Craving BBQ ribs but don’t have all day to tend the grill? No worries, these Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs are ready in under an hour!
You read that right. These Instant Pot Baby Back ribs are ready in under an hour! And if you ask my family, they’re every bit as good as the real thing. The only ‘bad’ thing is that you can only do one rack at a time, which at our house means there’ll be no leftovers. #realfoodfamilyproblems
Though I love to pull out the old Traeger and get my smoke on from time to time, it’s just not practical for busy weeknights or when hubby works a stretch of 12-hour shifts and I’m solo parenting. A few years ago I came up with a fool-proof method using the oven to precook the ribs before saucing them and finishing them on the grill or smoker. That too produced great results but it wasn’t ‘weeknight dinner’ quick like these Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs are.Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs – Whole30-friendly and on the table in under an hour! #paleo #realfood Click To Tweet
Ribs are the perfect vehicle for getting sweet/smoky/tangy barbecue sauce to your face! Try them with our Peach BBQ Sauce or Matty’s BBQ Sauce from Tessemae’s* for a finger-licking Whole30-friendly meal your family will love.
*Available online or in Target and Whole Foods stores nationwide
Enough talking, we’ve got ribs to make!
Start with the best-quality pork baby back ribs you can find/afford. You’ll need about a 3lb. rack to feed 4 people. Anything more than 3-3 ½ lbs. and you won’t be able to get them into the Instant Pot and still close the lid.
Cut your rack of ribs into 3 equal-ish sections. Sprinkle each section with the spice rub, focusing more on the meaty front side of the rack than the backside. Now give each section and good rub. At this point, you can wrap them up and return them to the fridge if you’re just ‘prepping ahead’ then cook them at a later point. This can be done up to 2 days in advance.
Place the wire rack into the Instant Pot insert then add 1 cup of water or broth (chicken or beef broth both work great) to the pot. Select ‘Saute’ function. This will essentially pre-heat the Instant Pot and decrease the amount of time it takes to get up to full pressure.
Now creatively arrange the 3 sections of ribs in a teepee or pyramid formation so that they’re not lying on top of one another. Standing them rather than stacking means they’re cook faster and more evenly.
Use the Instant Pot lid to press the ribs down gently if needed then lock the lid in place. Flip the pressure valve to the ‘sealing’ position. Select ‘Manual’ for 30 minutes. While the ribs cook, prepare the Peach BBQ Sauce (if using) or grab a bottle of your favorite pre-made barbecue sauce and whip up an easy side dish like Creamy Broccoli Slaw (which IMHO is the most perfect accompaniment to all things barbecue!)
When the cooking time is up, use the ‘quick release’ method to release the pressure then remove the lid when safe to do so.
Remove ribs to a rimmed baking sheet and set the oven to broil. Generously mop the ribs with barbecue sauces (on both sides – this isn’t the time to be stingy with the sauce). When oven is hot, place the ribs under the broiler with the oven door slightly ajar. Broil ribs for 3-4 minutes or until sauce is hot and bubbly and starting to caramelize.
Remove the ribs from oven and serve with your favorite side dishes.
Looking for a Whole30-friendly side dish to go with your ribs?
Try one of these: Creamy Broccoli Slaw, Warm Chipotle Lime Potato Salad, Greek Kale Salad with Avocado, Thai Kale Salad with Ginger-Lemongrass Vinaigrette or Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon.
- 3 - 3 ½ lb. baby back ribs, cut into 3 equal sections
- 1 cup water or broth
- Whole30-compliant BBQ sauce such as Tessemae’s or Peach BBQ Sauce
- Combine ingredients for spice rub.
- Cut ribs into 3 equal sections then rub each section with the spice rub.
- Place metal rack into the bottom of the Instant Pot insert. Add water or broth.
- Arrange ribs into a teepee or pyramid.
- Place lid on Instant Pot and lock into place. Flip valve to ‘Sealing’ position.
- Select ‘Manual’ setting (30 minutes).
- When cooking time is up, quick release the pressure by flipping the valve to ‘Venting’ position.
- Remove ribs from Instant Pot and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Preheat broiler to medium-high heat. Brush ribs with barbecue sauce on both sides.
- Broil for 3-5 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and slightly caramelized.
- Cut into individual ribs for serving.
What’s your favorite way to use barbecue sauce? Share in the comments below!
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