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Instant Pot Ribs with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Fall-off-the-bone delicious Instant Pot ribs in under an hour?! It’s possible! You don’t have to fire up your grill or smoker to enjoy a rack of succulent baby back ribs - and the results are just as amazing thanks to an easy sweet and smoky bourbon barbecue sauce.


Serves 2     adjust servings

Preparation 5m Cook Time 50m Total Time


  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup BBQ meat rub
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce


  1. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs and cut the rack into 4 equal pieces. Season generously with salt, pepper, and/or your favorite rub.
  2. Place the ribs into pressure cooker. Add beef stock and liquid smoke (if using). Secure the lid and select Manual, cooking on high pressure for 25 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release, about 10 minutes, then open the vent at the top and remove the lid. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. In a bowl, add bourbon and barbecue sauce. Whisk well to combine.
  4. Transfer cooked ribs to a large baking sheet. Brush bourbon-barbecue sauce all over the baby back ribs on all sides, including the bones. Bake for 6 minutes on each side, or until the sauce caramelizes. Brush remaining sauce on ribs before serving.


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