Spicy Pressure Cooker Short Ribs


Cooking ribs in the pressure cooker is an easy and fast way to put food on your plate. The heat from this dish is countered very nicely with the sweetness. If you like spicy food, then you will love this recipe! If you aren't too tolerant of spicy foods, I included a slight variation in the notes. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 3 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 8 mins
2 pounds ribs


  • 1 habanero pepper, minced

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (MSG)

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 pounds beef short ribs

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle cola

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider

  • 1 tablespoon raspberry jam

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

  • ½ onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Combine habanero pepper, black pepper, MSG, paprika, and cumin in a bowl. Rub mixture evenly over ribs; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Combine cola, apple cider, jam, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar together in another bowl; stir well.

  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat. Add ribs in batches; cook until browned all all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside. Add onions and garlic to the pot. Cook and stir until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Return ribs to the pot; pour in cola mixture.

  4. Close pot securely and place pressure regulator over vent according to manufacturer's instructions. Bring to high pressure, with rapid steam escaping the cooker, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 30 minutes. Let pressure release naturally according to manufacturer's instructions, about 15 minutes.

  5. Combine water and cornstarch together in a small bowl; mix until cornstarch is dissolved.

  6. Open pot carefully; transfer ribs to a plate. Skim any extra fat off the top of the liquid; drain to remove any solid bits. Return liquid to the pot. Mix in the cornstarch slurry. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat, until boiling. Remove from heat. Add ribs back in and coat in the liquid.

Cook's Notes:

Salt can be substituted for the MSG.

If you don't handle spice very well, feel free to cut back the paprika to 1/2 teaspoon and to omit the habanero. You will still want a little bit of heat while cooking to counter the sweetness from the jam and soda, but cutting it back a bit will still help the flavors come together.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

591 Calories
44g Fat
25g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 591
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 57%
Saturated Fat 18g 89%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 224mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 328mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love