Well here we are at the start of the work week once again. This past weekend was a busy one with lots of activities, however my family cherishes our Sunday family dinners. We enjoyed BBQ ribs in a spectacular way using our Instant Pot. I will say that although these Whiskey Baby Back Ribs were tender, flavorful and so easy to do, it does not compare to traditional low and slow ribs found at our favorite BBQ rib joint. But for ribs at home, these will now be my go to way to prepare them!
This recipe has three specific parts – the BBQ sauce, the BBQ rub and broiling the ribs for a nice char. For these ribs, I combined whiskey, apple juice and our favorite BBQ sauce. The sauce not only is used in cooking but doubles as a sauce to glaze the ribs and for serving. The second part is the BBQ rub to ensure the ribs have flavor all on its on and doesn’t have to depend on any sauce. And lastly, after the Instant Pot does it magic, the ribs are glazed with the sauce and broiled for a great presentation!
1/4 cup whiskey (I used Jack Daniels)
1/2 cups apple juice
1 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon onion powder
In your Instant Pot:
Plug in the IP and add the whiskey, apple juice and BBQ sauce to the IP and whisk to combine.
Place the trivet inside the pot.
In a small bowl, combine all the spices (salt, pepper, paprika, white sugar, garlic powder, and onion powder) to create the rub; set aside.
Cut the rack into sections of 3-4 ribs. Season each section generously with the spice mixture.
Add your reasoned ribs into the IP, standing up vertically on its side on the trivet.
Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.
Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 30 minutes on HIGH pressure.
When the display reflects 10 (which is 10 minutes since the IP has beeped), turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release pressure (also known as QRP or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it’s safe to open.
Preheat your broiler as you wait for all the pressure to be released.