Instant Pot Beef Ribs

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May 22, 2019

Beef Ribs on dinner plateI often don't make beef ribs at home, because it's time consuming to get it just right; where the meat just falls off the bones. I finally tried making them in my Instant Pot and they were absolutely delicious! Totally beat restaurant ribs in flavour and tenderness.


Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 4 lb bone-in ribs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pt beer
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce of your choice


  1. Rub ribs with salt, pepper, paprika, and onion powder.
  2. rubbing Beef Ribs with spices
  3. Coat with sugar.
  4. adding sugar to Beef Ribs
  5. Mix beer and mustard together inside the Instant Pot. Push ribs into pot. They will bend and coil around to fit in. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes, then allow to vent completely.
  6. mixing mustard & beer sauce in Instant Pot

  7. Smother in your favourite barbecue sauce.
  8. spreading BBQ sauce on ribs
  9. As an optional step to heat the sauce and brown the ribs up, you can place them under a broiler for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
  10. BBQ sauce on Beef Ribs
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May 24, 20192 found this helpful

This is very similar to my recipe, except I use apple cider vinegar and water instead of beer and I use Chinese five spice powder.

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May 24, 20191 found this helpful

Great suggestion because I hate beer. I was going to use beef broth but apple cider vinegar sounds more interesting. I'm also tempted to use apple cider curry sometime. Unfortunately, I also hate Chinese five spice (even though I'm Chinese... I also hate ginger and scallions) so I'll either omit or substitute with Italian spices.


The great thing about these recipes is that they're easily adaptable to one's taste. In fact, I like my ribs savoury, not sweet, so I'll just put various dipping sauces on the side for my dining companions: BBQ, siracha, hoisin, mustard, oyster sauce (my mom's choice), ranch dressing, etc.

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May 24, 20190 found this helpful

Why do people so frequently call recipes, "Instant Pot," when they actually mean, "pressure cooker"? It's misleading to those new to the pressure cooking. I can't tell you how many people would refuse to buy another brand at half the price because they think that an Instant Pot is somehow different than regular pressure cooking. There is nothing in "Instant Pot" recipes that can't be done on a stovetop pressure cooker or any other electric pressure cooker (except for a fermented rice mode that few will ever use. Even Yogurt is available on other models).


In fact, foods generally cook faster in stovetop cookers since they reach 15psi whereas most electric models only achieve about 12psi.

I own 3 electric pressure cookers, including the Instant Pot, and use them interchangeably depending on the size I need. Absolutely no difference in technique or results. In fact, my favorite is a 1300 watt model that cost $49, about half the price of an Instant Pot. It's one of the few electric models that can reach 15psi. And unlike the Instant Pot, you can adjust the Keep Warm temperature down to 130F so I also use it for sous vide.

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May 26, 20192 found this helpful

I think the reason many people use the Instant Pot like I do at least because I am very lazy and it is a quick way to cook many things without figuring out times and pressures. I use it mainly for yogurt making.


I love that I just have to poke one button for many foods to cook properly. Whatever floats your boat as the saying goes Happy cooking no matter how you do it!!!

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