Well folks I finally did it. I bought an Instant Pot. I honestly didn’t think this was something I needed in my life. I already own four slow cookers and, quite frankly, pressure cookers have always scared the crap out of me. But I caved to peer pressure, Randa I’m looking at you, and Amazon Prime and picked one up for the low, low price of $99. Even as I hit the buy button I still wasn’t convinced I needed or wanted this super popular cooking apparatus. But I love cooking, and I am almost always up to try something new in the kitchen. And with the popularity of the Instant Pot it just has to be worth the investment right?
When the wonder appliance arrived I really had no idea what I was going to try first. I looked at the recipe book that came with it and nothing really caught my eye. That’s, in part, due to the fact that we had just gotten home from a weekend of camping and my fridge isn’t as fully stocked as it normally would be. So I went down to the freezer to see what I could come up with. I lucked out with a nice little package of pork side ribs. This seemed like the perfect thing to try. I rummaged through the fridge and the pantry to see what else I had on hand to complement the ribs. I found bbq sauce and pineapple juice. Things were looking up. Less than 45 minutes – from freezer to plate – we were enjoying some amazing, tender ribs. After a full day at the lake, in almost 40 degree heat, it was so nice to come home and whip up mouth watering ribs in no time at all! I think I might already be hooked on this Instant Pot.
- Side or back pork ribs - as many as you want that will fit properly in your Instant Pot
- A bottle of your favorite bbq sauce (a mesquite or hickory flavour works well in this dish)
- 1 cup of pineapple juice (orange or grapefruit juice would work as well)
- Cut your ribs into pieces that will fit easily into the pot of the Instant Pot. I cooked mine from frozen but you can also used already thawed ribs.
- Place the rack into the Instant Pot.
- Pour in the pineapple juice.
- Baste your ribs generously with the bbq sauce and stack in the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid and make the pressure valve is set to "sealing"
- Choose either the meat or manual mode and set the time to 30 minutes.
- Once the timer has gone turn the steam release handle to quick release.
- While the steam is releasing preheat your grill to medium high (grilling is optional but worth the extra few minutes)
- When the steam is released open the lid and use tongs to remove the ribs.
- Brush with a little more bbq sauce and place the ribs on the grill for a couple of minutes, until you have nice grill marks.
- Serve and enjoy!