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Instant Pot Pork BBQ Ribs

Learning to make Instant Pot pork ribs has eleminated the need to go out to eat to get ribs that are tender, juicy and overflowing with BBQ sauce!


The pork ribs I used for this recipe were thawed, but you can cook them from frozen.

You just cook them an extra 30 minutes longer than what you normally would.

Here is my recipe.


Instant Pot Pork BBQ Ribs

  • Author: Sheri Ann Richerson
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 3 pounds pork ribs
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ Sauce


  1. Cut the ribs into three equal sections.
  2. Combine the spices.
  3. Place the ribs on a large plate and rub the spices into the ribs.
  4. Add the beef broth to the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  5. Place the metal rack on the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  6. Arrange the seasoned pork ribs into a pyramid shape by standing them on end and laying them against one another.
  7. Sprinkle any left over seasoning over the top of the ribs.
  8. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and set the manual timer to 30 minutes (remember frozen ribs take a total of 60 mintes),
  9. When the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally, then place ribs on a broiler pan and brush with BBQ sauce.
  10. Broil for about 5 minutes or until the BBQ sauce is bubbly and slightly carmalized.
  11. Serve immediately.

I’ve cooked ribs a lot of different ways and I have to say for tenderness and flavor these were the best.

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