Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs with Beer recipe is easy, delicious and quick to make in an instant pot. This melt in your mouth baby back ribs with beer can be tenderized in an instant pot in less than half an hour. Make your own seasoning with basic ingredients and you’ll have this scrumptious ribs ready in less than an hour.
Cooking ribs can be tricky if you have a small pot. There are three instant pot sizes – 3,6 and 8 quarts. With a 3 quarts you won’t be able to cook the whole ribs. You can cook half of the ribs and slice it individually. With a household of 3 to 5 people, a perfect size is the 6 quarts. Depending on how long and big the ribs are you can curl it to fit the whole ribs in the pot. If I am using St. Louis ribs I usually cut it in half. But if you prefer a bigger pot go with the 8 quarts.
Memorial Day is around the corner. If you are planning to make ribs and you have an instant pot, guess what you can cook it in less time. Depending on the weight of the ribs, cook time may vary. It will be trial and error with time if you are new in using the instant pot. Also, depending on your preference, if you are looking for a fall off the bone ribs you have to increase the cook time by a few minutes. In my case, I like my ribs tender but firm. I like to be able to hold both sides of the bone and eat the meat. I don’t like the meat to be falling of the bone. Cook time will be slightly different.
You can cook the ribs ahead of time and glaze it when ready to eat. I have a 6 quart pot so If I am cooking 2 ribs, I have to cook the ribs separately. With an 8 quarts you might be able to cook 2 ribs at the same time, again depending on how big the ribs are.
I have cooked in my instant pot many times already and I love it. It took me a while to use it but after a few times of use I got comfortable cooking with it. I am not big in buying new cookware but this investment is all worth it. It is so easy to cook with it and an easy clean up too. Buy an instant pot if you believe you will use it. If it will only seat in your counter to collect dust then please save your money.
As I have stated before, my recipe instructions doesn’t replace the instant pot manual. If this is your first time to use it, please read the manual first for your own safety.
- 3.5 to 4 pounds pork ribs
- ½ cup light brown sugar or 3/4 cups
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon chili pepper powder
- 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 ½ cup beer
- 1 1/2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce
- Wash baby back ribs and remove the tough membrane at the back of ribs.
- Prepare the seasoning. Combine brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper & smoked paprika. Mix well.
Spread seasoning evenly on both sides of ribs.
Install condensation collector at the back of instant pot.
- Pour beer in the inner pot.
Install trivet in the inner pot and place the whole ribs. I am using a 6 quarts pot.
Plug instant pot and close lid.
Turn steam release handle to “SEALING”.
Press “PRESSURE COOK” to high pressure and set time to 25 minutes. Time will vary depending on the weight of ribs. Also, I like my ribs tender but not falling of the bone. If you prefer a very tender ribs that is falling off the bone you need to increase the time by a few minutes.
Wait a few minutes and the Float Valve will be in the up position. This means that the pot is pressurize. Do not touch.
The display will show “ON” then a countdown in time starting from 25 minutes.
Once it is done with the cook time, the display will show the elapsed time. Example L001. Press “CANCEL” to stop the Pressure Cook program. Unplug pot.
Wait until Float Valve is in the down position. Note: Right after it is done cooking you can manually release the steam but be very careful. Please refer to the instant pot manual.
Once float valve is down, turn steam release handle to “VENTING”. You may now open the lid.
Remove the ribs.
Spread your favorite BBQ sauce all over ribs.
Broil ribs from 2 to 4 minutes. When sauce starts bubbling, remove ribs. It can burn easily.
Cut ribs individually or serve it as a whole. Serve hot. Enjoy!