Easy Pressure Cooker Spare Ribs that are impressively fall-off the bone tender. Juicy ribs that are packed with flavor and the ideal instant pot recipe.
Pressure cooker spare ribs / Instant pot spare ribs
It's the fastest way to cook spare ribs and as much as I love oven roasting this method takes just a few minutes for you to be completely blown away by the taste of the sauce the tender meat! I
Start with prepping the ribs
- Rinse the ribs and shake dry
- Place on a baking tray and pat them dry properly, both sides
- Season with salt and pepper
- Rub the Spices onto the ribs (there's barely any meat underneath but I still spice and season them underneath as well, just less than the top.
- Pour the liquid and water into the pressure cooker
- Fit the ribs into the pressure cooker on top of the rack if you have a rack otherwise simply place them in. Lay the ribs flat in an upwards position. You can get 2 rib racks in this way. Or you can cut them (but I like to leave them full for presentation purposes 🙂
- Put the lid on and allow the pressure cooker to create tender food miracles for you!
Removing the membrane is something that needs to be done before you prepare and cook the ribs. That's if you are going to be doing that because not everyone removes it. I always remove the membrane for a few reasons but I know that when my husband prepares the ribs he doesn't believe in removing the membrane.
Here's the thing, he believes that the membrane is there to hold the ribs in tact, together and yes I believe he is right because my ribs are always fall of the bone tender, and then fall apart tender so maybe the fall apart is because they are minus the membrane! Who knows, but let me just say that it's worth it for the tenderness that follows as these ribs are definitely fall-apart, fall-off-the-he bone. There are never any ribs left over in our house, never. I also tend to think that without the membrane the sauce gets into every little crack and this deepens the flavor,
How to remove the membrane
Starting at the one end of the rack of ribs, slide a blunt knife under the membrane (there's a think white layer covering the meat, that's the membrane). Lift the membrane away and this might take you a hot minute to find the perfect place to slide in your knife because some cuts can be quite tightly woven. Don't panic because once your knife finds a comfortable place between the meat and the membrane, just tear it away and discard.
How long do spare ribs cook for in the pressure cooker?
These spare ribs cooked for 30 minutes and once done, were left in the pressure cooker for a natural release. When you allow the pressure cooker to release heat and cool down at it's own pace this method also helps for a tender fall of the bone meat. In the same way the cooker cooked the food, we must wait for it to completely finish for the perfect bite.
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A few simple steps to the most delicious spare ribs!
- Pat dry
- Remove the membrane
- Season and Spice dry rub
- Coat with braai sauce
- Get them inside the pressure cooker to cook
- When they are done, baste again and then grill for a few minutes
- See the full recipe card below.
Ingredients for pressure cooker spare ribs
- Homemade Braai Sauce
- Pork Spare Ribs
- Salt & Pepper Seasoning
- Involtini Meat Seasoning
- Paprika Dry Rub
- Liquid Smoke -Because we are not oven baking the ribs they are not going to get that 'baked in the oven' flavor the liquid smoke helps to give that oven smoked flavor.
Once your spare ribs are cooked, remove them from the pressure cooker and place them into the oven tray to grill for a lovely finish. Don't leave them long just a couple of minutes but keep checking them because the sauce can burn very quickly.
This homemade braai sauce is quite simply unbelievably delicious! You will either keep licking the spoon or find another recipe to use it in.
Storage and reheating
If you have any left don't worry, you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 or days. When you want to reheat, place the ribs in a container in an oven safe dish, cover them with alluminium foil and bake (160C) until warm enought to serve.
What to serve with ribs?
- Crispy Baked Hasselback Potatoes
- Mediterranean Farfalle Salad
- Buttery Mashed Potatoes, Instant Pot
- Crispy Spicy Baked Potato Wedges
- Red Cabbage Salad
- Red Cabbage And Corn Salad
More IP Recipes
- Instant Pot Gammon
- Instant Pot Lamb Shanks In A Rich Red Wine Sauce
- Buttery Mashed Potatoes, Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Beef Stew
Watch how to make them
Pressure Cooker Spare Ribs (Instant Pot)
- 2 racks of spareribs or baby back ribs
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 to 3 drops liquid smoke (optional for smoky flavor)
- Rinse the ribs, shake and pat dry on both sides.
- To remove the membrane do the following;Place the ribs meat side down on a cutting board and use a blunt table knife to get between the membrane and the ribs. Loosen it, pull the membrane away from you and discard. Do both the racks.
- Place the ribs into an oven tray and pour the braai sauce over the ribs making sure they are well covered. Don't wash the tray! We will use it to grill the ribs later.
- Add the liquid smoke to the water and pour it into the pressure cooker. Place the wire rack (if your pressure cooker came with one) into the bottom. Place the seasoned sauce coated ribs into the pressure cooker into a fold again the pot fashion so that they can fit and we don't have to cut them.Put the lid on and seal the pressure cooker.
- Set the pressure for 30 minutes (manual high). Halfway through the ribs being cooked make sure to heat the grill part of your oven.
- When the pressure cooker is finished allow the pressure to release naturally for about 15 minutes. Open the vent slowly so that the rest of the pressure can be released. They are ready to come out. Remove the spare ribs carefully as they will fall apart and you want them to still stay together for the sauce! Otherwise you have bones one side and meat one side.
- Place the cooked spare ribs into same baking tray we used earlier and pour some of the remaining sauce over the ribs. You can use the remaining sauce to serve as a dipping sauce. The amount of the sauce you use to coat them before they go into the oven is up to you.
- Grill the ribs for about 2 to 4 minutes but watch them very carefully because the sauce will burn so quick! You may even need just 2 to 3 minutes, just watch them.