Instant Pot Ribs Juicy, tender, full of flavor, ribs in about an hour! Instant Pot ribs cannot be beat! Serve them with my chipotle lime slaw for the best weeknight meal!

BBQ ribs on a sheet pan with sauce

BBQ Instant Pot Ribs and low carb slaw are one of my most favorite dinners. The combination of the slaw and the barbecue sauce is one of the best bites in the world, in my humble opinion.

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I love making instant pot ribs! They were actually the first thing that I made in my instant pot back when I got it last year.  They are absolutely amazing and you will never have ribs as tender as these.  The second thing I made was Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs!

I don’t miss the smoke flavor in these Instant Pot ribs that I would get from a smoker.  I also don’t miss the all day affair that is smoking ribs.  But, you can definitely put these in the smoker for a short time to give them that smoky flavor.

Whenever I pick up any barbecue sauce on the shelf these days, they are loaded with so many carbs!  I chose to make my own because, 1. It was easy and 2. I had all of the  ingredients on hand.

If you don’t feel like making your own sauce, there are lots of options out there for sugar-free sauces.  This barbecue sauce is not as sticky sweet as the ones that you fine on the shelf but, I like that you can actually taste other flavors than just sticky sweet.

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The rub I used for my Instant Pot ribs is this one right here.  You can find it at Sam’s Club for much cheaper.  I really like it because it is low in carbs but adds a lot of flavor. You could definitely make your own but since I was making my own barbecue sauce I decided to take the easy route on the rub.

One thing I am really loving right now are Primal Kitchen products.  I love their ranch dressing, avocado oil, mayo, chipotle lime mayo…pretty much anything they make, lol!  I used the chipotle lime mayo to make my slaw.  I would normally never buy anything “chipotle” because I am a weenie when it comes to spicy foods.  This mayo only has a little bit of spice which I really like!



Instant Pot Ribs

Juicy, tender, full of flavor, ribs in about an hour! Instant Pot ribs cannot be beat! Serve them with my chipotle lime slaw for the best weeknight meal! 
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 400kcal


for the Ribs

  • 1 rack pork back ribs
  • BBQ dry rub
  • 1 cup water

for the sauce

for the slaw


  • Remove the silver skin from the back side of the ribs
  • sprinkle dry rub all over ribs and rub in
  • add 1 cup of water to Instant Pot and add trivet
  • place ribs in Instant Pot on top of trivet
  • close lid and set to sealing
  • set timer to manual 35 minutes
  • allow for 10 minute natural pressure release when cooking time is done
  • release the rest of the pressure via "quick release"
  • combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl or mason jar and whisk to combine
  • combine all of the slaw ingredients in a medium size bowl


Calories: 400kcal
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    • Jamie
    • December 17, 2018

    Once I make the sauce what do I do with it?

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 17, 2018

      Serve it with the ribs as a BBQ sauce

    • Barry
    • February 26, 2018

    Hi Jen!

    I looked through the recipe index for the chipotle lime slaw but no luck. Can you point me in the right direction?

      • jenniferbanz
      • February 26, 2018

      Hi Barry! It’s in the recipe card above with the ribs

    • Bethany
    • October 25, 2017

    I don’t have an instant pot or pressure cooker and was wondering about the timing for the ribs either in the over or a slow cooker. Can you give advice on that?

    Thank you

      • jenniferbanz
      • October 25, 2017

      You could do high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours in the slow cooker ?

        • Bethany
        • October 25, 2017

        Thank you

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