Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs | Mommy's Home Cooking

Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs

These Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs are sticky, saucy, savory, sweet, and sooo tender. Fall-off-the-bone tender. They are done in 30 minutes, with just 5 ingredients.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, easy, instant pot, ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings of 4 ribs
Calories per serving 708 kcal
Author Mommy's Home Cooking


  • 1 racks baby back ribs
  • 4 tablespoons barbecue meat rub (your favorite brand)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (optional but recommended) (see notes)
  • 1 ½ cup barbecue sauce (your favorite brand)


  1. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.
  2. Rub the ribs with the meat rub. Be generous.
  3. Place the baby back ribs into the Instant Pot. Add vegetable broth, apple juice, and liquid smoke (if using). Close lid and set to cook on “manual” mode 20 minutes. When the time is over, turn it off and let the pressure release on its own, this will take about 8-10 minutes. Carefully turn the vent to “Venting,” just to release any extra pressure that might still be in there. Then remove the lid.

  4. Preheat oven broil.
  5. Transfer cooked ribs to a large baking sheet. Brush barbecue sauce all over the baby back ribs on all sides including the bones. Broil for 5 – 8 minutes, or until the sauce caramelizes.
  6. Serve.

Watch How to Make It

Recipe Notes

Adjust the Instant Pot cooking time according to your preference: 15 minutes for tender with a bit of chew, to 25 minutes for fall off the bone.


Liquid smoke can be found next to the barbecue sauce in most grocery stores or online.


You can make two racks, just double the meat rub and barbecue sauce quantity, but keep the same amount of liquid (broth, apple juice, and liquid smoke) underneath. Increase the cooking time to 30 minutes. 


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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 708 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 1535mg64%
Potassium 868mg25%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 518IU10%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 147mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.