If you love fall off the bone tender ribs, then you need to try cooking them in an Instant Pot! It’s so easy, and these are perfect for a family dinner or a party. You can cook them on low for at least 8 hours with this method, but if you don’t have that much time I recommend going with high pressure for 1-2 hours + natural release.
1.5 to 2 hours high pressure
The first thing to do is turn on your Instant Pot. If you’ve never used it before, press the “Sauté” button and wait for the display panel to show “Hot.” Then, add 1 tablespoon of oil to coat the bottom of your pot.
To begin cooking ribs in an Instant Pot (or other electric pressure cooker), set it to cook on manual mode and choose high pressure for 1.5 hours with a natural release at the end.
20 minutes natural release
Once the cook time has ended, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes.
- Don’t open the lid until there’s a beep and/or your cooker switches to keep warm mode. If you open it early, all of your hard work will be for naught! If you do this right and let things cook as long as they need to without opening them up too soon, then when they’re done cooking in their own steamy heat bath they’ll be perfectly tender and ready for eating.*
Optional step to make them fall off the bone tender: 20 minute high pressure
If you want fall-off-the-bone tender ribs, this is the step to take. The extra 20 minutes of high pressure will break down the connective tissue in your pork ribs and make them even more tender than they are after a one hour cook time.
If you’re using baby back ribs or pork spareribs, they should be fully cooked after 1.5 hours of high pressure cooking (and then another 20 minutes natural release). If you’re using country style pork ribs or beef short ribs, plan on 2 hours of high pressure cooking (and another 20 minutes natural release).
Cooking ribs in Instant Pot is a super easy way to make fall off the bone tender ribs.
The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker. It’s designed to cook tough cuts of meat, like ribs, quickly and efficiently.
The first step in making fall off the bone tender ribs in an Instant Pot is to brown them on all sides. This adds flavor and helps seal in moisture as it cooks under pressure (which will make them even more tender).
After all that, the ribs are ready to eat! You can serve them hot or cold, with your favorite sauce. I like serving mine with some extra sauce on top and some coleslaw on the side.