Let your pressure cooker do the work in a fraction of the time with these tender and flavorful Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs!
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I get so excited just thinking about these ribs. I mean, tender and juicy barbecue pork ribs in less than an hour from start to finish… including the time it takes the pot to come to pressure?! Yes, please.
Are ribs supposed to fall off of the bone?
I’ve seen ribs frequently described as “fall of the bone tender” but in my opinion they’re overcooked if the meat literally falls off the bone.
Seriously, when I go to remove the ribs from the Instant Pot, I don’t want all the meat falling off in a pile before I even get the rack to the baking sheet to prepare for the broiler. The meat on these ribs is tender and pulls easily off of the bone, but stays attached when you remove the rack from the pot (and when you pick up the bone to take a bite!).
I totally understand everyone’s tastes are different, so if you like your ribs “falling off the bone” then I suggest adding about 5 minutes longer to your cook time.
It’s important to remove the membrane from the bone-side of the rack before seasoning and cooking. The membrane is tough and also blocks your seasonings from absorbing into the meat.
How to remove the membrane from baby back ribs:
On one end of the rack, slide a butter knife up under the membrane (between the membrane and the bone) and loosen. Grip the membrane with a paper towel and pull until it is removed. The membrane may come off in one piece (if you’re lucky!) or you may have to pull off smaller pieces.
Place the entire rack on its side in a circle on top of the trivet for even cooking. I added a sprig of fresh rosemary which adds a hint of rosemary flavor.
I finished these ribs off brushed with barbecue sauce under the broiler for about 4 minutes before serving (I love Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce but use your favorite or homemade!).