Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs: Easy and Yum!

Rib Lovers Unite! Here's a recipe that's super easy, takes only 30 minutes pressure cooking with my Multi-Function Instant Pot, and will hit that spot without hard-hitting your wallet. That's right, you read me right. Thirty minute pressure cooked ribs. (Read my review of the Instant Pot HERE).

I've made it twice using the Instant Pot so far and both times it produced fall-off-the-bone tender and tasty ribs that the entire family LOVED. Made from scratch with no additives, MSG, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup, these ribs are actually, healthy. Recipe adapted for the Instant Pot from Scott Hibb's famous rib recipe , minus the onion and whiskey. I'm actually salivating as I plug away at this blog post!

Sorry blur iPhone pic taken with rib-sticky fingers
- I nearly forgot to even take this one pic!

(for 6 large half racks of baby backs, feeding 6)
Three 2 lb slabs of baby back ribs (7 lbs or about 3 kg total)
3 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon fine ground cayenne powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder (Love Frontier's organic one)
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 cup apple cider vinegar (I like Bragg's)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 cup water
*The fresh ribs are about $25 from Restaurant Depot. The finished ribs cost about $150 in a restaurant. 

  1. Prep the ribs by removing the membrane that covers the inner part of the ribs. This allows the flavor and seasonings to penetrate the meat. (See a video tutorial HERE).
  2. Lay the ribs out on a large tray. You'll season one side first, then the other side. On one side, sprinkle on half the salt, cayenne powder, black pepper, garlic powder. Repeat with the rest of these seasonings on the other side.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, molasses, honey and liquid smoke. Pour this sauce over the ribs. Turn over to coat the other side.
  4. Arrange the ribs in the Instant Pot, meaty part facing outward and sort of nestled circular-like (see pic). Pour the sauce from the tray into the Pot. 
  5. Seasoned ribs in the Instant Pot ready to go
  6. Place the lid on the Pot, set the pressure valve to 'seal' and select 'Stew', which will give 30 minutes of pressure cooking. It will take 15-20 minutes for the liquid inside to come to a boil and build up pressure, then it will pressure cook for 30 minutes. So total cook time including prep is about an hour.
  7. When the time is up, pull out the ribs and arrange on a tray. 
  8. Preheat the oven to grill on 'Low'.
  9. Reduce the liquid left in the pot to a basting sauce by heating it on high in a saucepan for 5-10 minutes. Stir the cornstarch with the 1/8 cup of water, then add that to the reduced sauce to thicken it. Stir vigorously while adding the cornstarch solution. At this point, taste and adjust salt and sugar as you prefer.
  10. Baste the ribs generously with the basting sauce. Place the basted ribs in the oven for 5 minutes for a beautiful char-grilled finish.
  11. Enjoy!
Do you have a favorite no-fail rib recipe to share? I welcome you to try mine and let me know how it turned out for you!

xo Gracie 

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  1. i have been looking for instant pot recipes. thanks so much!

    1. Hey bumble, thanks for stopping by! Would love to know how my recipe worked for you. Stay posted for more instant pot recipes!

  2. Great job Grace! These turned out very tasty and "fall off the bone".

  3. I may have missed, did you place a trivet in the bottom of the pot? They look so good!

    1. Thanks for your question mary. No trivet. Just place ribs directly in pot. Let me know how they turned out for you!

  4. Hi, these sound amazing! I'm going to attempt them tonight. I was wondering though, what temp should I set the oven to, and do the ribs go in the oven or in the broiler?

    1. Hi becka! Thanks for your question. The basted ribs should go in the oven with broiler set on low (high setting blackens too quickly) for about five minutes on each side. All the best!

  5. I'm making these right now. Do I use a natural release or a quick release?

    1. Quick release is fine. I usually do that if I'm pressed for time. All the best!

  6. So darn great! Just as described and hubby loved it! Thank you.

    1. Thanks for your great feedback and so glad the ribs turned out delicious. This recipe remains my fav for easy ribs!


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