How to make Instant Pot barbecue pork ribs

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Tender, slow-smoked pork ribs are a rare treat since you need both special equipment and a whole lot of time to make them. With the Instant Pot, though, you can have amazingly tender, finger-licking good barbecue pork ribs in an hour. Serve them with your favorite sides — I like homemade cornbread and a tangy coleslaw — and be sure to have lots of napkins on hand.
Thirty minutes in the Instant Pot turns the ribs fall-off-the-bone tender. Next, they’re slathered with spicy-sweet barbecue sauce and finished under the broiler or on the grill. This extra step helps the sauce flavor permeate the meat and caramelizes it at the same time.​
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Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs
5 minutes
40 minutes, plus 15 to come to pressure
1 hour
1 slab St. Louis-style ribs, membrane removed
½ cup water
Kosher salt
Freshly-ground black pepper
½ cup barbecue sauce, plus additional for serving if desired
Place the trivet in the Instant Pot.
Season the ribs generously with salt and pepper. Place them on top of the trivet in the Instant Pot and add the water.
Close the lid and turn the valve to the sealing position. Select high pressure and set the timer for 30 minutes.
When the cooking time is up, let the pressure release naturally for about 15 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure.
Remove the ribs from the pot and reserve the cooking liquid.
In a small bowl, whisk together the barbecue sauce and ¼ cup of the reserved cooking liquid.
Preheat the broiler or grill to high heat.
Brush the ribs all over with the sauce mixture. If planning to broil them, arrange them, meat side up on a large, rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with foil.
Place the ribs under the broiler or on the grill. Cook until the sauce bubbles and thickens, 5 to 6 minutes. Brush again with the remaining sauce mixture and cook for another 2 minutes or so.
Serve hot with extra barbecue sauce, if desired.
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