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Updated: Feb 12, 2022


  • 1 rack baby back ribs or spare ribs

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke

  • 1/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce

  • Use Your Favorite Butt Rub!

How to Make It

  1. Rinse the ribs and pat them dry. If your ribs still have the thin, shiny membrane on the back, remove it.

  2. Put your favorite butt rub all over your ribs, generously coating all sides.

  3. Place the trivet (or rack) in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Pour in the water, apple cider vinegar, and liquid smoke. Place the ribs inside the pot, standing them on the trivet on their side and wrapping the rack around the inside of the pot like a circle.

  4. Cover and seal the Instant Pot. For baby back ribs: Cook on high (manual) pressure for 23 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then vent to release the remaining pressure. For spare ribs: Cook on high for 35 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release completely about 15 minutes.

  5. When done transfer the cooked ribs from the Instant Pot to the foil on a baking sheet, then brush liberally with barbecue sauce. Place in oven on broil just until the sauce begins to caramelized which is about 2-5 minutes.

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