Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs

Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs

Fall off the bone tender, juicy, and packed with flavor, our Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs are easy and delicious. Instant Pot makes them fast enough for a weeknight meal, and they’re even better the next day.

The secret is starting with our Sugar-Free Memphis Style Dry Rub and finishing off with a layer of our Sugar-Free Barbecue Sauce under the broiler or on the grill. You can even prep the night before for extra flavor.

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Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs

Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs

  • Author: Fresh. Out.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Entrée, Easy Dinners
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, BBQ


Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs with Memphis Style Dry Rub and Sugar-Free Barbecue Sauce.




  1. If purchasing ribs from a butcher, as them to remove the tough membrane from the back of the ribs. If purchasing prepackaged, check the back the membrane has been removed. It is thin, but very firm and opaque white in color. If present, use a sharp knife to pull up a corner at one end of the slab,  then pull across the length of the slab to remove. once you get a corner going, use a napkin or paper towel to grab it and give it a firm tug. Keep adjusting to grip close to the base and continue peeling from end to end. If it all comes off in one piece you win bragging rights for a year.
  2. Rinse the slab in cold water, then generously rub both sides and all edges with 3 tablespoons of our Sugar-Free Memphis Style Dry Rub (or rub of choice). If you don’t plan to finish the ribs with Sugar-Free Barbecue Sauce, use 4 tablespoons of the rub for extra flavor. 
  3. Place the wire Instant Pot rack in the bottom of the pot (handles folded down). Curl the seasoned slab to form a “U” shape or circle with the meat side (front) facing outward and the back of the ribs facing inward. If there is a ridge of fat on one edge of the the meat side, make sure it’s on top (it will cook off and keep the meat moist while cooking). Place the curled slab into the Instant Pot and position so it remains upright against wall of the pot. Our 6-quart Duo accommodates one 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 pound slab. A larger pot may allow for two slabs at once with slight overlap. 
  4. Add salt, boiling water, and apple cider vinegar to a large measuring cup and stir to dissolve salt. Pour into the center of the pot, taking care not to splash the meat.
  5. Seal the Instant Pot and set to Manual/High for 25 minutes with “Keep Warm” turned off. Once cooking time has completed, allow to vent naturally for 15 minutes, then vent remaining pressure manually. 

Without Sauce

  1. When the pin drops on Instant Pot, remove lid and use two sets of tongs to carefully remove the slab and place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  2. Tent loosely with foil and rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Serve with sauce on the side if desired.

With Sauce

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, place oven rack in the second from top position, and set oven to low broil. 
  2. Use two sets of tongs to carefully remove the slab from Instant Pot and place on the prepared baking sheet. Tent with foil and rest 10 minutes, then brush sides and edges generously with Sugar-Free Barbecue Sauce
  3. Broil for 2-3 minutes on each side to caramelize the BBQ sauce a bit, taking care not to burn. Since this sauce does not contain cane sugar, it will not form the same type of “crust” as a sauce with regular sugar. Slice and serve immediately after broiling.


Store leftover ribs tightly wrapped in foil inside an airtight container up to 3 days. They’re even better the next day.

For ribs with even more amazing flavor, work the rub into the slab then wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate 3 hours, or up to overnight, before cooking in Instant Pot. 



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