Alice Engelbrink’s Fall Off the Bone Ribs in the Instant Pot

One of the most popular recipes for the Instant Pot is Fall Off the Bone Ribs. The power of the Instant Pot breaks down the ribs fast so you can make baby back ribs any night of the week. Alice Engelbrink makes fall off the bone ribs every Sunday during the summer time. This recipe brines the ribs in an apple cider and then finishes the ribs in the oven to carmelize the barbecue sauce.



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Fall Off the Bone Ribs in the Instant Pot

By: Alice Engelbrink

Fall off the bone ribs are so fast and easy when they are prepared in the Instant Pot. You only need a few ingredients to make some of the best ribs of your life. These might even be award-winning baby back ribs if you entered a barbecue competition. The ribs cook fast in the Instant Pot, then they are finished in the oven to carmelize the barbecue sauce. 

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  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 splash of vinegar
  • 1 rack of ribs
  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce

The easiest fall off the bone barbecue ribs starts by removing the layer of skin under the back side of the ribs. Alice Engelbrink recommends cutting the rack in half to help it fit into the Instant Pot. The brine in the Instant Pot consists of half water and half apple cider or apple juice. Then the ribs will need a splash of vinegar in the Instant Pot. 

The fall off the bone ribs only takes about 40 minutes in the Instant Pot to fully break down the meat to tender tastiness. Then let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally. Once the pin drops to signal that the pressure has dropped, open the lid away from you for safety. Place the ribs on a baking sheet, baste with generous amounts of barbecue sauce and finish in the oven or broiler.

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Add the water, apple juice or cider, and vinegar to the instant pot. Then add the ribs, thick side down.

Step 2

Close the lid and seal the pressure vent. Set Instant Pot to manual mode for 40 minutes. Then leave vent closed for natural pressure release.

Step 3

When the instant pot pressure has naturally released, the pin will drop. Open the lid away from you for safety. 

Step 4

Remove the ribs using tongs and put on a baking sheet. 

Step 5

Baste liberally with barbecue sauce and bake at 400 until carmelized.

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