare Ribs: 35 minutes on High Pressure (For spare ribs, be sure to let pressure release naturally because it's a much tougher cut of meat and needs the entire time to become tender)

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 2262mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Instant Pot Pork Ribs was last modified: May 28th, 2020 by Bianca

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