Baby Back Ribs In the Instant Pot

This spice rub makes enough to generously coat two racks of ribs but can be stored in an air tight container for up to 3 months.


  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs 6 to 8 pounds
  • ¼ cup sweet paprika
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cups apple cider
  • Your favorite barbeque sauce


  1. Place the racks of ribs on two sheets of aluminum foil. In a small bowl, whisk the dry rub ingredients together until combined and generously rub over the top and bottom of the ribs, gently working the rub into the meat. Wrap the racks with the aluminum foil and refrigerate for 4 hours up to 48 hours.
  2. Pour 1 cup apple cider in the bottom of a 6-quart Instant Pot or pressure cooker fitted with a wire rack. Place the ribs on the rack with bones facing up and lock the lid into place. Select High Pressure and 20 minutes cooking time.
  3. When the cooking time ends, turn off the pressure cooker and let it naturally release for 10 minutes before releasing the quick pressure release valve so the rest of the steam escapes. When the valve drops, carefully open the lid and remove the ribs onto a foil-lined baking sheet.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450°F or preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush the tops of the ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce. Broil for 4-5 minutes, or cook on the grill for 3-5 minutes on each side. Add more sauce as desired and serve.
  5. * Ribs can be cooked in the Instant Pot up to 2 days in advance, then reheated in the oven or on the grill with the barbecue sauce.