Pressure cooker ribs spare back boneless

Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs

Over the years I have cooked pork ribs many different ways: slow cooker, smoker, oven, grill and more. Each method can work well for ribs. Recently, I have been using my pressure cooker for ribs and the results are amazing. Both back and side ribs coming out of the pressure cooker are fall off the bone delicious.

Lately, I have been converting a lot of my slow cooker recipes to be made in the pressure cooker. By far, the big advantage of a pressure cooker is how quickly that it will cook the ribs. While I cook my ribs in the slow cooker for 8 hours, the pressure cooker only needs 25 minutes.

Yup, it is that quick!

Pressure cooker ribs spare back boneless

For these ribs, I wanted to try to simulate the BBQ flavour of my smoked ribs. The seasoning rub that I put on the ribs is quite similar to the my Steve’s Basic BBQ Rub, which I use when I smoke ribs. I also poured some pop, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and BBQ sauce into the pressure cooker pot which helps to both provide flavour to the ribs and tenderize them.

Generally ribs is something that needs to be planned ahead because it takes so long to cook for the them to be tender. With the pressure cooker, ribs can now be a weeknight meal!

Pressure cooker ribs spare back boneless

Once the ribs are done in the pressure cooker, I bake them in the oven for 15 minutes. Baking the ribs, with some more BBQ sauce brushed on, helps to finish them and give them an awesome sweet sticky glaze.

I have another recipe for pressure cooker ribs on the site and it can be found here:

Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Baby Back Ribs

Check out the video below for how to make these BBQ ribs!

5 from 2 votes
Pressure cooker ribs spare back boneless
Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Delicious BBQ ribs (either back or side ribs), made in a pressure cooker and then quickly baked in the oven. Fall off the bone tender and delicious.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, pressure cooker, ribs
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 610 kcal
Author: Steve Cylka
  • 2 pork ribs back or side ribs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can pop
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 3/4 cup bbq sauce divided
  1. Pull the membrane off the underside of the ribs. Cut each rack in half.

  2. Make the rib seasoning by mixing together the brown sugar, chili powder, salt, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper and cayenne pepper.

  3. Rub the seasoning mix all over the ribs and place them inside the pressure cooker pot, standing up, horizontally side by side.

  4. Pour in the pop, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and 1/4 cup of the BBQ sauce.

  5. Lock the lid on the pressure cooker and close the vent. Set the pressure cooker to high pressure and cook for 25 minutes. After the cook cycle, let the pressure release naturally.

  6. Preheat the oven to 400F.

  7. Place ribs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the remaining 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce on the ribs.

  8. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

  9. Serve.

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 610 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 1514mg 63%
Potassium 1019mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 36g
Protein 44g 88%
Vitamin A 27.4%
Vitamin C 4.7%
Calcium 10.5%
Iron 20.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Pressure cooker ribs spare back boneless

Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs Recipe - Delicious BBQ ribs (either back or side ribs), made in a pressure cooker and then quickly baked in the oven. Great for Instant Pot.

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Thanks so much for this!! While we didn’t follow your recipe exactly, we followed your procedure-finishing on our Green Mountain Pellet Grill and the ribs were wonderful!! Definitely will be doing our ribs this way from now on.

  2. These ribs were A-MAZING!!!! Can’t believe that they were so tender in 45 minutes of cooking and the 15 minutes in the oven caramelized the barbeque sauce perfectly.

    Roasted potatoes and coleslaw as sides and partnered with a Black Oak Brewing Nut Brown Ale. Perfect!!

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