Instant Pot,  Pork

Homestyle Ribs (Instant Pot Version)

I have another recipe for those of you who are Instant Pot owners! I will also include details on how to do these ribs in the oven. So I have done this recipe in the oven before and loved it! Finger licking good and it is perfect for me, not too sweet but flavourful. However, I see everyone raving about how awesome it is in the Instant Pot. So I figured I might as well try this out.

I did a lot of research to make sure I don’t burn something in this process. Some people marinate their ribs, some don’t. I do because I love the flavor just going all the way to the bones. I marinate them overnight, you can marinate them for at least four hours in the refrigerator.  Secondly, as quick as the ribs actually cook, approximately 20 minutes, between how long it takes to come to pressure and to do the natural release plus the broiling, it isn’t quick. However, they are falling off the bone perfect in the Instant Pot.

Preparation Time – 10 Minutes (Marinade overnight or minimum of 4 hours)

Cook Time – 45 Minutes

Serves – 2 


Pork Baby Back Ribs – 1 Rack

For the Marinade:

Pepper  – 1 Tablespoon

Onion Powder – 1 Tablespoon

Garlic Powder – 1 Tablespoon

Soy Sauce – 4 Tablespoons (reduced sodium)

Olive Oil – 1 Tablespoon

Ketchup – 2 Tablespoons

For the sauce:

Water – 1 Cup

Apple Cider – 2 Tablespoons

Ketchup – 2 Tablespoons

Worcestershire Sauce – 1 Tablespoon

Brown Sugar – 2 Tablespoons


Watch this video and prep your rack of ribs in the same way.

Make the marinade by combining all the ingredients as listed above under marinade. Rub this over the ribs liberally and refrigerate overnight or at least four hours.


When you are ready to start cooking, pour all the ingredients listed under “sauce” into the Instant Pot liner. Mix them well to dilute the brown sugar. Put your ribs in there and scrape any leftover marinade that is in the container you had the ribs sitting in. This has so much good flavor.


Put your lid on and seal the vent. Choose the “manual” or “pressure cook” option and set it for 20 minutes. The pot will take sometime to come to pressure and start cooking. Once done you are going to let this naturally release the pressure. So just cancel the process and let it be. Preheat your oven on the broil setting and wrap your baking tray with foil for easy clean up. This is what the ribs will look like once done. Using long tongs carefully take the ribs out and place on the foil covered tray. They will most likely break into slightly smaller pieces as they are super tender.


Next, choose your saute option on the Instant pot, set it on high and start to reduce your sauce that is leftover. This will take some time, keep stirring so as not to burn the sauce. In the end, it will be thick like below. When it reaches this consistency cancel the saute.


Now spoon this sauce over your ribs that are on the tray. Spread over the pieces.


Now we need to put this is in the oven to broil for about 5 to 7 minutes. We are looking for the sauce to caramelize and the ribs to crisp a little.


Make sure you keep an eye on the sauce so that it does not burn. The sugars will caramelize and coat your ribs. Once it is done, they are ready to serve. Serve hot.


We had this with a salad and a side of macaroni and cheese. It was so good and flavorful. Most importantly, it was so tender and not dry or chewy at all.

Oven Method – If you are to make this in the oven, place your ribs in the oven at 300 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. While it cooks make your sauce with only 1/2 a cup of water but keep everything else the same, reduce and brush over the ribs at the halfway point of the baking process.

There was barely any bite to the ribs and it was melting in my mouth. If you prefer your ribs to be less tender you can reduce your cooking time from 20 to 17 minutes.  This one rack was just enough for two, so if you have guests, double this recipe.

Go crack open the Instant Pot and try this recipe out. Let me know how it turned out for you. I will come up with other flavors later on. For now, let’s call this homestyle ribs!

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