Instant Pot Smoky Ribs

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6

Making succulent, tender baby back ribs can easily be an all-day affair, as they usually require a long time in the oven or in a smoker to become tender. However, using the pressure cooking function of an Instant Pot and our exclusive smoky rib starter, you can have meltingly tender ribs on the table in less than an hour. If you have an Instant Pot Max, reduce the pressure cooking time from 20 minutes to 17 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 racks baby back ribs, about 4 lb. (2 kg) total
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 jar Instant Pot Smoky Rib Starter

Directions:

Add 1/2 cup (125 ml) of the rib starter and 1/2 cup (125 ml) water to an Instant Pot. Add the steam rack to the bottom of the pot. Arrange the rib racks upright in the pot, curling the racks and overlapping them as necessary to fit. Lock the lid in place, seal and set to cook at high pressure for 20 minutes. When the pressure cooking is complete, quick release the pressure.

To finish the ribs, preheat a broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Transfer the ribs to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the ribs liberally with the remaining rib starter and transfer to the oven. Broil until the ribs are browned and the sauce is caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a carving board, cut between the bones and serve. Serves 4 to 6.

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