Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

I am sharing this recipe I found on The Real Dietitians Blog.  These sound delicious and I can’t wain to get home and give them a try.  🙂  This is a Paleo Whole 30 compliant recipe.

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
The Real Food Dietitians


Prep time:  10 mins  Cook time: 40 mins  Total time:  50 mins  Serves: 4

Author:  The Real Food Dietitians


  • 3 – 3 ½ lb. baby back ribs, cut into 3 equal sections
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • Whole30-compliant BBQ sauce such as Tessemae’s or Peach BBQ Sauce

Spice rub:

  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper



  • First combine ingredients for spice rub.


  1. Cut ribs into 3 equal sections then rub each section with the spice rub.
  2. Place metal rack into the bottom of the Instant Pot insert.
  3. Add water or broth.
  4. Arrange ribs into a teepee or pyramid.
  5. Place lid on Instant Pot and lock into place.
  6. Flip valve to ‘Sealing’ position.
  7. Select ‘Manual’ setting (30 minutes).
  8. When cooking time is up, quick release the pressure by flipping the valve to ‘Venting’ position.
  9. Remove ribs from Instant Pot and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  10. Preheat broiler to medium-high heat. Brush ribs with barbecue sauce on both sides.
  11. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and slightly caramelized.
  12. Cut into individual ribs for serving.



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