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instant pot baby back ribs with bbq sauce on a white plattter
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Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs made with dry rub, apple cider vinegar and BBQ sauce are tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs done in under an hour. They're super flavorful and delicious!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Pressure Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 223kcal
Author Dee
Cost $10


  • 4 pounds baby back pork ribs, membrane removed
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water


  • Add the the brown sugar, sea salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika and pepper to a small bowl, and stir to combine
  • Remove membrane from back of ribs, and rub seasoning mix over ribs
  • Add water and apple cider vinegar to Instant Pot, and place trivet on bottom of pot
  • Place seasoned ribs on trivet, cover, move valve to sealing position, and hit Pressure Cook for 20 minutes 
  • Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then move valve to quick release until pin drops. 
  • Open lid, remove ribs to foil lined baking sheet, and brush barbecue sauce over ribs
  • Place ribs in oven, and broil for 5 minutes or until ribs bubble and look crisp
  • Remove ribs from oven, cut, and enjoy! 



Recipe was made in an 8-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. For a 6 quart, reduce liquid to ½ cup water and ½ cup apple cider or juice.
You can use apple juice, beer or your favorite cola in place of the apple cider.
To remove membrane, slide the blade of a thin knife under the membrane at the smallest rib and lift up. Grab with a napkin or paper towel and pull to remove.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 7017mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 1970IU | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2.1mg