Pressure cooker ribs on a baking sheet after being pulled from under the broiler.
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How to Make Pressure Cooker Ribs

Last updated on January 15, 2021 by Liza Hawkins

These pressure cooker ribs are full of flavor and simple to make, even on a weeknight. Cook and serve these Hatfield® Marinated Pork Ribs in less than an hour — perfect for back to school or any other time of the year!

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Tender pressure cooker ribs just after being broiled on a baking sheet.


We’re no strangers to busy weeknights and harried dinners over here. I work full-time and with the kids back in school, everyone’s pace has exponentially increased.

Long weekends like Labor Day are coveted — a chance to unwind, put our feet up, binge some TV and just relax.

And … eat lots of yummy food. I love recipes that can just as easily be cooked and served during the week as they can be made for parties and other end-of-season holiday gatherings.

Tender pressure cooker ribs ready to eat on a baking sheet after being broiled.

Take one of my favorites: BBQ ribs.

Sure, they’re delicious cooked low and slow on a grill or in a smoker. They’re even delicious made in a slow cooker.

But, let’s say you don’t have eight or more hours and you reallllly want ribs…

This is where the electric pressure cooker comes to the rescue, along with the simplicity of family owned, American made Hatfield® Marinated Pork Ribs. From their dry rub seasoned tenderloins (including #1 Marinated Tenderloin in NE — Tuscan Herb Tenderloin) to their slow-cooker-ready pork roasts, delicious fresh pork makes dinner less about the cooking and more about the family. Bonus: it’s also ethically raised and gluten free.

How to Make Pressure Cooker Ribs

Hatfield Marinated Pork Rib

I picked up a package of Hatfield® Marinated Pork Ribs in the meat section at the local Schnucks grocery store in Bloomington. It was easy to find, right in a standing case in the aisle along all the other fresh meats.

Hatfield Marinated Pork Ribs in the case at Schnucks.

Once home, prepping them for dinner was a breeze thanks to the fact that they were already marinated and because of my handy-dandy electric pressure cooker.

Hatfield Marinated Pork Ribs just before being cooked in an electric pressure cooker.

First, I used kitchen shears to open the package on a couple layers of paper towels (they help keep things from splattering).

Marinated ribs just before being placed in the electric pressure cooker.

Next, I gently bent them into a curve, bone-side facing out, and placed them into the metal insert of my electric pressure cooker.

Some people like to use balled up foil or a trivet to keep the ribs from touching the bottom, but I find a) it’s not really necessary for ribs — they don’t burn or stick, and b) sometimes that makes the ribs too tall for my six-quart device.

I find it’s fine if the edges of the ribs touch the edges of the insert, too, though you’ll see varying opinions on that.

Marinated ribs in the electric pressure cooker.

After the ribs are nestled in place, I add about a cup-and-a-half of water to the bottom of the metal insert.

You’ll want to use one cup at a minimum, but I find a little over that works best. Any more liquid for this recipe and you risk steaming too much, and since I don’t use the broth for anything once the ribs are finished cooking, I don’t need volumes of liquid anyway.

Water being poured into the electric pressure cooker with marinated ribs.

After the water’s poured, the lid gets secured in place. I use a manual setting for twenty-five minutes on high, which typically gives a good fall-off-the-bone texture for ribs, without being mushy. You’ll want to play around with the time, up or down five minutes, until you get a texture you love.

Also, remember that it takes a little time for the electric pressure cooker to come to temp and then begin the counting down process.

Even though I’ve set the cooking time for twenty-five minutes, the over-all cooking time is closer to thirty-five or forty minutes to allow the device to come to pressure.

Electric pressure cooker beginning the countdown after coming to pressure.

I also let the pressure naturally release on its own for ten to fifteen minutes after the time’s up before giving a manual quick release.

Ribs finished cooking in an electric pressure cooker.

The ribs are pretty much good to go straight from here at this point, and you can still see all the spices from the marinade in the bag. They’re full of flavor!

Close up shot of ribs after they finished cooking in an electric pressure cooker.

Ribs finished cooking in the electric pressure cooker.

BUT, I like to give pressure cooker ribs just a little more kick by adding a layer of BBQ sauce on top and then broiling them for two minutes in the oven.

Ribs coated in BBQ sauce ready to be broiled.

The sugars in the BBQ sauce caramelize just a bit to create a sweet crust that goes perfectly with the savory, full flavor of Hatfield® Marinated Pork Ribs.

BBQ ribs pulled from under the broiler and ready to eat.

Serve these pressure cooker ribs with scalloped potatoes, oven-made french fries or a few ears of corn-on-the-cob!

Tender pressure cooker ribs ready to eat on a baking sheet after being broiled.
Yield: 2-4

Pressure Cooker Ribs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes

These pressure cooker ribs are full of flavor and simple to make, even on a weeknight.


  • 1 package pork baby back ribs
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce (optional)


  1. Lay the ribs flat on a paper towel and pat them dry.
  2. Mix the salt, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika together and coat the ribs on both sides.*
  3. Bend the ribs into a semi-circle shape, bone side out, and place them upright into the metal insert of a 6- or 8-quart electric pressure cooker.
  4. Pour the water into the bottom of the metal insert.
  5. Secure the lid and set to cook on manual/high for 25 minutes.
  6. Once done, let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes, then do a manual release to finish.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat the oven broiler on high and cover a baking sheet with foil.
  8. Carefully remove the ribs with tongs from the pressure cooker to lay flat, bone side down, on the baking sheet.
  9. Coat the top and sides with BBQ sauce then place the ribs on a rack in the oven that's 6" from the broiler and let them cook for 2 minutes (or until the top looks bubbly and caramelized).
  10. Serve immediately.


*If you use a pre-seasoned package of ribs like Hatfield® Marinated Pork Ribs, you can skip step two.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 386mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

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