These Deliciously Easy Spiced Instant Pot Ribs are incredibly versatile, delicious, and easy! They make excellent leftovers and can be arranged into a multitude of dishes to make everyone in your household satisfied.
For all you carnivorous folks, these Deliciously Easy Spiced Instant Pot Ribs will hit home. I love my traditional BBQ, and living in Georgia, I don’t have to look far for some great eats! Today we’re going to circumvent the Memphis, Texas, St. Louis, and Carolina feud (No allegiances here, I love them all), for some mouthwateringly, delicious Spiced Ribs.
Fast cooking ribs… am I missing something?
These Deliciously Easy Spiced Instant Pot Ribs come together with about 5-10 minutes of hands-on time. I don’t know about you, but when I hear ribs, I always think of either BBQ smoked ribs that take hours and hours of work and prep (time I just don’t usually have) or slow cooker ribs that are so soft, they have nothing for your teeth to grab onto. These ribs are the perfect combination. They cook for only 28 minutes in the instant pot, then are broiled in the oven for an additional 5 minutes and come out tasting heavenly. They have the perfect crust and great bite that you want from your meat, without all the hassle.
How do I serve these?
You are totally welcome to gobble these Deliciously Easy Spiced Instant Pot Ribs up the second they are finished without a single side, BUT that’s not for all people. My favorite aspect of these Spiced Pork Ribs, besides being quick, is the versatility of cuisines. Yes, they’re great as part of a typical BBQ, but this recipe can be also paired with Carribean, Latin, and some Asian cuisines. Plate these ribs with some rice, mango salsa, and black beans or corn bread, sweet potatoes and collards, either way it works.
Can I skip the wait time for these ribs?
The preferred method for this recipe is to let the ribs sit overnight or all day long to absorb the rub, but they’re if you’re in a pinch and can only let them set for 15-20 minutes, they’re still great! It’s easy to make the rub the night before or in the morning, and then refrigerate the ribs in a covered cookie sheet until you’re ready to cook. You can go about your day while the rub does all the work of making you look like a superstar that night.
Make it a full meal without all the extra dishes!
After the ribs cook in the instant pot, reserve 1/2 cup of liquid in a separate measuring cup and discard the rest. Melt 2 Tbsp salted butter in the instant pot (not washed), and then place 3-4 sweet potatoes, washed and sliced into 1/2 inch thick pieces into the bottom. Add 1/2 tsp salt and mix everything up. Add the reserved liquid and set instant pot to 6 minutes. Release immediately and discard any loose liquid. Add 2 more Tbs butter. Use an immersion blender or old fashioned potato masher until it reaches desired consistency. If you would like smoother, feel free to add some milk or cream 1 Tbs at a time.
Remove the mash (and cover) and set instant pot to sauté, place 3 Tbsp olive oil and wait until it becomes shiny. Add 3 cups of uncooked, pre-washed kale and let cook 7-8 minutes, tossing every 3 minutes. Once the kale is slightly charred, squeeze 1/2 sliced lemon and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
These make the absolute best leftovers
Sometimes leftover can get a little repetitive or tedious, but not so for these weeknight ribs. They are excellent on their own, but you can also turn them into nachos (add cheese, a drizzle of BBQ, hot pepper and done), salad (kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and cucumber with some greek dressing) or sandwich (chop of rib meat with ranch/bbq sauce mixture and add cheese).
Tips and Tricks
- Peel off the silver skin! This is the thin membrane on the bottom side of your ribs. This membrane blocks the absorption of flavor and makes the rib tougher. (See the picture below) Here’s more detail on why you should remove that silver skin.
- Prefer a smokey flavor? Use Hickory or Alder Wood Smoked Salt in the rub. I find that much of the smoky flavor is lost in the Instapot, so make sure to coat the ribs with the leftover rub before finishing them in the grill or oven. You can purchase smoked salts from my preferred company, San Francisco Salt Co., here:
- If you’re looking for your standardized instant pot ribs, not spiced ribs, the site Tastes Better From Scratch has a wonderful recipe!
- You can rub the ribs and freeze them until they’re ready for your use. Letting them thaw out naturally will give ample time for the rub to sink in.
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- The ribs with the rub can be left in the fridge for up to 3 days before cooking.
- If you don’t have an Instapot, but have lots of time, cover in tinfoil and bake in the oven at 275 F for 3 hours. Your ribs will be just as delicious and tender.
- These Deliciously Easy Spiced Instant Pot Ribs go great with our Elote Salad or our Mexican Caprese Salad!