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A two-bone slab of beef ribs on a red plate

Instant Pot Beef Ribs Recipe

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  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 2-bone portions 1x


Instant Pot Beef Ribs. Dinosaur-sized beef back ribs, Texas BBQ Style, fall-off-the-bone tender thanks to pressure cooking in my Instant Pot.


  • 7 to 8 bones of beef back ribs (about 3 pounds), cut into 2-bone pieces
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Ancho chili powder


  1. Season the ribs and put them in the Instant Pot: Mix the salt, pepper, and Ancho chili powder in a small bowl to make a spice rub. Sprinkle both sides of the ribs with the rub. Pour ½ cup of water into an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. Stack the ribs loosely in the pressure cooker, bone side down.
  2. Pressure cook the ribs for 25 minutes with a Natural Pressure Release: Pressure cook on high pressure for 25 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker, or for 20 minutes in a stovetop PC. (Use Manual, Pressure Cook, or Pressure Cook - Custom mode in an Instant Pot.) After the cooking time, let the pressure come down naturally until the pressure valve drops, about 15 more minutes. (You can quick release any remaining pressure after 15 minutes.)
  3. Broil the ribs (optional): Put the ribs bone side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil the ribs on high until the meat starts to crackle and brown, about 5 minutes. (Broilers are all over the place, heat wise, so keep an eye on them.) Remove the ribs from the broiler and serve.


A rack of beef back ribs has 7 bones; it’s fine if cutting into 2-bone pieces leaves one of them as a 1-bone piece. (My local stores stock back ribs in 4-bone packs, so splitting them into 2-bone pieces is easy.)

The ribs are good straight out of the cooker, tender and falling off the bone, but the extra five minutes under the broiler adds a nice, crispy bark to the outside. I don’t skip that step unless I’m in a huge hurry.

If you do want to sauce your ribs, brush the ribs with BBQ sauce right before the broiling step.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Sunday Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American