Instant Pot® Sweet Baby Back Ribs
Tender, sweet, and sticky baby back ribs that only take 1 hour from prep to plate. If you like them with a little spice, add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the dry rub. I make this in my 8-quart Instant Pot® Duo; a 6-quart pot may require less liquid.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 2racks baby back pork ribs
- ¼cup dark brown sugar
- 2tablespoons garlic salt (such as Lawry's®)
- 2tablespoons chili powder
- 1teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 1cup beef broth
- 12fluid ounces root beer
- 2tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
- 1cup barbecue sauce (such as Sweet Baby Ray's®), or more to taste
Step 1Use a butter knife to cut into an edge of the rib racks. Use a paper towel to grab and lift off the silvery membranes.
Step 2Combine brown sugar, garlic salt, chili powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in bowl. Coat the ribs generously with the dry rub.
Step 3Place the trivet inside the Instant Pot®. Pour in broth, root beer, vinegar, and liquid smoke. Place ribs on the trivet on their sides, with one inside the other. Close and lock the lid and make sure the vent is sealed. Select manual high pressure and set the timer for 30 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
Step 4Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions for 15 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.
Step 5Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler on the highest heat setting. Place a rack 6 inches from the heat source.
Step 6Transfer ribs to a broiling pan and generously coat with barbecue sauce.
Step 7Cook in the broiler until barbeque sauce is bubbly and caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes.