slow cooked ribs on a cutting board with extra sauce on the side

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings (4-5 ribs per serving) 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: BBQ
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Imagine making fall-off-the-bone ribs in under an hour! It’s possible with this amazing Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs recipe. Get ready to make tender, sticky, caramelized ribs in less than 60 minutes.


  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne 
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 (2- to 2 1⁄2-pound each) racks pork baby back ribs, trimmed
  • 12 cups BBQ Sauce, our homemade recipe or store-bought (we like Stubb’s BBQ Sauce)

Special Equipment Needed: 



Make It Now:

  1. In a small bowl, use a fork to stir together the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, and maple syrup to make a paste.

  2. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels, cut each rack in half (making four equal portions), and rub the paste over all sides. (Freezing instructions begin here.)

  3. Pour 1 cup water into the 6-quart Instant Pot (or 1 1/2 cups for an 8 quart IP). Place a steamer rack in the pot and arrange the seasoned ribs on the rack, standing them on end in a tepee form. This formation helps the steam to get in and around all the ribs for even cooking. Lock and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 30 minutes, then quick release the pressure.

  4. Position the top oven rack about 6 inches below the broiler. Preheat the broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

  5. Using tongs, transfer the ribs to the prepared baking sheet, meaty-side down. Brush the ribs with some of the BBQ sauce on the top side. Broil for 2 to 4 minutes, until they start to brown. Flip, brush with more sauce, and broil for 6 to 10 minutes more, until well browned, brushing with sauce every few minutes.

  6. Tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Serve with the remaining BBQ sauce.

Freeze For Later: Follow steps 1 and 2. Place the seasoned ribs in one or two gallon-size freezer bags or round containers. Seal and freeze. Place the BBQ sauce in a smaller freezer bag or container. Seal and freeze alongside the ribs.

Prepare From Frozen*: Thaw. Follow steps 3 through 6. *We have found that this recipe cooks unevenly from frozen in the Instant Pot. Because of this, we recommend thawing and cooking from fresh for best results.


You can make these in the slow cooker using this recipe.