Ribs done right, any time of the year – Day 4

Counting down the days to Christmas with Spicy Jan – Day 4

Oh Instant Pot Oh Instant Pot … same traditional tune, new catchy jingle! Hum it loud and proud as you wear that grin, because you are going to prepare the best Ribs in a snap, literally.

Ribs are a favourite to order when dining out because of the gorgeous flavours plus the ‘fall off the bone’ tender meat that makes everyone drool. I didn’t grow up eating ribs at home as they were costly plus used a ton of electricity having them cook in the oven all afternoon. Ribs were something foreign to me for cooking at home, I didn’t really know how to cook them.

All thanks to the Instant Pot and a brief broil in the oven, preparing Ribs at home can absolutely be a weekly meal for everyone to enjoy plus affordable and succulent.  Whenever Ribs are on sale, I say why not stock up with a few racks.  Whether beef or pork, side or back, this simple way of preparing Ribs might be your new go to.

Get your Instant Pot ready by placing the rack in the bottom of your pot with the handles up.  Add 1 cup of water, ½ cup apple juice, 1 tbsp garlic (fresh or seasoning).  On a plate, lay out one rack of ribs and season to your liking.  I always love a Southwest Seasonings, Sunset Seasoned Salt and Sweet Basil Seasoning. Rub this along both sides of the Ribs creating a gorgeous dry rubbed rack. Next, roll the Ribs into itself and place the rolled up rib onto the rack inside the IP.  Voila, you are ready!  I love adding a sprig of Rosemary, not too much as it can overpower, yet the flavour of a short sprig is such a beautiful addition (grow this in your garden or patio planter in the summer).

Next, set the digital display on your IP.   Manual, HP (high pressure), press the + button taking the timer to 30 minutes.  That’s it for now, let the IP do its magic.  I like to add an additional 5 minutes to tenderize the ribs to perfection.  While the cooking is taking place, you can prepare an easy BBQ rub to slather over the ribs for a quick broil in the oven.

  • Here is what I love to prepare at home:
  • ¾ cup strained tomatoes in a jar
  • 3 tbsp cider or rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp molasses or honey
  • 2 tbsp your fave mustard (I love dijon)
  • 1 tbsp fresh or seasoning garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Shake Shake Shake Shake (that’s 4 shakes) – Hot Sauce (I love Franks Chili & Lime)
  • Mix until smooth and let sit while the ribs are cooking


Once the IP makes the 5 beeps of cooking completed, you can let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes and perform a NR (natural release) or you can get the ribs ready for the oven right away by performing a QR (quick release) to release the pressure.  Once the valve has gone down, you are safe to open the lid.

Remove the ribs with tongs, placing onto a baking mat or cooking sheet.  Slather the ribs with your home creation Rib Sauce, top and bottom and cook for 10 minutes at 425 then a broil for 3 minutes to sear the top.  You can turn them over if you wish for a broil on both side, but I typically don’t handle them too much once in the oven as they are now ‘fall off the bone’ and can start to break apart.

Remove from the oven once searing in the sauce is completed through the broiling step.  Now you are ready to slather a bit more sauce right out of the oven, let sit for 5 minutes and get set to cut the Ribs in sections of three.

This is my very simple Instant Pot Rib recipe for simple ribs that don’t take a ton of time and are simply delicious.  You can do this at home any time of the week with this simple new way of preparing ribs for all to enjoy any time of the year.  Bon Appetite!

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