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Hickory Bacon

Baby Back Ribs

Best Baby Back Ribs Instant Pot

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Instant Pot fall-off-the-bone BBQ Ribs are a mouthwatering delight that brings together the convenience of modern cooking with the timeless allure of perfectly tender and flavorful ribs. The process begins with high-quality pork ribs, seasoned with a harmonious blend of spices that infuses the meat with delectable flavors. Placed in the Instant Pot, the ribs undergo a magical transformation as they are pressure-cooked to perfection, resulting in unparalleled tenderness that allows the meat to effortlessly slide off the bone. The final touch involves generously brushing the ribs with a finger-licking BBQ sauce that caramelizes under the broiler, creating a sticky, sweet and tangy glaze that enhances the already irresistible dish. Don't just take our word for it, read our comments below!

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  • Start by laying ribs out on a cookie sheet (or sheet pan)

  • Use 3 TBS Hickory, Bacon, Seasoning and cover each side completely. Pat into the meat. 

  • Then Sprinkle each side generously with liquid smoke.

  • Place your trivet into your instant pot  then place ribs in a circle on trivet touching insides of your pot (see video below)

  • Add 1 can Dr Pepper

  • Place your lid on, make sure you are on sealing not venting,

  • Press manual for 30 min with a natural release (I just unplug mine and let it go on it's on till pressure button is all the way down)

  • When ribs are done,  Place ribs on a cookie sheet, and and slather your favorite BBQ sauce (just on top layer) We used Sweet Baby Rays. Broil about Six min (tops only) until they are to your liking.

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This hickory bacon seasoning is what makes this recipe! It's not only amazing on ribs, but you could also use it for steaks as well as Roast etc.
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they are simply out of this world amazing!~

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Are Baby Back Ribs Beef?

No, baby back ribs are not beef; they are pork ribs. Baby back ribs are a specific type of pork rib that comes from the upper back area of the pig, closer to the spine. They are called "baby" back ribs because they are smaller and more tender compared to spare ribs, which come from the lower belly area of the pig.

Beef ribs, on the other hand, come from cattle and are larger and meatier than pork ribs. There are different cuts of beef ribs, such as short ribs and back ribs, and they have a distinct flavor and texture compared to pork ribs.

So, to clarify, baby back ribs are pork ribs, while beef ribs come from cattle. Both types of ribs can be delicious when prepared and cooked properly, but they offer different tastes and characteristics due to the variations in the meat.

Cooking Instant Pot baby back ribs is a quick and easy way to enjoy tender and flavorful ribs. Here are some tips to help you achieve the best results:

  1. Preparing the ribs: Before cooking, remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. This helps the flavors penetrate the meat and ensures a more tender texture. You can ask your butcher to do this for you or do it yourself with a paper towel and a firm grip.

  2. Sauté for extra flavor: For an extra layer of flavor, consider sautéing the ribs in the Instant Pot using the "Sauté" function before pressure cooking. This helps to sear the meat, lock in juices, and enhance the taste.

  3. Add liquid: Place a cup of liquid (1 Dr. Pepper) in the Instant Pot to create steam and pressure for cooking, to add depth to the ribs.

  4. Cooking time: Cook the baby back ribs on high pressure for around 30 minutes. The exact cooking time may vary based on the size and thickness of the ribs. As a general rule, larger racks may require a few more minutes.

  5. Natural release vs. quick release: After the cooking cycle is complete, you can do a natural release or a quick release. A natural release allows the pressure to release slowly and naturally, which can help keep the ribs tender. A quick release will release the pressure rapidly, but the ribs may be slightly less tender.

  6. Finishing on the grill or broiler: To achieve that classic BBQ flavor and caramelization, brush the ribs with BBQ sauce and finish them on the grill or under the broiler for a few minutes. This step adds a delicious glaze and enhances the overall taste.

  7. Resting: After cooking and finishing, allow the ribs to rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps the juices redistribute within the meat, resulting in a more flavorful and juicy bite.

With these tips, you can easily make mouthwatering Instant Pot baby back ribs that will impress your family and friends with their tenderness and taste. Enjoy your delicious ribs!

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Award-Winning! The meat is so tender that the bones will just slip right out when gently pulled.

I’m not kidding, these are the best ribs EVER!!

Just think, you can have super tender baby back ribs ready to eat in less than 45 minutes from start to finish!

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