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2 racks of baby back ribs covered in bbq sauce on a white plate
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5 from 12 votes

Fall Off The Bone Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

Ribs are one of my favorite things to eat. These fall of the bone instant pot baby back ribs hit the spot. You feel like you are eating at a high-end barbecue restaurant. The best part is they are ready to eat in less than 90 minutes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Resting Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, instant pot, pork
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 551kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Tongs
  • sheet pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Basting brush
  • Scissors
  • Butter knife

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of baby back ribs 1 1/3 kg
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp. ground pepper more or less according to taste
  • 1 cup of water 250ml
  • 6 to 7 drops of liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce 115g more as needed

Instructions

  • First, remove the ribs from the packaging and damp each side dry with a paper towel.
  • Use a butter knife and go under the membrane on the back of the ribs. Then pull it off using your hands. If you can't get the membrane off, you can leave it on.
  • Season heavily on the top with kosher salt and pepper. You may also add some garlic powder if you like. These simple seasonings work wonders for the meat.
  • Add 1 cup of filtered or good-tasting tap water to the Instant Pot. Then add 6 to 8 drops of liquid smoke.
  • Curl the ribs bone side in and place in the Instant Pot. Lock the lid and set the time manually for 23 minutes. Allow the Instant Pot to work its magic or science.
  • After the timer goes off, allow the pressure to dissipate naturally. Meaning just let it sit there for 20 to 30 minutes. Then open the pressure regulator on the top and let any remaining steam out.
  • Remove the ribs with tongs and place on an aluminum foil-lined sheet pan. Cover generously with your favorite barbecue sauce.
  • Cook the ribs in a preheated oven at 450 F (232 C) for 13 to 15 minutes until a nice crusty barbecue sauce glaze forms on the top. Remove the ribs and let them cool for a few minutes before serving them up. Enjoy!

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Notes

*The nutritional facts will vary slightly depending on the barbecue sauce you use.
List of nutritional facts for instant pot baby back ribs