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Easy Instant Pot Ribs


Smoked ribs take about 7 hours to make, traditional grilling is about 2 hours but this recipe is done in 45 minutes. So quick and tender and juicy and flavorful results. Start with a rack of ribs you can use pork iron or baby ribs. Most of the time the silver skin is removed for you but if you can see any use of a paper towel to help remove it from the rib side of the rack. Pat the ribs dry with a paper towel then rub on your dry ingredients on both sides. Sprinkle on seasoning salt and your favorite dry rub on top of the rib rack.


  • 3 lb baby back ribs or pork loin ribs
  • 6 cups apple juice
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke optional
  • 1 tbsp. seasoning salt
  • 2 Tbsp BBQ dry rub
  • 2/3 cup sweet BBQ sauce divided


  1. Pat dry the rack of ribs with a paper towel and rub on your dry ingredients on both sides.
  2. In the Instant Pot, combine apple juice, vinegar, liquid smoke, and 1/3 cup of bbq sauce.
  3. Coil the rack of ribs inside the with the bone-side facing the center. Ribs should all be partially submerged. Cook on high pressure for 25 min followed by a 10 min natural pressure release before manually releasing remaining pressure.
  4. Using two sets of tongs, carefully transfer ribs to a rimmed baking sheet lined with a wire rack with the meat side up. Brush the top and sides with the remaining 1/3 cup bbq sauce.
  5. Broil in the center of the oven on high for 4-5 min. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5-10 min before serving. Serve with more bbq sauce if desired.