BBQ Ribs in the Instant Pot – Instant Pot Ribs Recipe

You’ve probably heard of the Instant Pot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

BBQ Ribs in the Instant Pot @InstantPotLife


5-6 lbs of back ribs (2 racks)
4 tablespoons of salt
1 tablespoon of pepper
2 tablespoons of garlic powder (or 3-4 cloves of garlic)
2 tablespoons of onion powder (or 2 onions)
BBQ sauce options:
2 cups Kalbi sauce (no need for water) OR
1/2 cup ketchup, 1/4 bullseye bbq sauce, 1/4 maple syrup
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
1/2 cup Cold Water


1. To make sauce, combine ketchup, barbecue sauce, maple syrup, and half a cup of water. You can also substitute with any bbq sauce you love (I’ve also made with Kalbi sauce – 2 cups, no water needed)
2. To marinate ribs, rub onions, garlic, salt and pepper onto both sides of ribs. Marinate overnight for best results.
3. Open the lid, roll up ribs and put into instant pot vertically.
4. Add sauce and 1/2 cup of water.
5. Close the lid. Select meat or manual, high pressure cooking, for 25 minutes.
6. When done, do a fast Release and remove ribs. You can also wait for pressure to release naturally if you want.
7. Thicken sauce by selecting Saute. make a cornstarch slurry by combining 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/2 cup cold water. Pour slurry into sauce. When this bubbles, it is done.
8. Pour sauce over ribs and serve. Or you can put into oven to caramelize the top. Set your oven to broil at 400 degrees fahrenheit for about 10 to 15 minutes.

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