Fall Off the Bone Ribs in 30 Minutes!
By :The Spicy Apron
Instant Pot makes the ribs fall off the bone tender, and the boiler or grill finishes them off with a beautifully caramelized crust. Pick a barbecue sauce you love – whether it’s store-bought or homemade, any sauce will do!
Votes: 100
Rating: 4.68
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Apple Juice, BBQ Sauce, Ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
4 servings
  • 1 slab baby back ribs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce divided, 1/4 cup and 3/4 cup
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Apple Juice, BBQ Sauce, Ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
4 servings
  • 1 slab baby back ribs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce divided, 1/4 cup and 3/4 cup
Votes: 100
Rating: 4.68
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  1. Liberally salt and pepper both sides of slab of ribs. Cut slab in half if it's too big for your Instant Pot.
  2. Pour apple juice into Instant Pot. Place ribs into pot, drizzle with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and secure lid. Make sure it's set to "sealing."
  3. Set it to Manual timer for 25 minutes. It will take a few minutes to heat up and seal the vent. Once timer counts down, let sit another 5 minutes then release steam by turning valve to "venting." Turn on oven to broil (or heat your grill) while you're waiting for the 5 minute resting time.
  4. Remove ribs from Instant Pot and place on a baking sheet. Slather on both sides with remaining sauce.
  5. Place under broiler (or on grill) for 5-10 minutes, watching carefully so it doesn't burn. Remove and brush with a bit more sauce. Pull apart and dig in!
92 replies
  1. Sightseeing
    Sightseeing says:

    This is a very simple basic recipe, which is great to tweek and work with. You can leave it as is, or change it around a bit. I didnt use the apple juice since ive never tried that before so I just used water. You could use beef stock too. When done, I cook the water and rib sauce which was sweet baby rays, along with 3 T. Of brown sugar and 3 T of dijon mustard intil thickened. (Takes some time), but Yummy. So good recipe.

  2. BootsNBloomers
    BootsNBloomers says:

    I made this tonight and my son cooked a rack on the bbq and then we had a rib off. This recipe won tonight!

  3. kmnitchke
    kmnitchke says:

    Really great! I’m so impressed with how quick and easy they were to make. And they definitely fall off the bone!

  4. ambernclint
    ambernclint says:

    New Instant Pot user here…the recipe did not call for using the rack. Is it implied or not necessary? Also, what is the cooking recommendation for more than one slab of ribs (2)?

  5. marcokner@msn.com
    marcokner@msn.com says:

    This was my first meal other than the hard boiled eggs. It was excellent! Easy, just thirty minutes. Just make sure if you broil at the end of the cooking cycle, watch so it doesnt burn

    A brand new user

  6. chphelps
    chphelps says:

    I bought a pork baby back rib at 1.38 pounds for 2 people and we could’ve eaten more… It was so good! Super easy. Followed directions. Will be cooking this again very soon.

  7. wmm22
    wmm22 says:

    Question for those who have made this…i have the 8 qt pot and it says in the instructions to use at least 3 cups of liquid when cooking, but thjs recipe only calls for 1 cup? What should I do?

  8. Marsha66
    Marsha66 says:

    I am assuming I don’t need to remove the membrane on the back of the ribs for this recipe, is that correct?

  9. Mdr029
    Mdr029 says:

    I followed recipe and 25 minutes was no ways near long enough. I had to do another 20 minutes and were still tough. 🙁

  10. Dfrederick
    Dfrederick says:

    I followed this recipe exactly, and used a whole slab of baby back ribs. They were perfect! Falling off the bone, and so delicious! I think the key is to use baby back ribs, not any other kind.
    My husband loved them!

  11. Binx68
    Binx68 says:

    Instead of using apple juice i dumped 2 cans of root beer in there with a couple cups of water…it was great! Im sure dr pepper would taste great too

  12. JackiT
    JackiT says:

    In addition i added a tablespoon of liquid smoke. These were just as good as the ones that take 5 hours. The smoke gives it that smoked taste. I also used my favorite rub. Next time I’ll pit rub on heavier.

  13. Thionravan
    Thionravan says:

    I used the 8qt model with 3 1/2 cups of liquid. 30 minutes was fall off the bone. They were not baby backs. They were the big ones. Took off the rib membrane. Hope this helps.

  14. IngridH
    IngridH says:

    Wow it was great and so easy! I’ve never tried to do ribs before because I was worried they would come out rubbery. This would be great to do ahead for parties and finish carmelizing on the grill!

  15. Weapamela
    Weapamela says:

    I substituted beef broth for the apple juice (I didnt have), mixed with barbecue sauce.

    Will definitely do again.

  16. Choof9
    Choof9 says:

    Really great. I bought some liquid smoke that I’ll add next time. Some of the pics weren’t as tender as others, but still fully cooked and delicious.

  17. Mmuzzatti
    Mmuzzatti says:

    This was good but it was way too much fall off the bone. I bought the 3pack of baby back ribs from Costco and split them in half. I cooked them per direction but it wa difficult to get them out of the pot. Will try other recipes but not crazy about this one. Also i would switch the apple cider for beer or root beer. The house got pretty smelly.

  18. Marsha.Postert
    Marsha.Postert says:

    I have a 8 oz pot and used the St Louis ribs pack (3 slabs) from costco. Cut in half to fit. I put 2 cana of root beer and anout a cup of water. I pressure cooked on normal heat for 50 min and dis natural release. Then put them on a cookie sheet. Brushed on our favorite BBQ sause and put them in the ovev for 10 min. Turned

  19. MedicP1
    MedicP1 says:

    You only need around a cup of liquid, just enough to produce the stream to cook with. Liquid smoke in the cup of liquid does impart a nice flavour, but I keep all the bbq sauce for the broiling/grilling and to slather on before serving.

  20. Altern8guy
    Altern8guy says:

    Marinate with lemongrass, orange and peppercorn for a tangy smelling kitchen! Easy to do recipe. Excellent for summer.

  21. Mitchbrendle
    Mitchbrendle says:

    Easy. Fall off the bone. I did make the dry rub a bit more exciting before putting into the pot but excellent and easy!

  22. Conna
    Conna says:

    Yes tasty but im new to cooking, so i didnt put enough salt, also felt like the measuring cup that comes with the pot is inaccurate. I left the, in there for 30 min instead of 25 and they were tough to grab, definetly fell off the bone.

    Lastly then instructions dont say what temperture to have the oven at, i did my first batch at 450 for 5 min and they were a little dry. My second batch was at 350 for 7 min which seemed to do better

  23. Bsokolow04
    Bsokolow04 says:

    Delicious! Rubbed ribs with honey mustard and seasoned with BBQ rub. Used 1 cup of applesauce instead of a apple juice. Huge hit with the family.

  24. Decoratenu
    Decoratenu says:

    We’re still relatively new to the Instant Pot (Duo Plus 60), but really like the idea of retaining flavor in a short amount of time! The recipe app on my phone is great! We found this recipe the 1st weekend after we got the pot, but changed a couple of things: since we don’t care for sweet-flavored BBQ, we left out the apple sauce & then used a 14-oz can of stewed tomatoes & added 1 cup of our favorite BBQ sauce for approx. 3 lbs of boneless country-style ribs. The sauce thinned down during cooking, due to the liquid in the meat, so I thickened the sauce as recommended on the saute setting & baked the ribs for about 10 minutes. This is a recipe that could allow for a lot of experimentation — we’re thinking to try “Rotel” Tomatoes w/ Green Chilis for a spicy flavor or just adding 3-4 oz chopped green chilis. Loved it! Getting ready to start up another batch!

  25. Dyager
    Dyager says:

    If I could give these 6 stars I would! Followed the recipe and my husband and I devoured them as soon as they came off the grill!! 4 big thumbs up!

  26. Deeg1955
    Deeg1955 says:

    What setting do you cook these on? We’re made them and used the meat setting but they definitely didn’t fall off the bone

  27. John
    John says:

    I followed the cook time of this recipe and the ribs were kinda tough. Definitely not fall off the bone. Maybe I need to pressure cook for longer than 25 minutes. Might try again when I’m in a hurry but not anytime soon.

  28. Hutto275
    Hutto275 says:

    After reading previous reviews, we cooked ribs on your high pressure for 35 minutes. After that, we basted them with barbecue sauce and broiled for about eight or 10 minutes. Extraordinary results! A literally falling off the bone!

  29. Jaxbell
    Jaxbell says:

    Everyone loved the ribs. The meat melt in the mouth and bone fell off.

    I add 10 minutes to cokking time because I made more that what the receipt called for. What can I say, I had a lot of mouth to feeed.

    Everyone said it one to redo.

  30. Ginacachia
    Ginacachia says:

    Is it me but it says put time to manual!! Wheres manual button??? It says put in oven but at what tempurature!???

  31. Rhubble
    Rhubble says:

    Just did these last night. Fall off the bone tender aftet finishing under the broiler. If it wasn’t so cold out, charring a bit of sauce on the BBQ would have been even better. Will be my go to method from here on!

  32. Sara Ward
    Sara Ward says:

    This was my first time using the Instant Pot. Everyone loved this recipe. The meat really did fall off the bone. I cooked it on Manual for 25 min, let sit for 5 minutes and then broiled with BBQ sauce. This will be my go to recipe. I may try a few different rubs but I love the POT. Ribs in 45 minutes, awesome!

  33. SpencerRiley
    SpencerRiley says:

    Just excellent, we used beef ribs and they were great. Such an easy recipe and will be on our go to list for some time.

  34. Tim
    Tim says:

    I cut the apple juice down to 1/2 cup, and add 1/2 cup of Bullitt Bourbon, along with a splash of Jack Daniel’s Honey Liqueur. I also use a dry rub on the ribs, recipe is usually 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar, 1 Tbsp Black Pepper, 1/2Tbsp of Kosher Salt, and then whatever spices you prefer….I use a southern style rib rub (from Bulk Barn), Garlic spread powder, BBQ seasoning(Bulk Barn)

  35. ScoobyBTP22-
    ScoobyBTP22- says:

    I followed the recipe using both beef and pork ribs in the same pot.

    The results were great.

  36. Bobby O
    Bobby O says:

    Took the membrane off the back of the rids. Use salt, pepper, rubbed on a little brown sugar and brushed with BBQ sauce (The Shed – Sweet and Tangy). Used water and stood the ribs up wrapped in a circle on the trivet to keep out of the water. Finished on the grill – med-high. Brushed on sauce. 5 mins top side down, turned over brushed on a bit more sauce on top. 10 mins bottom side down. Off the bone yummy! Nice easy recipe that can be tweaked. Next time I’ll try the apple juice. And I look forward to trying The Shed’s Spicy Mustard and Southern Sweet sauces.

  37. John
    John says:

    I used apple juice and a few drops of liquid smoke. These ribs were ok but the thicker ones were not fall off the bone and needed more cooking time. The flavor just wasn’t there compared to a pellet grill. Maybe I’ll try smoking the rack for 3 hrs then put them in the IP for 40m.

  38. Valerie
    Valerie says:

    I went ahead and make this 51/2 hrs. Slow Cooking at med.
    I also added sliced pineapple with 100% juice, Serache sauce, chopped fresh gingeroot/garlic/onion, and organic apple cider vinegar.

  39. Cjposey
    Cjposey says:

    Super easy and delicious! We grilled ours once it came out of the instant pot. Left it for about 15 minutes and it gets good and crispy on the outside!

  40. Chris B.
    Chris B. says:

    Wow! Thanks for the great, and simple recipe! Made it tonight for my room-mate and his girlfriend. Everybody loved it!

  41. Milkmilk
    Milkmilk says:

    Pressure cooked them 25 minutes. I put about one cup bbq sauce on them after the pressure cooking time. Put them in oven 450 degree about 10 min. They were dry.

  42. Dswanson
    Dswanson says:

    The ribs were undeniably the best i have ever made. I look forward to making them again. Fall off the bone deliciousness!

  43. Tmac1024
    Tmac1024 says:

    Made it, loved it, favorited it! Followed recipe exactly, only did 5 mins in broiler, but did have to throw a thicker section back in the brouler for another 5 mins and were perfect! Literally fall- off- the- bone!

  44. wlyman
    wlyman says:

    I used 2.8 lbs St. Louis Style BBQ ribs but other than that I followed everything pretty close and they came out wonderfully in the 6 qt Instant Pot. Great recipe thanks for sharing!

  45. Mrsw4212
    Mrsw4212 says:

    Made this last night. Five minutes on a cookie sheet on the grill at 450 degrees to finish it. Absolutely no leftovers between my husband, me, and three kids ages six and under.

    DELICIOUS. We used sweet baby ray’s hickory and brown sugar bbq sauce.

  46. Tj.mccurdy
    Tj.mccurdy says:

    Just made these tonight. Followed the directions to the T. The ribs were on the tougher side. It was only my first time using the instant pot though, so ill chalk it up as possibly user error lol.

  47. BenKozich
    BenKozich says:

    Meat fell off the bone but was tough. Used 1 cup of apple cider vs apple juice and 2 racks of pork ribs in 8qt Instant Pot.

  48. GreenAdam
    GreenAdam says:

    The title says it all – they really were fall off the bone delicious in only 30 minutes! Trust me – will be making these again.

  49. Adrienne Hamilton
    Adrienne Hamilton says:

    Made this tonight but I used coke instead of apple juice. Turned out amazing! Will definitely be making this again.

  50. ellisstoon
    ellisstoon says:

    Really good!
    Put a spicy rub on beforehand for 30 mins (2 large racks, not baby), used the IP metal rack and sub’d lager beer for the apple juice. Definitely a keeper recipe ! Keep in mind that the finished product is only as good as the bbq sauce.

  51. Cooks7
    Cooks7 says:

    Super easy but tweaked just a bit.
    Had 2 racks if ribs. Rubbed with own brown sugar/spice mix, along with some chili powder and a little red flakes for some zip. Both racks in instant pot for 40 minutes.
    Placed on sheet pan and glazed with sweet and tangy sauce. Under HIGH broil for 7 minutes then glazed again and put under LOW broil for another 3 minutes.

  52. SuneeSequim
    SuneeSequim says:

    Good and easy

    To: mssqueenb – I have to thaw my ribs. You curl the slab around the inside of the inner pot.

  53. Laura
    Laura says:

    Loved this! My husband uses apple juice for basting while smoking his ribs, so adding it to the InstaPot was a novel idea! I also love caramelizing the bbq sauce for some extra sweetness!

  54. AZGirl
    AZGirl says:

    My first Instant Pot recipe and the ribs were fall off the bone as promised. My husband is a sous chef and he was impressed too. I would lije to know how many pounds = how long to cook. I lthe 2nd time I made almost six pounds in a 6 qt pot. I guessed at 45 mins n they were awesoe

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    Eneida Tertinek says:

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  56. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    what can i substitute for the apple juice? water? liquid smoke? i am eliminating suger and apple juice has too many grams of sugar.

  57. mschlechty
    mschlechty says:

    Cooked in PC for 30mins. Natural release for 10mins. Under Broiler for 5mins. Perfect!

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