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Easy Instant Pot Sticky Ribs


Delicious, saucy, fall-off-the-bone-tender ribs in one hour? If I hadn’t made them myself, I would not have believed it but, YES!

The pressure cooker will essentially braise the ribs, break down the connective tissue into delicious tenderness, and infuse the meat with moisture and flavor. No chance of tough, dry, ribs. Promise. A quick broil after slathering with your favorite sauce will give the ribs a crusty, charred texture and flavor for the perfect finishing touch. Let’s get cooking!



3.5-4 pounds of spare ribs (2 racks)

3 teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon ancho chili pepper

½ teaspoon garlic salt

½ teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon white pepper

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 cup water for brine

½ cup apple cider vinegar for brine



For the Asian-style sauce:


¼ cup Mirin

½ cup Tamari (or soy sauce)

4 Tablespoons brown sugar

2 Tablespoons honey

1 Tablespoon rice vinegar

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves minced

 Instructions for BBQ Sauce


Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.

Reduce to simmer and allow to simmer/reduce for 25 minutes. Sauce will be runny when warm but thick and sticky like molasses when cool.

  • Author: Chef