Succulent Pressure Cooker BBQ Baby Back Ribs cooked so they’re tender and juicy, then finished on the grill so the BBQ sauce caramelizes and gets sticky and delicious on the grill.
You’re next barbecue or tailgating party will be the best one yet when you serve these easy-to-make baby back ribs. The secret to these great tasting, make-ahead, barbecued ribs is pressure cooking them before you put them on the grill, and then grilling them quickly before serving to get the sticky caramelized BBQ flavor that you love.
Making BBQ Baby Back Ribs in an Instant Pot
An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create these delicious BBQ Baby Back Ribs!
Ever since Laura, Hip Pressure Cooking, shared her BBQ ribs recipes on Pressure Cooking Today, I’ve been wanting to cook BBQ baby back ribs in the pressure cooker. I decided to combined her pressure cooker recipe with my favorite rib recipe that braises the ribs in the oven before grilling.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can cook the ribs quickly in the pressure cooker. You can make them ahead of time, pop them in to a Ziploc, and put them in the fridge or ice chest until you’re ready to serve them. The ribs only have to cook for 15 minutes in the pressure cooker.
You’ll need to cut the ribs in to two or three rib sections so they’ll fit in the pressure cooking pot. After they’re caramelized on the grill, my husband likes to cut them in to individual ribs before serving so they’re easier to eat. Be sure and have plenty of napkins handy too.
Watch this super short video my son made showing just how quick, easy and delicious the ribs are to make.
- 1 slab Baby Back Pork Ribs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 small yellow onion, large diced
- 1 celery stalk, large diced
- 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
Cut the racks of ribs in to sections that will fit in the pressure cooker and rub with salt and pepper.
Place onion, celery, and water in the pressure cooking pot. (You can use a rack or not use a rack depending on what you prefer and how many ribs you're cooking.) Add ribs.
Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker. Select High Pressure and set the timer for 15 minutes. Press start.
When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker and use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure. When valve drops carefully remove lid.
Remove the ribs and cool to room temperature. Once cool, refrigerate until ready to serve.
When you're ready to eat
Preheat the BBQ grill to a medium high heat. Coat one side of the ribs with BBQ sauce and grill 3 minutes. Coat the other side with BBQ sauce flip and grill an additional 3 minutes. Slather on additional BBQ sauce and grill each side for an additional 3 minutes.
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