Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

So, I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and have been trying out all sorts of recipes.  In the event that you live in a cave and this is your first time to recipe-land on the internet, the Instant Pot has blown up all over the place. I was skeptical at first, but it turns out that it is getting rave reviews because it is pretty great! Ron and I loved how fast it cooked, and wanted to do an ultimate test and make ribs. Ribs are an all day thing normally, but with the Instant Pot they are done in under and hour- AN HOUR PEOPLE.  I opted to try out this recipe from I Wash You Dry because it received great reviews and seemed simple for a pressure cooker novice like myself.  I stayed pretty true to the recipe, but I halved the sugar in the rub because I like don't like my ribs too sweet and do not prefer a heavy coating. I also omitted the cayenne because the boys are hit and miss when there is a little kick in their bbq. The cooking time for our rack of ribs was perfect and they fell off the bone. I might use a little more liquid smoke next time because the one thing they miss by omitting the long smoke is the deep flavor in the meat. We made one rack but, per the author, you can double the meat and spices, but keep the liquid amount the same. Overall, we really liked this recipe and will certainly be making it again! 

This was the first time Kellen and Rowan tried ribs and it was a success. Rowan wasn't crazy about having sticky fingers, but Kellen loved it and asked me to make it again the following night. Kellen seems to be coming out of the a picky stage and is getting very brave about trying new foods. Rowan previously would try anything and is now getting a little skeptical. Rowan's benefit is that his mother has seen the cycle once before, and can rest assured that it is a phase. I enjoy the perks of having two crazy boys when I can get them! 

This weekend we are looking forward to Kellen's basketball and my sister-in-law's graduation! We are also starting house hunting and are going to check out a potential property in the next few days. The idea of moving seems a little overwhelming, but we are in desperate need of space for the four of us (well 7 if you include the cats).  


1 rack of baby back pork ribs
1/8 cup brown sugar
2 Tbl chili powder
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp each: salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 - 1/2 tsp liquid smoke, optional
2/3 cup bbq sauce


Remove the lining from the bottom side of the ribs by running a knife under the skin and then using a paper towel to grip and remove completely (you could ask the meat counter to do this for you). 

Combine the brown sugar, chili powder, parsley, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small dish and rub all over the ribs.

Place the rack in your pressure cooker and curl the ribs inside the pot, standing on their side, wrapping around the inside of the pot. Pour in the water, apple cider and liquid smoke (if using), being careful to not to pour over ribs and wash off the seasonings.

Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed. Press the Meat button and set to 25 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest of the way.

Carefully remove the ribs from the pressure cooker and set on a foil lined baking sheet. Brush down with  BBQ sauce, and broil in the oven for 5 minutes, but make sure it doesn't burn.

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