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Instant Pot BBQ Baby Back Ribs
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Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Ribs- Only 4 ingredients! These Baby Back Ribs are layered in the Instant pot and cooked in a mixture of apple juice and cider vinegar They are then  finished off with your favorite BBQ sauce and a few minutes under the broiler for some extra caramelization.  The combination yields the most tender, fall-off-the-bone delicious ribs!

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 248kcal


  • Instant Pot/ Pressure Cooker


  • 1-2 racks baby back ribs about 2 ½ - 3 ½ lbs. total
  • 4 cups apple juice
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup prepared BBQ sauce


  • Remove the membrane ( also called “silverskin”) from ribs by placing the rack bone side up (which is also the side with the membranon a cutting board . Starting at one end of the rack, slip a knife tip under the translucent membrane. Keep using the knife to loosen up enough to be able to get a good grasp on the membrane. You may want to use a paper towel to get a better grip. Once you’ve got a good grip, peel the membrane off the ribs. It should peel in one big sheet, if not simply use the knife tip again to loosen up the silverskin and continue to peel. Continue with each rack. Cut rack(s) in half crosswise).
  • Stack the ribs, meat side down, in the Instant Pot. Pour the apple juice and cider vinegar over the ribs. Secure the lid and set vent to SEALING. Select the MEAT/STEW function and set for 20 mins. on HIGH PRESSURE . When the cooking cycle has completed allow pot to NATURALLY RELEASE for 15 minutes.
  • While the pressure is releasing, preheat oven to broil, and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Once pressure has naturally released for 15 minutes, move the pressure release valve to VENTING / QUICK RELEASE to remove any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully remove ribs, with tongs and place on the prepared sheet pan (discarding any remaining cooking liquid). Brush ribs with BBQ sauce and place under broiler until the BBQ sauce has become caramelized and the edges begin to brown (about 5-8 minutes). Remove from oven, cut the ribs apart, and serve.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 13.7g | Fat: 12.7g | Sodium: 125.3mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 14.5g