Instant Pot Ribs with Orange-Whiskey Glaze

5 from 2 votes

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This recipe for Instant Pot Ribs first appeared on our sister site, Instant Pot Family Recipes. Simple, delicious, and economical, this is an instant pot recipe you need to try this week.

Glazed ribs with sliced oranges, pastry brush and wooden spoon on board
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About These Instant Pot Ribs

featuring the flavors of orange and whiskey

Ribs in Instant Pot next to bottle

You may have noticed that since the first of this year, we’ve been making quite a few things in our new kitchen gadget. You may have also noticed that our family is big on delicious pork recipes.

I’m talking about such family favorites as braised pork shoulder, herb-roasted pork tenderloin, and these leftover pork tacos.

Like these instant pot pork chops, this recipe for instant pot ribs is truly a game-changer. Who would ever think that you can make fall-off-the-bone ribs in less than an hour. Folks, I’m here to tell you that it can be done.

About this recipe

  • You can serve these babies up in less than an hour, start to finish.
  • Remove the membrane from the bony side of the ribs, for style points.
  • Pressure cook them for a minimum of 25 minutes, I think 30 is preferable.
  • Always allow for natural release (NR) of pressure at the end, this takes 12-15 minutes.
  • Finish the Instant Pot Ribs off in a hot oven for about 6 to 8 minutes.
Ribs and sliced oranges on cutting board with parsley
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As a slight variation to these orange and whiskey flavored Instant Pot Ribs, Scott tried something a little different and once again he nailed it. He made Instant Pot Ribs as shown below but he made the following changes:

  • He did not remove the membrane.
  • He seasoned the ribs with salt and pepper.
  • He cut the rack in about three segments and layered them flat in the pot.
  • He cooked them, using 1 cup of sprite and 1/2 cup barbecue sauce.

I’m not gonna lie. I think Scott is a better cook than I am. I could not stop thinking about his version of Instant Pot Ribs, for days and days. With either of these recipes for Instant Pot Ribs, you can’t go wrong. Get out your pressure cooker and give these a try, they’re bound to change your life!   -Dan

A plate full of ribs cut from slab with oranges in background on board

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Orange-Whiskey Instant Pot Ribs

5 from 2 votes
Featuring the warm and sweet flavors of an Orange and Whiskey-infused Barbecue Sauce
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Yield: 6


For the Instant Pot Ribs

  • 3 lbs baby back pork ribs
  • 1/2 cup whiskey or bourbon
  • 1/2 cup water

For the Orange-Whiskey Barbecue Suace

  • 1/2 cup reserved liquid leftover from cooking the ribs
  • 2 cups of your favorie barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 pinch curshed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp flour, for thickening, if necessary


  • Place the water and whiskey in bottom of Instant Pot and remove the membrane from ribs, if desired. Place the ribs in the pot by curling them around or cut into three segments and place in bottom of pot. Cook on high manual setting for a 25-30 minutes, allow for natural release of pressure at the end. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Place the ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet, using a pair of tongues and reserve 1/2 cup of liquid in bottom of the pot. Discard the remaining liquid.
  • Turn the Instant Pot on suaté (high) and combine all ingredients for the sauce. Stir to reduce and add a little flour if necessary to achieve desired consistency.
  • Slather the ribs in sauce and place in the hot oven for 10 minutes. Then, serve immediately or cover with foil and reduce oven to warm until ready to serve.


Calories: 655kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 167mg, Sodium: 1123mg, Potassium: 983mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 275IU, Vitamin C: 10.9mg, Calcium: 84mg, Iron: 2.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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  1. If I double the weight of meat, will the cooking time stay the same, just take longer to reach proper pressurization?

      1. Thanks! Should I increase any liquid ingredients substantially? (I’m naturally inclined to be a little extra generous with the dry, not an absurd amount, but a rounded eyeball type of deal.)

  2. 5 stars
    We used Honey flavoured Whiskey and added extra red peppers flakes.
    BEST ribs I’ve had in years!!
    Will definitely recommend..
    Keep the recipes coming guys..

  3. I wonder if you could make these in a crock pot. I’m still afraid to use a instant pop because I was deathly afraid of pressure pots growing up.

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks for this easy recipe. We made these delicious ribs for our son’s birthday last weekend and they were a hit! The only change we made is that we finished them off on the grill. Note: There were NO leftovers!

    1. Great idea, Mark! We are just pulling our grills out from their winter storage here but will be trying your technique with this recipe!