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Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs Recipe

These Instant Pot ribs take about an hour total in the Instant Pot and they're fall off the bone tender. Absolutely delicious and restaurant quality!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Broiling: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 218kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 rack baby back ribs about 4 pounds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke optional
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 tablespoons dry rub
  • barbecue sauce optional

Dry Rub Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Rinse ribs and pat dry. Remove the thin membrane from the back of the ribs.
  • Cut slab into 4-6 pieces (enough so they fit into the Instant Pot on their sides) and coat with dry rub massaging the rub mixture into the meat.
  • Place trivet in the bottom of your Instant Pot.
  • Add water and liquid smoke.
  • Set ribs upright on the trivet (so they are not stacked on top of one another, rather next to eachother.
  • Secure the Instant Pot lid, select manual pressure and set the timer for 25 minutes.
  • Once done, allow the Instant Pot to natural release for 5 minutes.
  • Carefully open sealing valve to release remaining pressure.
  • Brush with barbecue sauce (or olive oil/salt/pepper for dry ribs) and broil or grill until slightly charred.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg