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Instant Pot Ribs cut on a plate and garnished with parsley.

Instant Pot Ribs Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
preheat time and natural release time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 483kcal
Author: Holly
Tasty and tender, this Instant Pot Ribs Recipe is the best ever and a must have for every cook.


  • 1 rack baby back ribs about 1 ½ - 2 pounds
  • 1 cup broth or water
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 6 Tablespoons dry rub store bought or homemade below
  • barbecue sauce optional


  • If your ribs have a membrane on the back side, slide a knife under to to lift it and pull it off. Rinse the ribs in cool water and pat dry with paper towel.
  • Cut ribs into pieces that will fit in the Instant Pot. Rub the dry rub into the ribs.
  • Place the rack in the Instant Pot and add broth.
  • Stand the ribs upright on the rack and top with onion and garlic.
  • Close and secure lid. Select manual pressure and set for 23 minutes (25 minutes if they are extra meaty).
  • Once time is up, allow a natural release for 5 minutes. Release remaining pressure.
  • Broil, or grill, and brush with barbecue sauce if desired.


1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke can be added to the cooking liquid if desired
To Make a Homemade Rib Rub, combine the following.
2 Tablespoons paprika
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons oregano


Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 855mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 4339IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 9mg