You can make really good barbecued ribs in about an hour using your Instant Pot to cook the ribs, and a gas grill or your oven to brown them. Some people have suggested using cider or apple juice as the cooking liquid in the Instant Pot pressure cooker, but we never found it made much different. Instead, we use a couple of aromatic spices added to the cooking water: garlic and bay leaves.
Barbecue aficionados frown on cooking the ribs until they fall off the bone. They should be cooked but cohesive.
- 1 rack baby back pork ribs, cut in half
- 1 cup water
- 2 garlic cloves, mashed
- 2 bay leaves
- Place the ingredients in the Instant Pot, seal and cook on Manual for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat your gas grill on high
- Release the pressure and take the ribs out and put on a platter to carry to your barbecue grill. Or, place them on a foil lined cookie sheet to put in the oven.
Using a gas grill
- Turn the middle burner off, and turn the outer 2 burners to medium. Lay the ribs on the grill over the middle section, and brush with your favorite barbecue sauce.
- After 15 minutes, turn, and brush the other side.
- Cook about another 15 minutes, or until the sauce begins to caramelize.
Using your oven
- Preheat the oven to 375˚
- Brush the top of the ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce and cook for 15 minutes,
- Turn, brush the other side and cook for about 15 minutes.
- If the sauce hasn’t become bubbly, put under the broiler for 5 more minutes.
Cut the ribs apart and serve on a platter. (See above.)
Don’t worry about buying too much pork. You can probably do 2 racks at a time if you wanted. And once it is cooled, refrigerate it. The next day, just cut off the pork and cut it up a bit. It makes great pulled pork sandwiches. Just put some on a bun, add some barbecue sauce and heat it up for 30 seconds in the microwave.