Pressure Cooker Ribs

Pressure Cooker Ribs

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
Ribs are so tender, flavorful, and delicious, and it only takes about 1 hour of cooking It may seem sacrilegious for a pitmaster. Still, when you need to feed guests and only have about an hour before they arrive, it is awesome. Your guests will never know that you did not go traditional!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course BBQ, Game Day, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 223 kcal


  • 1 Pressure Cooker


  • 2 racks pork ribs *see note below
  • 3 tbsp BDC Rub –
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup apple juice or ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke optional*
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce homemade or store-bought (*see note)


  • Remove membranes from the back of ribs, if needed.
  • Rubs seasonings over both sides of ribs.
  • Place wire trivet rack in the bottom of the pressure cooker..
  • Add water, apple juice (or apple cider vinegar) and liquid smoke (optional, but recommended for that great smokey flavor).
  • Place the ribs upright, with the meat side facing out. If you’re using one large rack of ribs, then circle them around the pot.
  • Secure lid and close vent.
  • Pressure cook on high pressure for 27 minutes.
  • When the timer beeps, allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 min, then turn the valve to quick release.
  • Carefully remove ribs to a large, foil-lined baking sheet and slather them in BBQ sauce.
  • Optional: broil them in the oven for 2-3 minutes to caramelize the bbq sauce.


*For spare ribs, add 5-10 minutes to the cooking time (high number for higher altitudes and very “fall-off-the-bone” ribs, lower number for lower altitude and tender ribs).
*For the BBQ sauce I prefer Sweet Baby Ray’s original or Honey BBQ.


Calories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 19gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 148mgPotassium: 311mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 1207IUVitamin C: 0.03mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 2mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mgZinc: 3mg
Keyword BBQ, Game Day, Glaze, Gluten Free, Pork, Pressure Cooker
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