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Instant Pot Bone-In Ribs Recipe

Who said just because it is winter we can’t have ribs? You can, and with this Instant Pot bone-in-ribs, you can have tender, juicy, flavorful ribs too!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best ribs, bone-in bbq ribs, INSTANT POT BONE-IN RIBS, Instant Pot Ribs
Servings: 6
Calories: 634kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Baking Sheet
  • Brush
  • Tongs


  • 1 (2-3 pound) rack of ribs (I use pork loin ribs)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • cups apple juice (reserving 1/4 cup for later)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 (16 oz) bottle BBQ sauce


  • Season your ribs with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Place your ribs in the Instant Pot, on top of the trivet.
  • Combine apple juice and 1/2 cup brown sugar and pour over your ribs.
  • Place your lid on the Instant pot, turn your knob to sealing, and cook for 30 minutes. You can cut your ribs into smaller sections if they do not fit around the bottom. Let it naturally release for 10 minutes, and then do a quick release to let out the rest of the steam.
  • After they are done in the instant pot, use tongs to gently (they are already falling off the bone) take them out.
  • Turn your oven broil on to HIGH. While the oven is warming up, mix together the bottle of BBQ sauce and the 1/4 cup of apple juice you saved from earlier.
  • Place the ribs gently on a foil covered baking sheet and and brush with BBQ sauce.
  • Turn the ribs twice every three minutes or so, slathering with more sauce each time. The sauce will begin to turn sticky when they are done.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.


  • Make sure to watch them closely under the broiler so they don't burn!


Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 1282mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg