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!
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!
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:
Check out the video below for how to make these BBQ ribs!
Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs
- 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
- Pull the membrane off the underside of the ribs. Cut each rack in half.
- Make the rib seasoning by mixing together the brown sugar, chili powder, salt, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
- Rub the seasoning mix all over the ribs and place them inside the pressure cooker pot, standing up, horizontally side by side.
- Pour in the pop, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and 1/4 cup of the BBQ sauce.
- 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.
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Place ribs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the remaining 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce on the ribs.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.