Apple BBQ Side Ribs Recipe

Instant Pot Apple BBQ Side Ribs

If you have a love for side ribs, you have to give these Instant Pot Apple BBQ Side Ribs a try! They are finger-licking good, that have tender meat that falls of the bone.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Recipes Simple


  • 1 rack Pork Side Ribs (approx. 2 – 3 lbs)
  • 1 cup Apple Juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • dash dried red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt (your favorite brand)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite is fine, I used Sweet Baby Rays).


  1. Trim most of the visible fat off the ribs

  2. In a bowl, mix all the dry seasonings together. 

  3. Cut the ribs into 2 rib sections. Season the ribs, both front and back, liberally

  4. Pour the apple juice into the IP insert bowl.  Place the metal rack that comes with the IP into the bottom of the insert bowl.

  5. Arrange the ribs in a square type fashion, so that there is a center hole down the column of ribs.

  6. Place the top of the IP and set the toggle switch to “seal”. On manual setting, set the time for 25 minutes. After the time is up, do a 10-minute natural release.

  7. Remove the lid after the silver pin and dropped. CAREFULLY remove the ribs and place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet. 

  8. Mix the BBQ sauce together with about a half cup of the cooking juices from the ribs. 

  9. Baste the sauce mixture onto the ribs, liberally. Broil for 2 – 3 minutes until you begin to see some caramelization. CAREFULLY flip the ribs and baste again with the sauce, and broil again for 2 – 3 minutes.