• 2 racks pork ribs
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce


  1. Remove membranes from the undersides of the ribs, if needed.

  2. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, cumin, dry mustard, thyme, and cayenne pepper until they are well combined. Massage the seasonings over both sides of the ribs.

  3. Place a wire trivet rack in the bottom of the instant pot and add the beef broth and apple cider vinegar. Put the ribs upright on top of the trivet, wrapping them in a circle.

  4. Select the manual setting or pressure-cook setting; cook on high, and set time for 20-25 minutes. When the ribs have finished cooking, allow the pressure cooker to naturally release, about 15-20 minutes.

  5. Transfer the ribs to a foil-lined baking sheet and coat them with barbecue sauce. Broil the ribs in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until the barbecue sauce has caramelized. Serve and enjoy!


  • small bowl
  • instant pot
  • aluminum foil
  • baking sheet

Recipe Notes

Instead of broiling your ribs, throw them on the grill for a smoky flavor.

Cooking ribs in an instant pot is a great way to create tender, fall-off-the-bone meat without waiting all day for a crockpot or spending several hours tending to a smoker. Finishing the ribs under the broiler will help create that signature crispy outer texture that seals in the meat's flavor.

Here's how to make your instant pot pork ribs your own.

Marinades And Rubs

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Mixing up the marinades or rubs you use on your pork ribs will have a big impact on the overall flavor. Instead of the classic barbecue rub, try some of these marinades:

Asian Marinade

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

Honey Garlic Marinade

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 cup apple juice
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If you prefer a rub instead of a marinade, this Jamaican jerk rub will bring out a whole new world of flavor. It's just the right mix of spiciness and heat.

Jamaican Jerk Rub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons allspice
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground thyme
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

What To Serve With Instant Pot Pork Ribs

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Of course, you'll need to serve something alongside the instant pot pork ribs. Pork ribs are a very versatile main dish, and their flavor pairs well with plenty of sides. Here are a few you could try:

Try making some of these amazing pork ribs for yourself. They cook up in a flash, and the flavor is out of this world. The tender pork takes in all the character from the rub or marinade you use.

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