Succulent, delicious and super easy Instant Pot BBQ pork ribs that you can make using the Instant Pot and oven broil or the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer. Serve with your favorite sides for a finger-lickin’ meal or as a game night potluck dish.
For the spice rub
2.5 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1.5 teaspoons salt
0.5 teaspoon black pepper
1 full rack of baby pork ribs
1 cup water
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
- Rinse the ribs and pat dry with a paper towel/kitchen roll. Remove any excess connective tissue/membrane on the back of the ribs. Flip the ribs over, meat-side down. Insert a butter knife between the membrane and the ribs to loosen it, then grip and pull it away. It’s fine if you leave it on too.
- Combine the rub in a bowl and rub on each side of the ribs.
- Add a cup of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot and place the trivet inside, handles facing up. Place the ribs on top of the trivet. Depending on their size and length, you can either wrap them in a circle and stand them up (bonier side down), or you can fold and lay them on the side.
- Secure the lid and set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook for 15 minutes on HIGH. Allow 5 minutes of natural release and then do a quick release.
- Remove the ribs to a cutting board and discard the water and the trivet. Wipe the pot clean and place the air fryer basket inside.
- Using a knife or scissors, cut the ribs into 3 sections. Brush each side with the BBQ sauce. Stand two rib sections inside the basket and place the other one on top. Place the Air Fryer lid on top and set to Roast or Broil at 400 F / 204 C for 10-15 minutes, or until ribs and sauce start to brown and caramelize. You can open the lid halfway through to check. If you need to rotate the ribs around, place the lid on the designated heatproof mat.
- Remove cooked ribs and cut them into single pieces or serve whole.
Paleo & Keto instant pot ribs: use the above recipe but use sugar-free BBQ sauce instead of regular sauce.
How many ribs per person
If making baby back ribs, 4-5 ribs per person is enough, especially if serving with a few sides. Typically, half a rack is plenty! If making back ribs/spare ribs, which are thicker and longer, 3-4 ribs are sufficient.
- Serving Size: 3-4 ribs
- Calories: 479
- Sugar: 18 g
- Fat: 27 g
- Carbohydrates: 29 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 28 g
Keywords: Pork ribs, baby back ribs, bbq ribs, instant pot, pressure cooker, Air Fryer, Duo Crisp