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Instant Pot Pork Ribs (Chinese-Style) - A super easy Instant Pot pork ribs recipe that produces juicy tender pork with a sticky glossy glaze just like real-deal barbeque pork. It takes merely 10 minutes to set up, and your dinner will be done in 30 minutes. An Asian style dry rub and BBQ sauce are included, but you can use your own favorite seasonings in this recipe as well. {Gluten-Free}
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Instant Pot Pork Ribs (Chinese-Style)

A super easy Instant Pot pork ribs recipe that produces juicy tender pork with a sticky glossy glaze just like real-deal barbeque pork. It takes merely 10 minutes to set it up, and your dinner will be done in 30 minutes. An Asian style dry rub and BBQ sauce are included, but you can use your own favorite seasonings in this recipe as well. {Gluten-Free}
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Adding pressure15 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: comfort food, instant pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 477kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu

Ingredients

  • 1 rack (2 to 2.5 lbs / 1 kg) baby back ribs , or spare ribs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Chinese Barbecue Sauce (or store bought char siu sauce, or your favorite BBQ sauce)

Dry rub

Instructions

  • Combine all the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl. Stir to mix well.
  • Rub the dry mix over the ribs, coating all sides.
  • Place the steaming rack (the one that came with the Instant Pot) in the bottom of a 6-quart (or larger) Instant Pot. Add water and liquid smoke (if using). Place the ribs in a standing-up position onto the steaming rack, so the side is on the rack and the ribs form a circle in the pot (see the picture above in the blog post). You can cook more ribs (2 to 3 slabs) by letting them stand up in the same position.
  • Cover the Instant Pot and seal the valve. For baby back ribs, cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. For spare ribs, cook on high pressure for 28 minutes.
  • Turn on the broiler of your oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or tin foil).
  • Once done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then use quick release using a long spatula to carefully move the valve to the open position. Be careful of the hot steam coming out of the valve.
  • Carefully transfer the ribs onto the lined baking sheet. Brush both sides with BBQ sauce. Cook under the broiler for 2 minutes. Check on the ribs. The sauce should char slightly. Broil for another 2 minutes if needed.
  • Serve hot as a main dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 56.9g | Fat: 22.1g | Saturated Fat: 7.3g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 839mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 4.8g | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg