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May 13 2016
2 years ago
4:20 PM MST

30 Minute Pressure Cooker Ribs

May 13, 2016 @ 4:20 PM MST
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30 Minute Ribs in the Pressure Cooker by

Mouthwatering BBQ ribs that literally fall off the bone are made in UNDER one hour by using an electric pressure cooker and this tasty smoky & sweet rub seasoning recipe! If you think these ribs look amazing, they taste even better and are so easy to make!

Ribs from the Pressure Cooker then Finished on Grill

Have you ever cooked with a pressure cooker?

A pressure cooker is an airtight pot in which food can be cooked quickly under steam pressure. Although it looks like a slow cooker, it actually functions in the exact opposite way since it cooks food very quickly. For instance, I can use my pressure cooker to cook a pot roast in just 35-40 minutes, chicken breasts in 8-10 minutes, white rice in 8 minutes, dried beans in 30 minutes, and corn on the cob in 3-4 minutes. Isn’t that amazing? 🙂
Highly Rated Amazon Pressure CookerOn a personal note – I’m fairly new to pressure cooking so I have been researching different ways to fully use my 6 Quart Instant-Pot Pressure Cooker. I like that my pressure cooker has a slow cooker setting as well so it can completely replace my slow cooker meaning less clutter in the kitchen! I’m looking forward to trying out more recipes and sharing what I learn here on Hip2Save.
How to Cook Ribs in the Pressure Cooker

30 Minute Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs


1 rack baby back pork ribs
Smoky & Sweet BBQ Rub (see recipe below or use your favorite BBQ Seasoning Blend)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup your favorite BBQ Sauce

Pressure Cooker Directions: 

Season both sides of ribs with the smoky & sweet BBQ Rub. Cut rack of ribs in half or in thirds so you can stack in pressure cooker. Add 1/2 cup of water to pot. Close lid and cook for 25-30 minutes depending on how tender you like your ribs. If you are also using the Insta-Pot, use the meat setting which is HIGH pressure. When finished, release pressure from pot according to manual instructions and remove top. Transfer ribs to a large pan and brush with BBQ sauce. Finish ribs on an outdoor grill or in oven (using broiler setting) for a few minutes on each side. The last step is optional but so worth it for that tasty caramelized texture!

Alternative Slow Cooker Directions:

Use the same method and ingredients as stated above except cook ribs in your slow cooker for 4 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW. Finish in the broiler or on the grill. This is how I’ve made ribs in the past and they turn out awesome as well!

Smoky & Sweet BBQ Rub

Smoky & Sweet BBQ Rub for Ribs

Adapted from


1 Tablespoon Cumin
1 Tablespoon Paprika
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1/2  teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

This is by far the best BBQ seasoning I’ve ever made! It will make your food burst with flavor and is perfect for all your summer BBQ needs! I typically double the recipe as I use it all the time to season chicken, pork loin, and veggies AND it makes the BEST roasted seasoned potatoes! Yum!! Feel free to adapt to your taste (i.e. if you don’t like anything spicy, decrease or omit cayenne pepper).

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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