Suzanne’s Pressure Cooker BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Summer dining is all about grilling, and this crowd-pleasing BBQ Baby Back Ribs recipe couldn’t be any simpler.

When you think of Baby Back Ribs, you’re probably thinking about spending 8-10 hours next to a smoker or grill, right? Think again!

With this fool-proof pressure cooker recipe that cooks the ribs quickly in flavorful apple cider and finishes them on the grill, you’ll have mouthwatering, fork tender ribs in no time.

Seriously, thanks to the magic of an Instant Pot or any pressure cooker, you can have a batch of delicious ribs on the table in about 90 minutes.


  • 2-3 racks of Baby Back Ribs
  • 2 cups of good Apple Cider
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Your favorite BBQ Sauce


Pat the ribs dry with paper towels on both sides, and on the “under” side of the ribs, poke and lift the thin silverskin with a knife and peel off with a paper towel, as seen in this youtube video. Removing that thin skin helps the seasoning get into the meat and makes it more tender to eat.

Cut each rack into thirds, about 3-4 ribs per section. Season both sides nicely with salt and pepper, and apply a dry-rub seasoning if you have a favorite.

Stack the rib sections vertically in your pressure cooker, starting at the outside of the pot.

Once all the ribs are in place, pour the apple cider into the center of the ribs without washing off the seasoning.

Seal the pressure cooker and set for 45 minutes. Let the steam release naturally for 10 minutes then quickly release the rest manually.  At this point the meat is cooked, but we need to get these ribs on the grill for the final step!

Transfer the ribs to a medium hot grill and slather both sides with BBQ sauce.

Turn every 3-4 minutes and slather the sauce again each time until it creates a thick, sticky coating after about 15-20 minutes. You should see some appetizing grill marks forming on each section of ribs.

Watch for any hot parts of the grill to prevent charring, and move the ribs around for even cooking.

Once your chargrilled and totally sauced ribs look ready, transfer to a baking sheet, cover with foil and let rest for at least 5-10 minutes. Then slice each section between every rib bone for easy enjoyment!

Serve these succulent BBQ Baby Back Ribs with extra sauce for dipping along with sides like cole slaw, potato salad, deviled eggs or even this delicious Southern Style Mac & Cheese from a family friend.


– Suzanne


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