Pressure Cooker Ribs

These pressure cooker ribs, which are easy and ideal for the Instant Pot, are finished in the oven with a brown sugar and Dijon glaze. It’s a super-fast method for knee-wobbling, lip-smacking, fall-off-the-bone tenderness.

A slab of glazed pressure cooker ribs with a knife cutting between two ribs

We confess that until we tried this pressure cooker ribs recipe, we’d always been a little leary of pressure cookers. We’d just never imagined you could turn out anything like ribs that are fall-off-the-bone tender in 30 minutes or less. We were wrong. So spectacularly wrong. This pressure cooker ribs recipe made believers out of us. One taste and it’ll convert you, too.–Renee Schettler

*HOW DO I REMOVE THE MEMBRANE FROM RIBS?

To remove the membrane or silver skin from a rib, use the tip of a small knife to loosen a corner and then grab the membrane with a paper towel and slowly pull it off.

Pressure Cooker Ribs

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  • (41)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • Serves 2
4.8/5 - 41 reviews
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Ingredients


Directions

Cut your 1/2 rack of spare ribs into 2 or 3 pieces so all the ribs will fit in the pressure cooker. Sprinkle the ribs on both sides with the kosher salt and season with pepper. Pour the beef stock into the pressure cooker and place the steamer insert in the cooker. Place the ribs on the steamer insert. Rather than stacking sections of ribs, place the rib sections on end and sort of curl them around the pot so the pieces aren’t touching to ensure even cooking.

Lock the lid in place and bring the pot to high pressure (15 psi for stove top or 9 to 11 psi for electric). If using a stove-top pressure cooker, maintain the pressure for 20 minutes for tender ribs or, if you prefer that the ribs be falling-off-the-bone tender, cook for 30 minutes, adjusting the burner as necessary.

If using an electric pressure cooker, such as an Instant Pot, cook at high pressure for 20 minutes for tender ribs or, if you prefer ribs that are falling-off-the-bone tender, cook for up to 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, turn the cooker off. Do not let the pressure cooker automatically switch to the “warm” setting.

Use the natural method to release the pressure in the cooker. Unlock and remove the lid. Using tongs, move the ribs, bone-side up, to a rack placed on an aluminum foil-lined sheet pan. Let the cooking liquid in the pressure cooker rest for several minutes to allow the fat to rise to the surface.

Meanwhile, preheat the broiler and adjust an oven rack to the top or second position.

While the broiler heats, spoon off and discard the fat from the surface of the cooking liquid. Place the stove-top cooker over medium heat or turn the electric cooker to “brown” or “saute” and bring the stock to a vigorous simmer. Cook until the stock is reduced to 1/3 of the original volume, 8 to 10 minutes.

Stir in the mustard and brown sugar, and continue simmering for 6 to 8 minutes more, or until the sauce resembles a thick syrup. Remove from the heat.

Baste the bone side of the ribs with some of the mustard sauce. Slide the ribs under the broiler until the sauce is bubbling, about 4 minutes. Remove the sheet pan from the oven, turn the ribs over, and baste with the remaining glaze. Return to the broiler until warmed through, about 6 minutes. Cut the ribs into 1- or 2-rib sections and serve. Originally published December 4, 2015.

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    How To Make These Ribs Using Your Own Barbecue Sauce

    • The barbecue sauce that someone chooses to slather on one’s ribs is quite the personal thing. We understand and respect this. While we like the simple mustard barbecue sauce in the above pressure cooker ribs recipe, we understand if you prefer to substitute a barbecue sauce that’s already near and dear to your heart. Just follow the recipe above through Step 4 and then discard the broth and use your barbecue sauce to baste the ribs in place of the mustard, brown sugar and broth mixture.

    David Says

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    I am not an Instant Pot fan. I've made a couple of Insta-Recipes, and they were disasters. The meat tasted bland and boiled and felt waterlogged. The third time, The One just stared at me, giving me his why-do-you-always-have-to-buy-every-gadget-you-see look. (Yes, that is an actual expression brought on by the junk heap of discarded appliances, tools, implements, and doodads in the basement.) After I washed the Instant Pot after that last experiment, I stuffed it with its manuals, little red silicone gloves, and plastic spoon and tossed it on the heap, where I was certain it would stay until the basement grew so overwhelmingly stuffed we'd be eligible to star in an episode of "Hoarding: Buried Alive, Culinary Edition."

    Since the New Year, though, we've been Inventory Eating to empty out the fridge, pantry, and freezer. Yesterday we were rummaging through our serial-murderer freezer (you know, the long chest kind), and in among the chickens, ground beef, fatback that I will never use, and the crystalized shrimp and lobster shells was a frozen rack of ribs.

    "What can we do with it?" The One asked.

    "Not a lot today." The temperature was hovering at near zero, so grilling was out of the question. Then I remembered this recipe. "Well, there is a pressure cooker ribs recipe on the site," I added.

    "Is that the crazy Instant Pot thing?"

    "Yes."

    "Are you kidding? More boiled meat? What are we? British?"

    When I told him he could make dinner if he was so offended, he suddenly expressed his undying affection "for a good boiled joint followed by a Spotted Dick."

    I followed the recipe exactly. I cut the ribs into three sections, laying them on top of one another like a pile of books, which was I discovered was wrong. Even 25 minutes of high pressure couldn't cook that meat stack all the way through. So I put them back in for 5 minutes standing on end, and they cooked--I freaking hate to say it--perfectly.

    All that was left was to baste them with the glaze and broil them. Apparently, I've had bad broiler mojo, too, because I burned one side. Luckily, it was the underside, so there wasn't too much damage. (Note to self: Learn the difference between low, medium, and high broil on the wall oven.) I hovered at the oven while the meaty side turned from gray to tan to a burnished terra cotta.

    "These are amazing," said The One.

    "I know, right?" Who knew pressurized meat could be so good.

    I don't know if our success was due to Janet Zimmerman's excellent directions (other pressure cookbooks, especially Instant Pot tomes, have proven a bust for me), or perhaps I'm starting to get a handle on this Instant Pot headache contraption. Or a little bit of both.

    As of now, this jury is still out on Instant Pot. But this recipe? Not guilty by reasons of insane deliciousness.

    Recipe Testers' Reviews

    Ribs are generally relegated to the weekend when we have enough time to complete the arduous task. No more! I've tried many methods and recipes for preparing the perfect porcine delight. Smoking, oven-roasting, and on and on and on. These ribs are as fine as any that I've made. The most exciting thing? I can roll in the door at 5:30 p.m., hit the shower, and still have amazing ribs on the table by 7 p.m.

    If you want to add a bit of smoke, how about some smoked sea salt? The rib meat was very tender yet still firm and close to falling off the bone. If I could use just one word, that word would be astonishing!

    If you don't own a pressure cooker, this pressure cooker ribs recipe alone justifies the purchase.

    Pressure cooker ribs is absolutely my new go-to method. The ribs were falling off the bone tender at 25 minutes, just the way we like them. Removing the membrane from the backside of the ribs isn't difficult but many brands offer ribs pre-packaged with the membrane already removed. Also, most behind-the-counter butchers will do this for you if you ask. Glazing the ribs under the broiler yielded a "cooked on the grill" appearance with a nice caramelized glaze.

    Using a 6-quart electric pressure cooker, I was able to lay the full slab of ribs on its side on top of the steamer insert and coil it around the pressure cooker bowl. This was a nice alternative to cutting the ribs into pieces and trying to keep them standing upright. On my second try at this recipe, I wanted to get more flavor on the ribs so I used my favorite rib rub instead of salt and pepper. The brown sugar and Dijon mustard glaze is nice but I prefer discarding the broth and fat that cooks out of the ribs and finishing with our favorite BBQ sauce. If that's what you try, feel free to substitute 1 cup of water in place of the beef broth or experiment with other liquids like apple juice or even root beer. Just remember to use 1 cup of liquid to get enough pressure for cooking. Depending on the size of your cooker, you might be able to make more than one rack of ribs at a time - check your cooker manual.

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    Comments

    1. 5 stars
      I don’t often laugh out loud at recipe blogs, but when you talked about “The One” and his comments about the instant pot, my “SOB” (Significant Other Boyfriend) walked up behind me and asked if I was reading porn…I was right at the part where The One said let’s have some Spotted Dick…the culinary edition of Hoarders – Buried Alive and the serial-murderer freezer also made me ell oh ell (I refuse to write those three letters – never have and never will)…I don’t know which LC editor wrote this one, but they should be onstage doing comedy in addition to writing these funny recipes!!!!

    2. I added some ketchup, coriander powder and cocoa powder to the sauce and it was YUMS! Great recipe,
      thank you.

    3. David you really need to try Melissa Clark’s recipes from Dinner In An Instant. The mashed potatoes are devine.

    4. These turned out awesome. I used a rub and purchased BBQ sauce, made it a bit easier. I broiled them, DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. Out of the PC, you are right, it looks like boiled meat. Have fun with these – big slabs are on sale for the holiday, just trim them up leaving only the ribs. Then cut into 3 pieces and place them vertically like this recipe says. Be sure to broil them to finish. You will impress!

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