Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs
Pork for the New Year’s! Here’s how I make Baby Back Ribs in about an hour in my pressure cooker.
And…this is where I have to put in all the disclaimers, to keep the Barbecue Fanatics from astroturfing me. I know this is not real barbecue. I love real barbecue, and cook it whenever I can. These are not real barbecue – but that’s OK. The pressure cooker turns ribs into a weeknight meal, not just an all-day affair on a lazy summer weekend. These are just good ribs, tender and falling off the bone.
There aren’t many tricks to this recipe. Season a slab of ribs, cut it into pieces so it will fit in the pressure cooker, add a half a cup of water, and pressure cook until tender. The only tricky part is peeling the membrane from the bony side of the ribs; you can skip this step, but the membrane will never get tender – it is a chewy piece of gristle. Once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll get the hang of the gentle but firm pull that peels the membrane off instead of ripping it. Until then, just keep working at it, lifting it away from the bone with a dull butter knife, then grabbing it with a paper towel and pulling.
Also, if you’re really in a hurry, you can skip the broiling step – the ribs are done and ready to eat straight out of the pressure cooker. But, I think it’s worth the extra five minutes. A quick run under the broiler thickens up the sauce and gives it an extra layer of flavor.
One other opinion, then we’ll get to the recipe – liquid smoke. A lot of pressure cooker ribs recipes include a splash or two in the cooking water. I’ve never liked the flavor of liquid smoke; I’ll save wood smoke for my real deal ribs. Between the rich pork, the rub, and the barbecue sauce, these ribs are loaded with flavor, and don’t need the extra help.
Video: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs – Time Lapse [YouTube.com]
Recipe: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs
Adapted from: Ribs in the Pressure Cooker [NPR.org]
- 6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I love my 6 quart Instant Pot)
- Butter knife and paper towels (for peeling the membrane)
- Rimmed baking sheet (for broiling the ribs)
What do you think?
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