There is nothing better than Instant Pot Ribs! These pork ribs are covered in espresso ribs then cooked until tender! Smother your ribs with sauce or leave them as is!
Which Pork Ribs Are The Best?
This is the best place to start with a rib recipe is to talk about which ribs will work the best. Pork ribs come in two varieties: Spareribs and Back or Baby Back Ribs. Spareribs are meatier and fattier as they come from the belly area. They are generally thicker and juicier than their counterparts, but they can take longer to prepare as well.
Baby back ribs are cut along the spine so they may not have as much fat or meat but they are extra tender, they often cook quicker. Either rib selection can be flavored with rub or sauce. They can be grilled, cooked in the oven, or cooked up nice and quick in the Instant Pot!
What To Season Pork Ribs?
There are numerous ways to season pork ribs. You could use a BBQ rub, make your own or just use only salt and pepper. I made my own seasoning rub for these ribs. I combined Private Selection Espresso Coffee Seasoning Rub, brown sugar and salt. I used my Instant Pot to do the bulk of the cooking with these ribs, afterward, I placed them in the oven just to seal in brushed on Private Selection Hot Huli Huli & Rum BBQ sauce. Huli huli sauce is most often paired with chicken, but it works just as well with pork. Besides the rum infused bbq sauce is a wonderful compliment for the bold, slightly smoked flavor of the rubbed ribs.
How To Make Ribs In The Instant Pot
Often, racks of ribs will have a silver skin or a membrane on the back side of the ribs, Gently take a knife and remove that membrane. Assemble your seasoning in a small bowl, then rub the seasoning all over the ribs.
Set the rack on the bottom of the Instant Pot and add water and chicken broth. Arrange the ribs in a circle pattern in the pot, making sure that the meat faces out. Cook the ribs on manual on high for 20 minutes for baby back ribs or 30 minutes for spare ribs. The cooker should take about 15 minutes to come to pressure.
After the cook time is release the pressure using the release valve and using tongs, transfer the ribs to a foil-lined baking sheet. If basting with sauce, brush the sauce over the ribs and broil for 5 minutes or until the sauce has set. Alternatively, remove the ribs and serve them with the Huli Huli sauce on the side.
These Instant Pot Ribs are tender, spicy and quite literally finger licking good! Love this game day recipe? Try these Dry Rub Chicken Wings, Mexican Street Corn Flatbread Pizza or any of these game day recipes!
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- 2 rack of ribs about 2lbs ( I used spare ribs)
- 2 tablespoons Private Selection Espresso Rub
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup chicken broth
- Private Selection Hot Huli Huli & Rum Sauce
To prepare the ribs, remove the membrane from the backs of the ribs with a knife.
In a bowl, combine the espresso rub, brown sugar, and salt in bowl. Generously rub ribs with the spice mixture.
Place water and broth in an Instant Pot that has been fitted with a trivet. Arrange the ribs in a circular pattern with the meat facing the outside.
Cook the ribs on manual for 20 minutes for baby back ribs and 30 for spare ribs. The cooker should take about 15 minutes to come to pressure.
After 20 minutes, quick release the pressure using the valve; using tongs, remove the ribs and place them on a foil lined baking sheet.
Brush Huli Huli sauce over the ribs and broil on low until the sauce is set.
Transfer the ribs to a cutting board to cut. Serve immediately.