Pressure Cooker Ribs


  • 1-2 racks pork ribs (*see note below)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple juice , or ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke , optional
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce , homemade or store-bought


  1. Remove membranes from the back of ribs, if needed.
  2. Rubs seasonings over both sides of ribs.
  3. Place wire trivet rack in the bottom of the instant pot.
  4. Add water, apple juice (or apple cider vinegar) and liquid smoke (optional, but recommended for that great smoky flavor).
  5. Place the ribs upright, with the meat side facing out. If you’re using one large rack of ribs, then circle them around the pot.
  6. Secure lid and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.
  7. After 25 minutes, allow the pressure to naturally release.
  8. Carefully remove ribs and slather them in BBQ sauce.
  9. Grill them for 2-3 minutes to caramelize the BBQ sauce.


*For spare ribs, add 5-10 minutes to the cooking time (high number for “fall-off-the-bone” ribs, lower number for tender ribs).


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