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Barbecue Beef Ribs Recipe (Instant Pot & Ninja Foodi Instructions)

Barbecue Beef Ribs are one of my very favorite things to make in the pressure cooker.

The meat becomes so tender and juicy during the cooking process, that it literally falls off of the bone as you eat them.

Beef ribs on plate
Barbecued Beef Ribs that have been pressure cooked.

To my surprise, I even like them more than smoked barbecue beef ribs.

Short Ribs vs. Back Ribs

Beef ribs come in two different varieties.

Beef short ribs are most often seen and sold at local grocery stores. These contain 1-2 inches of meat on top of the bone.

They are called short ribs not because they are short in length, but because they come from what is called the short plate.

beef short ribs
Beef short ribs have 1-2″ of meat on top of the bone.

They are stuck between two popular cuts of meat – flank steak and brisket.

They have a lot of marbled fat intertwined in the meat, making for a flavorful dish.

However, they do require low and slow cooking to make them become fall off the bone tender.

That is one reason that I prefer to make barbecue beef back ribs.

Back Ribs come from the cut of meat that I consider one of the most flavorful sections. They are the bottom section of sirloin steak that gets cut off.

beef back ribs
Beef back ribs has the meat between the bones and usually come in a rack of 7.

They have long curved bones and the meat is actually between the bones, not on top.

When cooked properly, the meat literally falls off of the bone. The longer bones and smaller portions of meat are perfect for eating at a barbecue.

Pressure Cooking Barbecue Beef Ribs

Although cooking ribs in a smoker is a great way to gain a ton of flavor, I prefer to make barbecue beef ribs in my Ninja Foodi.

beef back ribs in basket
Stack the ribs in the steamer basket to cook.

The meat has so much natural flavor which makes it perfect to cook under pressure.

In fact, they have so much flavor that I don’t add any extra seasonings before they get cooked.

Simply cut them into individual pieces and place them in a steamer basket or on top of a trivet.

brushing on sauce
Once the cooking time expires brush on the barbecue sauce then air crisp or place under a broiler.

Once the cooking time expires allow for 10 minutes of Natural Pressure Release.

This helps draw the moisture back into the meat itself.

Then simply add the barbecue sauce and crisp them under the broiler or in the Ninja Foodi on Air Crisp mode.

air crisp
You can air crisp your ribs directly in the Ninja Foodi

The results – absolutely delicious, fall off of the bone, Barbecue Beef Ribs!

Make it a real barbecue and serve them with Instant Pot Mac and Cheese and Coleslaw.

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Pressure Cooker Barbecue Beef Ribs

Pressure Cooker Barbecue Beef Ribs

Beef Ribs cooked in the pressure cooker until nice and tender and then broiled with barbecue sauce until caramelized.


  • 1 rack Beef Back Ribs
  • 1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 cup Beef Broth or water


  1. Place the beef broth or water in the liner of your pressure cooker
  2. Cut the ribs in 2 bone sections
  3. Add a steamer basket to the liner of your pressure cooker and stack ribs in the basket. It is okay if they overlap.
  4. Lock the lid in place and put the valve in the Sealing position. Pressure Cook/Manual on HIGH pressure for 25 minutes.
  5. Once the cooking time has expired, allow for a Natural Pressure Release for 10 minutes. Then Quick Release any remaining pressure.

Ninja Foodi

  1. Brush the barbecue sauce over the ribs and Air Crisp for 10 minutes.

Instant Pot

  1. Remove the ribs and place on a baking sheet.
  2. Brush the barbecue sauce over the ribs and place under a broiler until the sauce has caramelized.


Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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