Instant Pot Baby Back Rib Sandwich. Made from a real slab of baby back ribs, and ready in about an hour thanks to pressure cooking.
- 1 meaty slab baby back ribs
- 1½ teaspoons fine sea salt
- 1 cup water (or the minimum liquid amount for your pressure cooker)
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)
Barbecue Rub (2 tablespoons of my Homemade Barbecue Rub), or use your favorite store bought rub
- 3/4 tablespoon paprika
- 3/4 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
Barbecue sauce (1 cup of my Easy Barbecue Sauce), or use your favorite store bought sauce
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Franks Red Hot sauce
- 4 sub rolls
- 1 medium onion, sliced thin
- Pickle chips
- Remove the membrane from the ribs: On the bone side of the ribs, work a butter knife between the membrane and the bone, then grab with a paper towel and pull the membrane off of the ribs. (If it tears while you’re pulling, work the knife under the remaining pieces and pull them off as well.)
- Make the rub and sauce: In a small bowl, stir the barbecue rub ingredients, breaking up any clumps of brown sugar with your fingers. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the barbecue sauce ingredients until smooth. Set aside.
- Season the ribs and put them in the pot: Sprinkle both sides of the ribs with the salt and rub. Cut the ribs into 4 pieces, cutting between every third bone. Pour a cup of water and the liquid smoke into an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker, then add the pressure cooker rack. Stack the ribs on top of the rack.
- Pressure cook the ribs for 30 minutes with a Natural Pressure Release: Lock the lid and pressure cook at high pressure for 30 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric cooker, or for 24 minutes in a stovetop PC. (Use “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot). Let the pressure come down naturally, about 15 more minutes.
- Assemble and serve the rib sandwiches: Unlock the pressure cooker lid, and carefully move the ribs to a cutting board - they are fall-apart tender. Brush the ribs on both side with the barbecue sauce, then set them bone-side up and pull the bones out of the slab, leaving the slab of pork together as much as you can. (Some may just fall apart - that is what fall-apart tender means, after all.) Set the slabs of ribs in the sub rolls, top with sliced onions and pickles, and serve.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Sunday Dinner
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Instant Pot Baby Back Rib Sandwich; Pressure Cooker Baby Back Rib Sandwich