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Instant Pot® Sweet Baby Back Ribs

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"Tender, sweet, and sticky baby back ribs that only take 1 hour from prep to plate. If you like them with a little spice, add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the dry rub. I make this in my 8-quart Instant Pot® Duo; a 6-quart pot may require less liquid."
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1 h 15 m servings 385
Original recipe yields 8 servings (2 racks of ribs)


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  1. Use a butter knife to cut into an edge of the rib racks. Use a paper towel to grab and lift off the silvery membranes.
  2. Combine brown sugar, garlic salt, chili powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in bowl. Coat the ribs generously with the dry rub.
  3. Place the trivet inside the Instant Pot(R). Pour in broth, root beer, vinegar, and liquid smoke. Place ribs on the trivet on their sides, with one inside the other. Close and lock the lid and make sure the vent is sealed. Select manual high pressure and set the timer for 30 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  4. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions for 15 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.
  5. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler on the highest heat setting. Place a rack 6 inches from the heat source.
  6. Transfer ribs to a broiling pan and generously coat with barbecue sauce.
  7. Cook in the broiler until barbeque sauce is bubbly and caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 385 calories; 23.1 24.8 18.8 88 1911 Full nutrition

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These were so good and tender! A favorite recipe I will use again!

It was very tender. Almost too tender. Taste was good but I’ll need to tweak it a bit for my family. Overall it was an A+

This is super easy, super quick, and falls off the bone. First go around I did 30 minutes and it was super tender. I just did it today and did 35 minutes. It is falling apart and super tender...

Very tender and juicy. I did not have root beer and used more beef stock. I also only cooked one rack of ribs. I placed the ribs on a baking pan in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes after applyin...

Are these spicy? We cant do spicy.