Delicious BBQ ribs in your pressure cooker 29



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Here is a clever hack to cut down the time to cook ribs. Soon you’ll be able to make delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs without the long, hot and tiring process of the past. Instead of the usual three to four hours, you’ll just need about an hour and a pressure cooker. It tastes exactly the same yet is made in a fraction of the time. No matter how good they look, you must wait five minutes before eating so you don’t burn your mouth!




  • Rack of baby back ribs
  • BBQ seasoning
  • 1/2 cup of any liquid (water or stock)
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke

BBQ sauce

  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons water
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper



Time: 30 to 45 minutes

  1. Chop the rack of ribs into four pieces and rub them with seasoning; pat down into the ribs.
  2. Place ribs in pressure cooker and arrange in a fan shape so that they’ll fit and steam equally.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water or stock and 1/2 teaspoon to give the meat a proper BBQ flavour.
  4. Lock the lid down and set cooking time to 30 minutes. If you’re using a stovetop pressure cooker, follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  5. Preheat oven for 220C
  6. After 30 minutes, release the pressure on your cooker, unlock the lid and use tongs to arrange ribs on the foil-lined baking sheet.
  7. Brush ribs with sauce and bake for 10 minutes on each time, turning once, until the sauce is burnt and sticky.


  1. Blend onion and water into a puree. Heat sauce pan with oil over medium heat.
  2. When pan is hot, add onion puree and reduce heat to a medium low and simmer until the onion is golden and water is almost gone.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir and cook for about 20 minutes until thick. Remove from heat and cool.


Tell us, have you ever made ribs? Will you try this pressure cooker recipe?


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  1. It is so long since I used my pressure cooker I don’t remember how to use it. The manufacturers directions (from 39 years ago) are still here but I’m buggered if I can find them.

  2. We (Tupperware) have just brought out a microwave pressure cooker and these will be perfect in it. Yummy.

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