By : Sue Ellen Umali

Rib Rageous Recipe

Who doesn't like a good rack of ribs?  We've always been a fan of "fall-off-the-bone-ribs" and definitely enjoy trying and testing out new and savory recipes especially when it gives us an excuse to use the newest member of our kitchen - our InstantPot.  Although the recipe and images provided are for creating these ribs in the InstantPot, we will shortly be testing this recipe out in our crockpot (slow cooker).

Serves 8

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes in the InstantPot

+ Natural Release for at least 10 minutes = 35 minutes total


Dry Ingredient List for the Rub

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp onion powder 
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

What Goes in the Pot

  • 3-4 lbs of baby back pork ribs with the rub, rubbed all over on every inch of your ribs
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 cups of apple juice

What You'll Need Post Instant-Pot or Post Slow Cooker

For you savvy cooks, you can make your own BBQ Sauce to brush on or if you're like me and always in a rush, you can use your favorite store bought BBQ sauce.

Instructions for Making this in your Instant-Pot

  1. Prep your dry ingredients in a small bowl and whisk them together.
  2. Remove the membrane from the back of your ribs by making a small slit with a sharp knife and then peeling it off.
  3. Turn your InstantPot on and put it in Saute Mode to heat it up which shortens its warm up time.
  4. Season your ribs generously and do not leave any visible meat unseasoned.
  5. Get out your trivet and place it in the InstantPot and then put "What Goes in the Pot", in the pot with your ribs in a standing up position like in our photo below.
  6. Pop the lid on, close it and make sure your vent is in the closed position.  Use your Meat/Stew setting and set your timer for 25 minutes with the keep warm cycle in the off position.
  7. Once finished allow the InstantPot to naturally release.  This can take from 10 to 15 minutes  At this time, turn your oven on to broil in preparation for your ribs.  You can also get a baking sheet with parchment paper on it ready to transfer the ribs to the oven once they are done.
  8. You can also get your BBQ sauce ready at this time.
  9. Once the natural release is complete which you can check by opening the vent carefully and by checking if your pin has dropped, remove your ribs and place onto your baking sheet.
  10. Brush both sides generously with your BBQ sauce and then place it in the oven for approximately 5 minutes.  Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don't get burned.
  11. Once done, enjoy and serve.
Rib Rageous Recipe

Thank you for reading our post!

We would like to give credit to Jo Cooks for this awesome recipe!

We will be trying this in the Slow Cooker because not everyone has an InstantPot and then updating directions for making it using this.