Summertime means BBQ time in our home. One of our all-time favorite BBQ dishes is Pork ribs! This smoky, sticky, juicy, fall-off-the-bone-tender goodness is a crowd pleaser for sure. But, who says you need a grill to make them? And who says, you can’t make them in Winter?
In our home, I’m the cook and my husband is the mixologist, so our territories are pretty clear when we’re entertaining or cooking for our family- I am in charge of the food and he makes some wicked good drinks, which can easily make another blog someday:-) But, when it comes to Pork Ribs, he’s the guy you want to talk to. BBQ Pork Ribs are probably one of his favorite foods to cook and eat. He has tried out some of the best southern BBQ places, has gone up to chefs and asked for their recipes. In the end, he came up with a cocktail of all recipes and made this version. In my husband’s easy Instant Pot 6Qt (electrical pressure-cooker) version, the ribs are cooked to perfection in the pressure cooker, then coated with BBQ sauce and finished off in the oven broiler (or BBQ grill), for the ultimate Pork Ribs ever! This recipe is pretty easy to double for entertaining, as shown in the video!
The best part about this one-pot wonder – he had no mess to clean and was out in the backyard, grilling chicken and corn and sipping his signature Mojito, while the Instant Pot 6Qt was at work!
Tip: We like our ribs really fall-off-the-bone, so the 30 minutes MANUAL time works for us. But if you’d like them less tender than that, you can reduce the cooking time to 26-28 minutes. Another way to keep ribs intact is to leave the membrane as-is. The membrane keeps the rack together.
This recipe can also be made entirely in the oven- Here’s how:
Oven recipe: Follow step 1. When you’re done with step 1. Turn ON the oven at 400°F. Wrap the ribs in heavy-duty foil so that the juices don’t leak. Cook for 90 minutes. Remove from the oven and continue with step 3. Enjoy!
There are times when he makes his own BBQ sauce. But these days there are so many great tasting store-bought sauces out there, that it’s a legit shortcut that save you so much time and the result is still lip-smacking good. Our current favorite is the Trader Joe’s TJ’s Bold & Smoky Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce. It’s so good on chicken too!
Fall-Off-The-Bone Pork Ribs- Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker or StovePrint Recipe
- 1 Rack of ribs
- DRY RUB:
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Salt
- 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1.5 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- FOR ADDING IN THE INSTANT POT
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 tablespoons White Wine Vinegar, or, Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- FOR GRILLING/BROILING:
- 5 tablespoons Barbecue Sauce of your choice
In a bowl, mix together all ingredients listed under "Dry Rub". Line a tray with aluminum foil and lay the ribs upside down. Using a paper towel, remove the thin membrane at the back of the ribs, as shown in the video. This step is optional. Coat the ribs liberally with the dry rub. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
Turn on the Instant Pot (pressure cooker). Pour in the water, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Coil the ribs around to fit in the pot. Close the lid. Turn pressure knob to SEALING mode. Cook on MANUAL (high-pressure) for 30 minutes. (28 minutes if you don't prefer fall-off-the bone)
Release the pressure instantly by turning the knob to VENTING mode (QR-quick release). Using tongs, remove the ribs and place them on a foil lined baking sheet. Coat them with your favorite barbecue sauce and put them on the second from top rack of the oven, in BROIL mode, for 2-4 minutes on the presentation side (oven temperatures may differ so its best to start watching after 2 minutes). This step can alternatively be done on the BBQ grill for the same time.