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BBQ Ribs - Pressure Cooker


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  • Dry Rub for Ribs:
  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 – 3 drops liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (5 g) chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons (4 g) black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (2.4 g) onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2.8 g) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2.3 g) cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon (3 g) kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon (1 g) cumin seed, ground
  • ½ teaspoon (1 g) fennel seed, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.5 g) cayenne pepper
  • BBQ Sauce for Ribs:
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup (250 ml) ketchup
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water
  • ⅛ cup (31 ml) maple syrup
  • ⅛ cup (31 ml) honey
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon (25 g) brown sugar



Step 1

Prepare the Baby Back Ribs: Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs with a butter knife and a paper towel.
Dry Rub the Baby Back Ribs: Mix all the dry rub ingredients and rub it all over the baby back ribs. Then, set aside while you prepare other ingredients.
Pressure Cook the Baby Back Ribs: Pour the homemade BBQ sauce into the pressure cooker. Add 2 – 3 drops of liquid smoke into the BBQ sauce. Place the baby back ribs into the BBQ sauce (See Tips in the post). Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 16 – 25 minutes. Adjust your cooking time according to your preference: 16 minutes (tender with a bit of chew) to 25 minutes (fall off the bone). Turn off the heat and full Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.
Preheat the Oven: While the baby back ribs is cooking in the pressure cooker, preheat the oven to 450F.
Set Aside the Baby Back Ribs: Carefully place the cooked baby back ribs on a chopping board with kitchen tongs. Cover it with aluminum foil and set aside.
Filter the Fat (Optional Step): Filter the BBQ sauce with a strainer and remove the fat with an oil separator.
Reduce the BBQ sauce: Place roughly chopped carrots into the BBQ sauce and bring your BBQ sauce to a simmer. (Instant Pot: Click sauté button once and click on adjust button twice to get to the Saute Less Function) Continue to reduce and thicken the BBQ sauce by simmering until desired thickness (roughly 6 - 8 minutes). Occasionally, stir with a wooden spoon. Taste the seasoning of the BBQ sauce. Stir in more brown sugar and additional 1 – 2 drops of liquid smoke if necessary.
Apply Sauce and Finish in the Oven or Grill: Brush the homemade BBQ sauce all over the baby back ribs on all sides including the bones with a silicone basting brush. Place the baby back ribs in the oven on the top rack for 10 – 15 minutes.
Serve and Enjoy: Serve the baby back ribs immediately with more homemade BBQ sauce along with the carrots.

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