I love making these Instant Pot pork ribs because they are fall of the bone tender. They have a delicious crispy outer layer and can be made in under 45 minutes.
Instant Pot Pork Ribs
These Instant Pot pork ribs are an easy meal that won’t heat up the house. We’ve included a crockpot variation as well in case you don’t have an Instant Pot. They really are the perfect hearty dinner that everyone will enjoy.
And if you need more rib action, our rib dry rub is also great! It can even be used on chicken to dress it up just a bit before grilling.
Are these ribs Whole30 approved?
Yes! I’ve always loved ribs so these Instant Pot pork ribs seemed like the perfect recipe to create for you all during my own Whole30 reset. Whether you maintain a certain eating style or not, you are going to love them. As much as you loved our Whole30 gluten-free crab cakes...promise!
Ingredients are minimal allowing the meat to truly shine. For this reason, I do recommend a really good quality pork. I personally like Beelers brand but any that is naturally raised gives the best flavor.
How to make Instant Pot Pork Ribs
Can these be made into slow cooker ribs?
While I originally made these ribs in our crockpot, I have recently adapted them to meet our Instant Pot needs. If you’d like to still cook them in the Instant Pot, go ahead and just switch the cook time to 6-7 hours on low.
The rest of the instructions will be the same. Which cooking method you choose really just depends on if you need this dinner in a snap or you have time to cook low and slow all day.
Just like our creamy Italian chicken recipe, it works great in both the pressure cooker or the crockpot.
What do you serve with these Instant Pot pork ribs?
My friend Erin has a delicious summer corn salad as well over on her blog, Meaningful Eats. Chrystal of Gluten-Free Palate also has a yummy recipe for Instant Pot beef short ribs that would be great too if you are looking for something a little different than our ribs.
Can you use beef ribs instead of pork?
Absolutely! They taste great and are cooked just the same way.
How do you store Instant Pot pork ribs?
Leftovers (if there are any) can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. You can microwave to reheat. Oven baking isn’t recommended as it will dry them out.
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Instant Pot Pork Ribs
- 4 pounds natural baby back ribs
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne
- 1 T smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. Real Salt
- dash of black pepper
- Whole30 approved BBQ sauce we used Tessamaes-optional to top with sauce
- Combine all ingredients EXCEPT meat and BBQ sauce
- Massage spice mixture into all areas of the meat
- Rim your Instant Pot bowl with the slab of ribs stand up on their side so they circle around (Make sure to place the meaty side against edge bowl; It will resemble a crown of ribs)
- Add one cup of water to the bottom of the pan
- Cook on high pressure cook for 25 minutes (for crockpot, cook on low 6-7 hrs)
- Manually release pressure and transfer ribs to a baking sheet
- Baste with Whole30 approved BBQ sauce (optional) and broil 2-3 minutes to give that crispy outer layer
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*Our original crockpot ribs recipe was posted on September 29, 2010. This recipe was then adapted on March 6, 2018. We have since added more detailed information, step-by-step photos and additional related recipes.