Instant Pot Spare Ribs 20-Dec-2020

This was a great recipe to start with, and I’ve added my own twists to it


  • BBQ Rub, see recipe BBQ rub
  • 2 2-pound racks baby back pork ribs or spare ribs, trimmed of excess fat, rinsed, and patted dry
  • yellow mustard
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce


  1. Mix together rub and set aside
  2. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs completely
  3. Trim excess fat
  4. Smear a little yellow mustard on each side of the rib to form a binder for the rub
  5. Sprinkle the rub on each side, spreading and working it into the meat
  6. Wrap ribs in cling wrap and save in fridge until ready to cook
  7. Combine chicken stock, vinegar, remaining rub if any, and garlic in a closeable container, shake well, store until ready to cook
  8. Set up Instant Pot, place wire trivet in pot
  9. Shake pot liquid well, pour into pot
  10. Arrange ribs on edge in a circle on trivet
  11. Seal the lid, pressure cook on high for 20-25 minutes
  12. Quick release the pressure in the pot
  13. Preheat oven to broil
  14. Place ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet, meat side up
  15. Cover with BBQ sauce
  16. Broil for 4-6 minutes to caramelize sauce, Don’t overcook!


I wear nitrile gloves when doing this to get a little extra grip on things. I also use a paper towel to get a good hold of the membrane to pull it off.

For the 2020-12-20 version, instead of making the rub, I used Penzey’s BBQ 3000