I have been searching for ways to make easy dinners and my friend Zorica recommended this recipe for Instant Pot Ribs. It looked so easy, used minimal ingredients and looked so potentially tasty it was a no-brainer for me.
The recipe called for baby back ribs. The only ribs at my store were “pork back ribs” so I am still not entirely sure I bought the right ribs but these worked.
Now you can of course make your own BBQ sauce but I am trying to use as little energy as possible so I was so happy I found my favourite store-bought barbecue sauce not only at my store but ON SALE! Sweet! I picked up two bottles.
I love Kraft’s Bull’s Eye Old West Hickory Barbecue Sauce because it is not too sweet and is super hickory smoky. I do not have a smoker so there is no way for me to create that flavour. Might as well let them do it for $2.99.
The slab was too big for my Instant Pot so I cut it into serving size for our home. First, make sure to wash and dry the meat. Second, generously season both sides of the meat with salt and pepper.
Pour 1 cup of apple juice into your Instant Pot.
Place ribs on top.
Get out your favourite barbecue sauce.
Add around 1/4 cup of the sauce.
Make sure to coat the ribs.
I put my Instant Pot on for 30 minutes on the meat setting because my ribs may have been a bit bigger than the baby ones. If you have baby back ribs you can probably cook them in 25 minutes.
A lot of people suggested letting the pressure cooker decompress naturally but this was about being fast and easy. I did a quick release and turned on the broiler in my oven.
I put some foil on a baking tray, added the ribs and used around 3/4 cup of my sauce to coat both sides. I put them under the broiler for 10 minutes but make sure to watch them so they do not burn.
Hot damn these were good! My only complaint is I needed more sauce. I know, how is that possible? I am just a saucy woman, what can I tell you? Next time I would slice my ribs individually and then coat with sauce before putting under the broiler. That way they are completely covered. I am sure for most people this would be enough finger-licking delicious fun though. I am just super picky about sauces in general.
This was fast, easy and delicious to make. I have always been intimidated to make ribs and I can see why so many people make them in the Instant Pot. Again, is there anything this kitchen tool can’t do? Can’t improve on? So grateful I have one!
I give this recipe four and a half out of five wooden spoons and I bet with my additional sauce idea it will pop up to be a five out of five.
Thanks Zorica!!! This was a total winner recipe.