Best Ever Instant Pot Pork Spare Ribs Recipe

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How to Make Fall-Off the Bone Tender Instant Pot Pork Spare Ribs

This Instant Pot Pork Spare Ribs recipe is insane. I never thought that I would cook barbecue pork ribs in a pressure cooker! But seriously, it’s so easy – all it takes is 23 minutes in the pressure cooker and an optional 8 minutes under the grill. I served babies with rice and a Filipino soup, called Sinigang. But you can definitely serve it with mashed potatoes, roast veggies, or anything that you prefer.

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Pressure Cooking

I’ve got a wee confession to make ➡️ I’m not a huge fan of pork. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever craved for pork… until I started my electric pressure cooker. It just makes it so, so easy. It saves time and money! Do you remember the old style manual pressure cookers? Crikey! Those ones scared me. The electric pressure cooker though is an absolute dream to work with ♥

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How to Make Spare Ribs in the Pressure Cooker

The first thing you want to do is to slice up your ribs so that you can spread them nicely in the pot – without stacking them. Season the ribs with salt and pepper, and layer them on top of the trivet, standing on its sides. Don’t layer them one on top of another. You want to give the ribs space to cook evenly. 

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Next, pour in a cup of beef broth into the pot. Place the lid over, ensuring that the vent is set to seal. Set the cooker on High Pressure, timed for 23 minutes. Leave it to do its thing and allow the pressure to autorelease. In the meantime, you can focus on other things – prepare your rice, veggies, or mash. Or go and put your feet up and catch up on some Netflix 🙂

When that’s done, go ahead and take ribs out, laying it on a tray and grill rack. Make sure you layer the oven tray with some foil to save up on some cleaning later on! Leave the broth in the pot.

At this point, you can do one of two things. 1 – make your own barbecue sauce using the broth you have, or 2 – use your favorite sauce for basting. 

To make your own barbecue sauce, set the pressure cooker to the Saute function. Leave the broth to come to a boil and reduce. This will take about ten minutes.

When the broth has reduced, add some brown sugar, liquid smoke, and mustard. Give it a good stir and leave it to reduce and thicken further. 

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Baste the ribs with your barbecue sauce and pop it under the grill on High for about 4 minutes on each side, or until you’re happy with the char it achieves. 

Serve hot with your choice of sides 😋

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Yield: Serves 4-6

Best Ever Instant Pot Spare Ribs

Best Ever Instant Pot Spare Ribs

Learn how to make the best ever, fall-off the bone tender, and succulent pork spare ribs in the Instant Pot. Serve it with rice, veggies, corn, or mashed potatoes and enjoy a sumptious, comforting meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • FOR THE RIBS
  • 1-1.5 lbs Baby Back Ribs
  • 1 Cup Beef Broth
  • Salt & Pepper
  • FOR THE BARBECUE SAUCE
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 3 Teaspoons Brown Sugar (packed)

Instructions

Cook the Spare Ribs

  1. Rinse ribs and pat dry. Slice the rack of ribs into 2-3 pieces (about 3-4 ribs each) so that it all fits into the pot. Season each side with salt and pepper.
  2. Place a steam rack or trivet into the pressure cooker. Add the beef broth, liquid smoke, and mustard.
  3. Arrange the ribs on the trivet. Make sure to stack the ribs upright on its sides, around and against the pot. Do not layer them on top of each other as you need to allow the ribs to cook evenly.
  4. Cover the pot and set the valve to seal. Using manual pressure, set the cooker on HIGH PRESSURE for 23 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally, once done. When done, carefully open the valve to release any remaining pressure. (I use oven mitts to make sure I don't accidentally burn myself!)
  5. Take the ribs out and lay them on an oven tray and grill rack. Be careful as the ribs will be very tender.
  6. Using the broth you already have, set the pressure cooker to Saute function. Give the broth a gentle stir, and leave it to reduce. This will take about ten minutes.
  7. Once the broth has reduced, stir in the sugar. Leave a further 5 minutes to reduce and thicken.
  8. Baste the ribs, and place under grill on HIGH for 4 minutes each side - or until you achieve the desired char.
  9. Serve with your choice of sides. This is great with steamed rice, roast veggies, mashed potatoes, or even corn. Enjoy!

Notes

You can either make your own barbecue sauce using the broth you already have as per the recipe instructions above; or use your favorite barbecue sauce.

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