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Fall-Off-The-Bone Pork Ribs – Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker / Oven

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 Stove

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: Prep: 7 minutes; Cooking: 30 minutes + 4 minutes broil




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/PRESSURE COOK (high-pressure) for 30 minutes. (28 minutes if you don't prefer fall-off-the bone)


Wait 10 minutes before releasing the pressure (NPR 10), or, release the pressure instantly by turning the knob to VENTING mode (QR-quick release- yup, it works too). Using tongs, remove the ribs and place them on a foil lined baking sheet. Coat them with your favorite barbecue sauce. Adjust the top rack of the oven to the second level grooves. Place the baking sheet, cook in BROIL mode, for 2-5 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.

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  • Reply
    Gary Wise
    January 24, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I highly suggest instead of Quick Release, to do Natural/Slow Pressure Release.
    Meats such as the pork ribs- will be tough if QR, for tender you will need to NPR.

    • Reply
      January 24, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you for the tip Gary! I have been making Ribs using this recipe for years now- each time the result is tender and fall-off-the-bone. If you had a chance to look at the video, you’ll see it for yourself 🙂 I will try NPR next time and see if there is any difference. Thanks again!

  • Reply
    March 23, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Hi, do any of the measurements change if trying to fit 1.5 or 2 racks of ribs in the Instant Pot 6qt? Would it be a longer time and/or more vinegar/stock?

    • Reply
      March 23, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Hi JP, the measurements are for 1 rack of ribs, roughly 3-4 lbs. If you’re cooking more than one, simply multiply accordingly. The cook time remains the same in Instant POt. Would love to hear back how they turned out. Happy Cooking!

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