Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs

BBQ ribs will forever remind me of my little sister, who when other 5-year-olds were ordering mac n’ cheese off the kids’ menu at restaurants, would order a big ol’ rack of ribs.  Can’t blame the kid; everyone loves a good plate of saucy ribs.  For me, ribs have always been a special occasion food.  My favorite way to cook them was long and slow in the crockpot and then charred on the grill or under the broiler, like this popular recipe that many of you love.  However after pulling out my pressure cooker, I made a dangerous discovery: you can make tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone ribs pretty much every night of the week in under an hour.

Pressure Cooker 30 MInute BBQ Ribs

With only 30 minutes of pressure-cooking time, the meat is so tender and the sauce so flavorful, you will be amazed.  And then you will make ribs 3 times a week and not even feel a tiny bit bad about it.

Pressure Cooker 30 MInute BBQ Ribs

Start with a sweet and savory dry rub of smoked paprika, brown sugar, chili powder and a little salt and pepper and rub it all in.

Pressure Cooker 30 MInute BBQ Ribs

You’ll build your sauce right in the pressure cooker.  Start with a little oil- I’m using our Bacon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is pretty much made for this recipe.

Bacon Olive Oil

It adds a really nice, subtle smoky flavor here.

Bacon Olive OIl

Next goes in: ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce (sidenote:  I’ve literally never correctly spelled that word in my life.  I always just spit out a bunch of semi-related letters and hope that spellcheck picks it up), apple cider vinegar (use a good one- I recommend Bragg’s), dry mustard, and kosher salt.

Pressure Cooker 30 MInute BBQ Ribs

Stir the sauce all together and then add a few ribs at at time and gently coat them in the sauce and then arrange them upright with the meat-side facing out, like this:

Pressure Cooker 30 MInute BBQ Ribs

If you can reach down to the bottom of the pot with a spoon, grab some of the sauce and pour it on top of the ribs.  Then secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 30  minutes.  Take the ribs out and then turn the saute feature back on your pot and bring the sauce to a simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken, if needed.

Pressure Cooker 30 MInute BBQ Ribs

If you like, you can place your ribs under the broiler for a few minutes to brown and char the tops a bit.

Pressure Cooker 30 MInute BBQ Ribs

Because the meat cooks IN the bbq sauce, the sauce becomes super flavorful.

Pressure Cooker 30 MInute BBQ Ribs

Serve any extra sauce on the side, but make sure to slather lots on top!

Pressure Cooker 30 MInute BBQ Ribs

This is the pressure cooker I have, and I love it!  —> Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs

5 from 3 votes
Tender, juicy ribs with a quick homemade bbq sauce. All done in about 30 minutes cooking time!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 2 racks baby back ribs about 1.5-2lbs each


  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

BBQ Sauce

  • 1.5 cups ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or pressed


  • Line a large baking sheet or cutting board with foil (for easy clean-up). Cut ribs into 2-rib sections and lay out on foil.
  • Combine all rub ingredients and sprinkle over ribs. Use hands to rub into both sides of meat. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together ketchup, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, mustard powder and 3/4 teaspoons salt. Heat pressure cooker to saute function and add oil and onion. Saute for 3-4 minutes, until soft. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, stirring often. Add the ketchup mixture and stir to combine. Add a few ribs at a time and use tongs to gently coat them in sauce. Then arrange ribs standing upright with meat-side facing outward (see blog post for visual).
  • Secure lid on pressure cooker and set to high pressure for 30 minutes cook time.
  • When finished, turn pressure cooker off (or remove stovetop pressure cooker from heat) and let naturally release pressure for 15 minutes. Manually release any remaining pressure and then open pot. Place ribs on platter and coat with sauce.
  • Optional: Arrange cooked ribs meat-side up on baking sheet and broil for charred exterior.


Serving: 6g
Author: Our Best Bites
Did You Make This Recipe?Snap a picture, and hashtag it #ourbestbites. We love to see your creations on our Instagram @ourbestbites!
woman in denim shirt holding a salad bowl
Meet The Author

Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

Read More

Join The Discussion

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Questions & Reviews

  1. In my pressure cooker now. The instructions didn’t break down between rub and sauce, lol, so I just mixed everything together and the ribs are cooking fully dressed. I’ll put on a baking sheet when done and pour any liquid on them and pop under the broiler for a few moments….smells really good.

  2. Oh my goodness those ribs were absolutely delicious! I will definitely do this recipe again….. maybe tomorrow hehe

  3. This is delicious!! I made this recipe with country style pork ribs! I followed your directions to a T and it worked out perfectly! Thank you!!

  4. I haven’t tried your recipe yet but have tried a couple recipes with cooking in Apple jc, and little ASV, (between 2-3 cups) Last night for 30 min and less the time before. Also finished off under broiler w BBQ sauce. They keep coming out really dry! Seems like all the flavor and fat and moisture come out of the meat into the juice! I can’t fig out what in the world I’m doing wrong! It seems your recipe doesn’t have much liquid and wondering about the amount the ribs cook in? Thanks!

    1. You don’t need 2-3 cups of liquid (generally speaking) but how about your cooking time? Are you maybe overcooking?

      1. Last night 30 minutes, the time before 20. Frustrating when I keep reading how good others turned out. My husband has a smoker but not always time so was hoping for this alternative. Would you say your liquid ingredients is less than 2 cups? I use instant Pot too. Thanks much!

  5. I’m new to the instapot and this is my first time using it. The first thing I”m not sure I did right is that I didn’t know if it should be on “venting” or “sealing”…. so it is on venting and I’m watching it and realized that it possibly need to be on sealing – so I just switched it at 22 minutes…. I hope I didn’t mess up dinner tonight! LOL! It smells really good.

    1. The pot always needs to be on sealing to cook. That’s what seals the pot and creates pressure. Venting is for after, when you release the steam! Hope that helps!

  6. Just made this recipe and I can already tell it’s going to be delicious for tonight’s dinner (sautéing not the rib as I write this). This recipe is a keeper!

  7. Well I have to say the recipe is fantastic!! I don’t eat much pork but do make it for my family all the time. I even liked the ribs which is unusual!! This is a keeper!! Thanks for sharing

  8. I just bought an Instapot and this was my first recipe in it. The fat from cooking the ribs made the sauce extremely runny and oily. I was so excited to try this, but the ribs really weren’t great and the sauce was a waste. I used baby back ribs and followed the recipe exactly. Any suggestions?

    1. Hey Kristy, I’m so sorry it didn’t turn out for you! It sounds like you had some extra fatty ribs. My only suggestion would be to try again and maybe the cut will be better. You could also trim off any excess with a sharp pair of scissors. Mine usually turn out well so I’m not sure what else may have happened for you!

  9. Oops, just checked the recipe! I’ve look at so many and this is the one I chose. Head swimming with pressure cooker rib recipes

  10. Cooked this last night, these were amazing! To die for taste and the cause was the best I’ve ever had. I did use 1 tblsp of brown sugar and 1/2 a lime. I was also our of katchup and used a can of diced tomatoes. the onion was a whole one which got olive oil drizzled over it after it was cut up in a bowl and then tossed. They carmilized better and easier in the pressure cooker, I was shocked and how much better they cooked up. I think next time I’ll cut the ribs up into singles. I finished on the outdoor gas grill, 2 minutes on each side at 400. The smoky taste and slight char was the just perfect. They were a big hit.

  11. I finally got to try this recipe on Mother’s Day. I had a different experience and I just wanted to ask a question too. I used a traditional (old, Presto) pressure cooker. I recently had the seal replaced, so I thought it was not leaky. Whenever I have used it in the past, I put water with whatever was cooking, and usually quite a bit of water. So this recipe, with only the sauce made me wonder. I did do half the recipe to try it, and although I only cooked them 20 minutes, and let the pressure come down naturally, the sauce burned badly to the pot. The ribs, themselves, were really good, but the pot was pretty well ruined. Is an Instant Pot different than a regular pressure cooker? This recipe looks so, so good that I was sadly disappointed, but figure it had to do with my pressure cooker. I had never cooked anything in it that did not have water added. Please let me know what you think…I’d like to know before trying again in a new pressure cooker! Thanks!

    1. Sorry I’m late to reply on this comment! So I’m not sure- I’ve only made this recipe in my electric pressure cooker, but electric and stove-top do differ. I would add some extra broth to your pot next time, maybe a cup or so. Since the pot is directly on the heat, you get more close contact like that.

  12. These look amazing. I own 2 Instant Pots and have done ribs many times. I always cook them for 15 minutes only, let the pressure come down naturally, and wrap them stacked in foil 45min to an hour, until I’m ready to finish them off under the broiler. I’ve tried cooking longer, and they fall off the bone when lifted, which we don’t like 🙂

    1. Thanks for that tip. I too find most pressure cooker recipes cook until the meat if falling off bone. I like there to be some bite when eating ribs!? I am cooking a rack of ribs tonight, and will implement your modifications. Thanks!

  13. We used to buy BBQ from the store here.. I never tried bbq recipes ..Thanks for the idea..??

  14. I agree with the other ladies! I would love some more Instant Pot recipes from you guy’s! I trust all your other recipes so I know I’ll trust any instant pot recipe you make.

  15. Just made these tonight. SOOOO delicious! It’s the first time I’ve made ribs that actually had the glossy, thick sauce that the photos always have. I did boil the sauce for a few minutes to get it thick after the pressure cooking part like you suggested. Also, I used St. Louis cut ribs and they could have used just a few more minutes of pressure cooking. So next time I’ll just use baby back ribs like you said. Thanks for another amazing recipe!

  16. Can I use a conventional pressure cooker for this recipe? Would I need to make changes?

  17. I made these ribs for dinner tonight in my new Instant Pot. This was the first time I have made dinner with the Instant Pot- but it turned out perfect thanks to the great instructions. Mine even looked like the pictures. The family loved them and said this recipe was a definite “make again” and that they liked this recipe better than our old rib recipe.
    Thank you for the Instant Pot recipes!

  18. I am excited that you can do ribs in the pressure cooker! I have my fingers crossed that I will get one for Mother’s Day (now if only Amazon will comply with a killer markdown!). Please keep the ideas coming!

    1. Hope you got in on the recent Daily Deal for Instant Pot on Amazon. I think mine was $69.99. I absolutely LOVE it. Got some ribs today to try in the IP, and I’m looking for just the right recipe to try tomorrow.

  19. I’ve been eagerly awaiting your first pressure cooker recipe. Please keep them coming! I have an Instant Pot and I’ve only used it for a few recipes but I love it!

  20. Love my instant pot and made ribs in it last week that fell right off the bone. Love having dinner like this in under an hour.

  21. Do you think this would work just as well with other pork ribs too? Thanks for the great idea. I love my pressure cooker, even though it is 40 years old!

  22. I am literally drooling looking at these ribs! Will definitely try this – got an Instant Pot for Christmas and can’t get enough of it! Yes, please on an IP cookbook!

  23. I have country style ribs in the fridge, and a new instant pot. Can I follow the recipe and use those?

    1. I’ve only used babyback ribs, but you could certainly try country style. Let me know how it goes!

  24. I wonder if you could use short ribs for this. I have a bunch in my freezer from the cow we bought but not really sure what to do with them…

    1. I have made short ribs in my pressure cooker. I brown them and then apply horseradish and cook for about 20 minutes. They’re fantastic. You can also add carrots, onion, and potatoes for a full dinner in one pot.

    2. Can you use this recipe with any electric pressure cooker? I have a Power pressure cooker xl.

      1. I just cooked 3 racks of St Louis ribs in my Power XL and I could have fit one more rack! They are fall of the bone delish!

  25. Haha, the Worcestershire comment! I feel like I do that with a lot of words! The ribs look so good!

  26. That sounds delish! I really love that you are starting to explore and post instant pot recipes. I have been seriously considering buying one. You and Kate should totally put together an instant pot cookbook! I would buy it and an instant pot in a flash!

  27. oh man. It’s not even 6AM and I wouldn’t mind a plate of those! I’ll be trying it soon, for sure:)