March 2

Easiest Instant Pot Ribs!

for Easiest Instant Pot Ribs
All the flavors are great!

I don’t just need easy Instant Pot ribs. I needed the Easiest Instant Pot Ribs, like ever.

See, I needed a win here. I went for years and years afraid to try making ribs. We always loved them and I’d buy premade sometimes, but I just had zero confidence in my abilities to make them on my own. We’re from Kansas City, for gosh sakes! I couldn’t be turning out subpar ribs. Everybody–including me!–would know the difference.

But yes. I think I’ve found it: the easiest instant pot ribs ever. Easy enough I’m interested in experimenting with different additions. That’s a far cry from not even trying, and I’m really pleased with myself for going outside my comfort zone.

I use this BBQ sauce–and couldn’t tell it from traditional BBQ sauce if I tried. If your store doesn’t have sugar free BBQ sauce though, you can always make your own. Do what works for you! Always.

But let’s get started on those ribs, shall we?

Oh yeah: if you don’t have an Instant Pot, use your crock pot. Low and slow, baby!

Easiest Instant Pot Ribs! 1

Easiest Instant Pot Ribs

SO GOOD and so easy, you'll want ribs all the time!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Ribs, Instant Pot Ribs
Servings: 6
Calories: 431kcal



  • Use a paper towel to peel off membrane from back of ribs. I have a mixed track record with this myself, but do what you can. Here's a video showing the paper towel method.
  • Whatever rub you wanna rub, get to rubbing. Rub in your rub!
  • Add 1/2 cup water (or broth), along with the apple cider vinegar and Liquid Smoke (if using) to the bottom of your pot. If you're not using the vinegar, just replace the liquid with water.
  • Insert trivet, and set now-rubbed ribs on their side atop of trivet, curling around to fit in your pot. (You can cook up to 2 racks at a time if your pot will accommodate them). 
  • Cook high pressure for 28 minutes (for very tender) or 25 minutes for more of a bite. 
  • Allow for full natural pressure release. As pressure is dropping, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • When the pressure has dropped, remove ribs from Instant pot and put them in a broiling pan. Spread BBQ sauce on them. 
  • Broil for 10 -15 minutes with the meaty side up, until the sauce is caramelized and it looks so good, you can barely wait to eat it!

Recipe Notes

Secret: I just used Montreal Steak Seasoning as rub. It's what I had.
I always allow a Natural Pressure Release on meat, since the Quick Release tends to turn out tougher meat. If you are a planning-ahead type, you could also marinate these babies overnight. Betcha that would be good!
You may need to tweak cooking times for different cuts of ribs or to get your desired level of tenderness. These instructions are for falling-off-the-bone tender ribs using the St. Louis Style rack.
Nutrition Facts
Easiest Instant Pot Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 431 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 198mg8%
Potassium 390mg11%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
Net Carbs 1
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Made this? Show it off!Follow @lowcarbzen & tag it #lczen.

Hint: Have trouble removing the membrane? Here’s how it’s done.

These would be great with some cauli-mash, salad, or roasted veggies of darned near any sort. Yum!

Have you tried making instant pot ribs? What would be your tips for the Easiest Instant Pot Ribs?

About the author...

Zen Goddess

Just a regular gal who found she feels better eating low carb.


BBQ, Pork, Ribs

  • 5 stars
    Thank you, these sound wonderful. Also, thank you for the tip that these can be made in a regular crock pot. I don’t have an insta-pot. I can’t wait to try these.Also, sorry, but it won’t let me click on the stars. You get 5, btw.

  • {"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

    More LOW CARB Zen?

    A Little More Low Carb Goodness for You!