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Copycat Chili’s Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

Juicy, tender ribs in less than 30 minutes? It sounds impossible, but with the help of a pressure cooker, you’ll have perfect, fall-of-the-bone ribs in no time. We replicated the flavors of Chili’s famous ribs by incorporating liquid smoke in the cooking process. We also created a cheater’s BBQ sauce by upgrading good-quality store-bought BBQ sauce with chipotle in adobo, orange juice, and chili powder.

Tasty Team

Total Time

40 minutes

40 min

Prep Time

5 minutes

5 min

Cook Time

30 minutes

30 min

Copycat Chili’s Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
Total Time

40 minutes

40 min

Prep Time

5 minutes

5 min

Cook Time

30 minutes

30 min

Ingredients

for 1 serving

Ribs

  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 rack baby back ribs, silverskin removed, cut in half crosswise
  • 1 cup water (240 mL)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar (60 mL)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional

BBQ Sauce

  • ½ cup store-bought brown sugar barbecue sauce (165 g)
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Preparation

  1. Make the ribs: In a small bowl, combine the salt, black pepper, chili powder, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, and white pepper. Whisk to combine.
  2. Season both sides of the baby back ribs with some of the dry rub, reserving the rest for another use.
  3. Add the water, liquid smoke, and apple cider vinegar to the basin of an Instant Pot. Place the rack insert in the bottom and set the ribs on the rack on their sides, spiraling around the inside of the pot.
  4. Close the lid of the Instant Pot, making sure the vent is set to sealing. Select manual pressure and set the pressure to high. Set the timer for 25 minutes. When the timer goes off, turn the machine to venting to release the pressure.
  5. Meanwhile, make the barbecue sauce: In a medium bowl, stir together the barbecue sauce, chipotle in adobo, chili powder and orange juice. Set aside.
  6. When the ribs have about 10 minutes of cook time left, arrange an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and turn the broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  7. Transfer the ribs to the prepared baking sheet. Brush liberally with the barbecue sauce.
  8. Broil the ribs for 2–4 minutes, until the sauce begins to caramelize.
  9. Enjoy!

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