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Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs

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Have you ever tried cooking ribs in a pressure cooker? We just tried cooking ribs using a pressure cooker and the ribs were delicious and ready for dinner in under an hour.

I’ve cooked ribs before but the old process took a long time. I’d first boil the ribs which would make them tender, then move them to either the grill or oven to finish the cooking process adding seasoning and sauce before they were done. The pressure cooker method cuts the time in half without sacrificing quality taste with ribs.

Let me show you the process of cooking ribs in the pressure cooker.

A few things to note about this post and the pressure cooker I am using.

My pressure cooker is a 6 qt. Insignia pressure cooker. I’ve used it to cook things like steamed spaghetti squash, bbq meatballs, rice and italian chicken. It works well, is easy to use and has the same settings as other name brand pressure cookers.

You will need the following items to complete this recipe.

  • a 6 qt. or larger pressure cooker
  • one rack of pork or beef ribs
  • a pressure cooker trivet or steamer basket
  • Tone’s Chicken Base + 2 cups water
  • garlic salt
  • salt & pepper
  • your favorite BBQ sauce ( we love Sonny’s Sweet BBQ sauce or Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ sauce)

Let’s cook some ribs!

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Step 1: Remove the membrane from the back of the rack of ribs.

The membrane is that filmy skin on the back side of the ribs. It holds the ribs together and if left on becomes tough and chewy once cooked so it has to come off. Grab a fork or sharp knife and start at one end. Once you get one side loose you should be able to peel the membrane off in a few pieces and throw it out.

Step 2: Prepare the chicken base to go in the pressure cooker.

Here is the secret to my ribs. I flavor the liquid + the ribs and they always come out delicious. Even when I was boiling them on the stove I was flavoring the liquid so it cooks in to the meat. In this recipe I am using 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of Tone’s Chicken Base in 2 cups water. You have to start a rapid boil before you add the Tone’s Chicken Base. I do this in a small pot and pour the liquid in the bottom of my pressure cooker before adding the ribs otherwise pouring the liquid over the ribs will rinse off the salt, pepper and garlic salt that comes in the next step.

Step 3: Add garlic salt, salt and pepper before ribs go in the pressure cooker.

I can’t give you measurements here because I don’t use measurements. I evenly salt and pepper the ribs on both front and back and pat the ribs. Then evenly cover with garlic salt. On estimate I probably use about a 3 tablespoons of garlic salt to cover a full rack of ribs before adding to the pressure cooker.

Step 4: Cut rack of ribs to fit in pressure cooker.

I’m using a small steam basket in this picture that collapses in the pressure cooker. This lifts the ribs above the chicken base liquid we added to the pressure cooker in a previous step. My pressure cooker came with a small trivet but the steam basket works better for ribs.

Step 5: Use the manual setting and set to high pressure for 25-35 minutes.

If your ribs are thinner you will want to stick to a cook time between 16-25 minutes. My ribs were super thick so I needed to bump up the cook time which made them super tender.

I can’t stress this enough. Check the vent setting BEFORE you put the top on your pressure cooker. I can’t tell you how many times I thought I moved the vent to Sealing when it was on Venting and liquid came out of the vent. Too many times which is why I am sharing this life lesson with you to check the lid before you put it on!

Now, your liquid is in the bottom of the pressure cooker. Ribs have been added to steamer basket. Lid is on and time is set and you’ve hit start on the cooking process.

Step 6: Ribs are done! Now time to take them out, add sauce or throw them on the grill for a few minutes.

Your pressure cooker will beep when it has reached pressure and is done cooking. I used a quick release to release the steam so I could take them out and stop the cooking process. Make sure to put a wet rag over the vent before doing the quick release. It helps to avoid a burn from the steam and a wet rag stays on the vent where as a dry one gets blown off. Another life lesson from The Hot Mess Kitchen.

Now, how you finish your ribs is up to you. On busy weeknights I slap on some sauce and serve them up. On weekends I will take them out of the pressure cooker, add more dry seasoning and sauce and let them sit on a hot grill for about 7-8 more minutes before serving. Either way produces a delicious sticky rack of ribs ready for dinner time.

This is just one of many ways we cook ribs and I hope you enjoy my recipe. Leave a comment below if you’ve tried it and let me know if you season them differently before cooking your ribs in a pressure cooker.


Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs

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Have you ever tried cooking ribs in a pressure cooker? We just tried cooking ribs using a pressure cooker and the ribs were delicious and ready for dinner in under an hour.
I’ve cooked ribs before but the old process took a long time. I’d first boil the ribs which would make them tender, then move them to either the grill or oven to finish the cooking process adding seasoning and sauce before they were done. The pressure cooker method cuts the time in half without sacrificing quality taste with ribs.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:35 mins
Total Time:45 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 rack pork or beef ribs
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tone’s Chicken Base
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons garlic salt for seasoning
  • 2 cups your favorite BBQ sauce

Instructions

  • Step 1: Remove the membrane from the back of the rack of ribs.
  • Step 2: Prepare the chicken base to go in the pressure cooker.
  • Step 3: Add garlic salt, salt and pepper before ribs go in the pressure cooker.
  • Step 4: Add your Tone’s Chicken base to the bottom of the pressure cooker and then add trivet or steaming basket.  Cut rack of ribs to fit in pressure cooker.
  • Step 5: Use the manual setting and set to high pressure for 25-35 minutes.
    If your ribs are thinner you will want to stick to a cook time between 16-25 minutes. My ribs were super thick so I needed to bump up the cook time which made them super tender.
  • Step 6: Ribs are done! Now time to take them out, add sauce or throw them on the grill for a few minutes.

Notes

You will need the following items to complete this recipe.
  • a 6 qt. or larger pressure cooker
  • one rack of pork or beef ribs
  • a pressure cooker trivet or steamer basket
  • Tone’s Chicken Base + 2 cups water
  • garlic salt
  • salt & pepper
  • your favorite BBQ sauce ( we love Sonny’s Sweet BBQ sauce or Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ sauce)
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Ribs, Pressure Cooker, Ribs
Servings: 4 people
Author: The Hot Mess Kitchen

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