The pressure cooker is an excellent way to cook ribs. Yes, I have a big smoker in the backyard and that is my more common way to cook ribs, but sometimes, weather or time is an issue and the pressure cooker will also work well. One of the major benefits of using a pressure cooker for meat, is that it can cook and tenderize the meat in a fraction of the time that it takes in the oven or slow cooker.
Ribs are ‘fall off the bone’ tender as they come out of the pressure cooker. Shockingly, it only takes 15-20 minutes of cook time in the pressure cooker for the ribs to have the same result as 8 hours in a slow cooker.
My 6qt pressure cooker is plenty big enough to cook 2 full racks of baby back ribs. Just cut them in half and line them up horizontally in the pot. Mix up the teriyaki marinade and pour it over the ribs. Lock the lid on the pressure cooker and close up the vent. Set it to cook for 20 minutes at high pressure.
Note: While this recipe is for teriyaki ribs, this can be modified many ways, with different marinades and sauces.
Once the 20 minutes is up, let the pressure release naturally. Removing the lid will reveal that the ribs should be fulling cooked with the meat starting to pull away from the bone.
Place the ribs on a rack that is placed on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Generously brushed them with teriyaki glaze.
With an oven set to broil, cook the ribs for about 3-5 minutes. After that, brush them with more teriyaki glaze and put back in the oven for 3-5 more minutes. The finished ribs will be sticky, sweet and tender.
- 2 racks baby back ribs , each cut in half
- 1/3 cup teriyaki marinade/sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 garlic cloves , minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger , grated
- 1 1/3 cup chicken broth
- 3/4 cup teriyaki glaze/baste
Place ribs in the pressure cooker, standing the half racks up horizontally side by side.
Make the marinade by mixing together the teriyaki marinade, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and chicken broth. Pour the marinade over the ribs.
Lock the lid on the pressure cooker and close the vent. Set the pressure cooker to high pressure and cook for 15-20 minutes. After the cook cycle, let the pressure release naturally.
Preheat oven to broil.
Place the ribs, meat side up, on a rack placed on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Brush the ribs with teriyaki glaze.
Bake the ribs in the oven for 3-5 minutes. Then brush them with more teriyaki glaze and bake them for 3-5 more minutes.