Instant Pot BBQ Ribs | 5 Ingredient Recipe | Low-Carb | Keto-Friendly

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!

The Instant Pot makes short work of ribs and they come out super tender. I used to cook these low and slow in the oven at 250º for 2-3 hours and then throw them on the grill with bbq sauce. That’s still a great way to make them, but if you want to acquire it done in a lot less time, try this method.

Some notes:
• I used apple juice for my cooking liquid, but you can use whatever liquid you love. Some great options are pickle juice, beer, broth, or just plain water.
• These back ribs were on a BOGO at the store, but you can use St. Louis ribs or spareribs. You may have to cut the spareribs down into sections to fit into your pot.
• I had some leftover homemade BBQ rub from a different recipe, but you can certainly use a store-bought rub. I just love the taste of the McCormick’s and they have such a wide variety of flavors.
• If you love a little more chew on your ribs, only cook for 20 minutes. Go for 30 if you want them more fall-apart.

Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart:
Stainless Steal Steamer Basket:

Today’s Ingredients:
2 racks of pork ribs, 3-4 lbs each
liquid smoke, about ¼ cup
BBQ rub, about ½ cup
2 cups apple juice
BBQ sauce

1. Pat the ribs dry and remove the membrane from the backside.
2. Rub a little liquid smoke on the ribs – this will assist the seasoning stick – then rub with your seasoning mix. Set the ribs aside for 15-30 minutes before cooking.
3. Pour the apple juice into the pot insert and set a steam rack into the pot. Coil the ribs and insert them into the Instant Pot. Try to leave a little space in between the coils to let the steam work all around the meat.
4. Lock the lid and cook on manual/high for 25 minutes, then natural pressure release for 15-20 minutes before fast-releasing any remaining pressure.
5. Remove the ribs onto a baking sheet.
6. Slather with barbeque sauce and put under a broiler for 5-10 minutes. Flip and repeat on the other side.
7. Yum.

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