Jamie’s Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

This one was inspired by and partially plagiarized from a bunch of recipes on the Internet! Let’s call that research.


  • Cajun spice – as a rub
  • 1/4 cup Canadian Rye Whiskey – this is optional and I have not tried it without it yet to see if it makes much of a difference. If you do try it without I would love to get your feedback
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce – choose bold flavour – I use original recipe Bulls Eye
  • 2 cups Coca Cola (or your favourite cola beverage)


  • Rinse ribs under cold tap water to remove any bone chips, etc.
  • Pat dry.
  • Some butchers remove the membrane when selling ribs. If yours still have the membrane on, don’t worry, it’s easy to remove:
    • At the smaller end, of the rack slide the tip of a knife under the membrane, next to the bone.
    • Lift membrane until it separates from meat. Put down the knife. PUT. DOWN. THAT. KNIFE!
    • Grip edge of the membrane with a paper towel and pull up, then pull back toward larger end of rack.
  • Cut ribs in half or thirds to aid removal from pot afterward. Or you can tip ribs out into stainless steel bowl and leave as full racks.
  • Rub cajun spice onto both sides of ribs 
  • Add wet ingredients to pot, being sure to stir well
  • Add trivet to pot, Trivet will almost be submerged
  • Place ribs in pot, curved with “top” side toward the curvature of pot, curved inward with membrane side towards the middle of the pot. This is the way the ribs naturally curl. If you chose to leave ribs un-cut you should be able to put two racks in. If you have three, you will probably have to cut the third one. This is based on 6lbs being three racks. 6lbs seems to be the limit of the 6 quart Instant Pot.
  • Meat button, or manual button, Normal, High Pressure for 30 minutes for 5-6lbs of ribs; 25 minutes for 2-4lbs
  • Natural release 15 minutes.
  • During the natural release:
    • Put oven shelf on second highest rack, unless that’s your middle position, in which case choose the top height.
    • Pre-heat broiler
    • Prepare a foil lined large cookie sheet
  • Transfer ribs to foil lined cookie sheet. Careful, they will be fall-off-the-bone tender so they will fall apart if mishandled
  • Brush with your favourite BBQ sauce
  • Place ribs under broiler, 5-10 minutes.  Watch them closely after 5 minutes so they don’t burn.