Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs – Dry-Rubbed

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs – Dry-Rubbed

I don’t usually eat my ribs without sauce. Really almost never. But every now and then we give up sugar in our diets for a short season, like now. So I decided to develop a seasoning blend that would make ribs tasty even without the sugar. Not sure if you’re aware or not, but pretty much every rib rub and sauce are packed full of sugar! Well, this Instant Pot baby back ribs recipe leaves out the sugar but remains interesting enough to even be eaten without the sauce. At least I think so.

 

dry-rubbed sliced baby back ribs on white plate

 

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The Process

seasoning in small metal bowl

Add all spices to a small bowl…

 

spice blend in metal bowl with whisk

…and combine well.

 

peeling membrane off baby back ribs on white cutting board

Using a knife…

 

peeling membrane off baby back ribs on white cutting board

…remove the silver skin membrane on the bone side of the ribs.

 

seasoned baby back ribs on white cutting board

Liberally season ribs with seasoning mix…

 

seasoned baby back ribs on white cutting board

…on both sides.

 

apple cider in Instant Pot with trivet

Add one cup of apple cider to pot, along with trivet.

 

uncooked baby back ribs in Instant Pot

Place both racks of ribs on top of trivet. Lock lid and cook for 20 minutes at high pressure.

 

cooked baby back ribs in Instant Pot

Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally (will take about 25 minutes.)

 

cooked baby back ribs on baking sheet

Transfer ribs to baking sheet…

 

cooked baby back ribs on baking sheet in oven

…and place under high broiler for 5-7 minutes, until desired char is achieved. Watch closely to prevent burning.

 

And this is the AMAZING Result…

dry-rubbed sliced baby back ribs on white plate

 

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dry-rubbed baby back ribs on wood cutting board

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs - Dry-Rubbed

Flavorful spice blend, tender ribs, and no sugar!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 89kcal
Author: The Foodie Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. all spice
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • 1 cup apple cider

Instructions

  • Add all spices to a small bowl and combine well.
  • Using a knife, remove the silver skin membrane on the bone side of the ribs.
  • Liberally season ribs with seasoning mix on both sides. 
  • Add one cup of apple cider to pot, along with trivet. Place both racks of ribs on top of trivet. Lock lid and cook for 20 minutes at high pressure.
  • Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally (will take about 25 minutes.)
  • Transfer ribs to baking sheet and place under high broiler for 5-7 minutes, until desired char is achieved. Watch closely to prevent burning.

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 113mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.4mg

 

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Erin
    January 20, 2019 at 7:00 am

    5 stars
    These ribs are pretty amazing! They were falling apart when I removed the from the IP. Broiling to caramelize them in the oven is key and the flavor was restaurant quality. I doubled the garlic and onion powder. Flavor is reminiscent of Chinese 5 Spice. I bet that would be pretty great on them, too! This is my first recipe from The Foodie Eats and no I’m looking at all of the other Whole30 recipes. Keep up the great work!

  • Reply
    Josie
    February 3, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    5 stars
    Made these tonight and it was a hit! Only made one rack. Cooked 20 min and they were falling off the bone, tender, and juicy. Next time, I will reduce a minute or two and maybe increase the salt a bit. Please give these yummy ribs a try. You won’t be sorry.

    • Reply
      Gary
      February 3, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      Glad they were a hit!

  • Reply
    Judy
    February 22, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    What kind of ribs did you use? Beef or Pork? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Gary
      February 23, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      Anytime you see “baby back ribs” it’s referring to pork. 🙂

  • Reply
    Judy
    February 23, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks so much- I did not know that. These are on my list to make. Appreciate you getting back with me.

    • Reply
      Gary
      February 24, 2019 at 9:39 am

      You’re welcome! 🙂

      • Reply
        Rana
        February 25, 2019 at 5:01 pm

        Was it apple cider or apple cider vinegar?

        • Reply
          Gary
          February 25, 2019 at 9:42 pm

          Apple cider, not apple cider vinegar. Our grocery store carries it year round. We find it near the OJ.

  • Reply
    Debbie Rawls
    March 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    5 stars
    I cooked these for my hubby’s birthday and they’re amazing, he loved them. Was so happy to see I could use my IP to make these in a short time but taste like they was slow cooked on the grill. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Gary
      March 2, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      Glad they were a hit!

  • Reply
    TK
    March 3, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I want to try these. Is there a substitute that would work instead of the apple cider!!

    • Reply
      Gary
      March 4, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      Apple juice, water or broth would work.

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    September 8, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    5 stars
    I used beef baby back ribs instead of pork and they were amazing. Had the taste of shirt ribs once they were finished. I did add bbq sauce on them before I placed them under the broiler. Definitely delicious!!!

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