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How To Cook Frozen Ribs In An Instant Pot

mmm-hmm check out these Instant Pot baby
back ribs from frozen! Hi folks it’s Mike with Kitchen Tips Online, the place where
the smartest people on YouTube, come to learn new kitchen tips and tricks to
help them save time and money in the kitchen. And to my subscribers, I’d like
to say, welcome back guys ♥ And for those who are not yet
subscribers, check out a couple of things that you’ve already missed. If you’re
like me, you only buy baby back ribs when they are on sale. And in this case,
they’re on BOGO. But what do you do when you get them home. Obviously you have to freeze them unless if you’re not gonna cook them up right away. If you freeze your ribs like
this, they will never fit into your Instant Pot when it’s time to make some
delicious Instant Pot baby back ribs. Now if you’ve ever been in a tug of war with
the membrane on baby back ribs, then you’ll appreciate this tip I’m about to
share with you. The easiest way to remove the membrane on the back side of the
ribs, is to heat it up with hot water and that will loosen the fat that kind of
acts like glue holding the membrane to the rib cage. Then you can pry under it
with a butter knife and then use a paper towel to pull it right off. Now if you
want to make baby back ribs in an Instant Pot from frozen, you need to do a
little prep work in advance. In addition to removing the membrane like I just
showed you, you need to cut the ribs up into portion sizes so that once they’re
frozen they’ll fit inside the pressure cooker. Normally you can take a small
rack of ribs the kinds you get down at your local grocery store and curl it up
inside your Instant Pot pressure cooker. And since it is difficult or impossible
to freeze the ribs in this configuration and still get the plastic off after this
frozen, you need to divide the ribs up into
portion sizes that will fit inside the Instant Pot. How many portions you get
out of a typical rack of ribs will depend on the size of the ribs.
Whatever you decide, whatever portions you come up, with make sure that they fit
inside the pressure cooker before you put them in the freezer. I like to use a
pair of scissors to cut these ribs. That means I don’t have a cutting board to
wash. And by the way you can use these kitchen shears to portion off the ribs
after you cook them, and you still don’t have a cutting board to wash. We have
them available on our Amazon Affiliate store on our website. We’ll put a link in
the video description for those who want to get some. Once you have your portions
cut up, then you can put them in Ziploc bags and put them in the freezer. Now one
of the great things about making Instant Pot baby back ribs is that you don’t
have to get all fancy with the recipe. We’re just going to use 1 cup of
barbecue sauce, any brand, any kind you want. We’re gonna use 1 cup of water and
we’re gonna use 1/2 a tbsp of the liquid smoke. Using liquid smoke really bumps up
the flavor. And sometimes it’s hard for folks to tell that these ribs didn’t
spend four or five hours in a smoker. Now I like to put the bone sides down. But
how do you do it? How do you make your baby back ribs. After you try this recipe,
let me know in the comment section if you prefer the bones down or the meat
side down. Next you can put the lid on, rotate it to the lock position, and make
sure that the valve is set to closed. Now let’s talk about the timing for a second.
The amount of time you put on the pressure cooker control will depend on a
couple of things. How thick your rib, and how do you like your ribs when
they’re finished. If you like fall off the bone ribs, you’re definitely going to
need to put more time on the control. Personally I don’t like fall off the
bone ribs. And that’s because you wind up eating them with a fork and a knife. I’m
curious as to how much time you will be using. So after you make this recipe, come
on back and let me know in the comments section how much time you put on to
control. My preference is to cook baby back ribs so that the meat is easy to be
removed from the bone, so I am going to set the control to manual, high pressure,
for 35 minutes. When the time is up on the control, you can do any pressure
release. Now we can remove the lid and have our first peek at our Instant Pot
ribs from frozen. Let’s put them on a pan, put some barbecue sauce on them, and
slide them under the broiler. Add plenty of barbecue sauce because when it goes
under the broiler it’ll start to caramelize. Don’t walk away from them
while they’re under the broiler. And check this out, well there you go folks
now you know how to make Instant Pot ribs from frozen. And if you think we did
a good job on this video, a thumbs up would certainly be appreciated, thank you
very much. And if you have some friends who own an Instant Pot, you might think
about sharing this video with them. Thanks for watching ♥

Randall Smitham



  1. David Wheeler Posted on May 13, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    I prefer "fall off the bone" ribs.
    That way I can eat more in less time…

  2. Pat Bordash Posted on May 14, 2018 at 12:18 am

    32 minutes unfrozen – 42 frozen (I like mine fall off the bone and this time set does the trick nicely)

  3. Kitchen Tips Online Posted on May 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    If you want fall off the bone ribs from frozen, you need to put at least 45 to 55 minutes on the control. It just depends on how thick your ribs are. Let me know how much time you put on the timer and how your ribs turn out. Thanks, Mike

  4. Loretta Ferguson Posted on June 17, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    gonna try this in my new instant pot. I like fall of the bone. thanks for your help

  5. Conrad Posted on October 27, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Can u tell me how long to broil them, on high

  6. frontcentermusician Posted on November 8, 2018 at 3:16 am

    6 qt Pressure cooker. Cook mine all the time for 24 minutes. Comes out just right every time.

  7. Jc Coy Posted on January 1, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Great job! Grade A on the Video production and getting your viewers to interact! Keep up the great work and info!

  8. Tom Meyer Posted on January 9, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Where’d you get those cabinets from? Seriously.

  9. ravenblackhawke Posted on April 2, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Thanks for the video and instructions. GREAT RECIPE DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I cut ribs to fit instant pot and removed membrane and excess fat from
    both rib slabs.
     I pressure cooked 2 baby back pork BBQ rib racks in my 6 qt. instant pot for 55
    minutes on high pressure.

    I let the pressure release manually since I don't enjoy eating the ribs on the bone.
    They were so fork tender and the bones released easily. I let them cool a bit.

    Dabbed ribs with bounty towel to remove excess moisture and then I added BBQ
     pork rub by hand, and used Jack Daniels #7 spicy original BBQ sauce and brushed
     it well on all sides. Then I added foil to my baking tray, added the wire rack sprayed
    with Pam Original cooking spray and broiled them until cooked and charred on each
    side, turning over and saucing again once,
    They were eaten using only a fork, and were so tender no knife required at all.
    Made my own potato salad and refrigerated it over night , and had some with my ribs,

  10. Ronnie Nichols Posted on April 11, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Take a knife and hammer chop the frozen ribs up in 2 stacks. Throw them in.

  11. Adam B Posted on April 25, 2019 at 12:46 am


  12. Toronto Posted on May 13, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Wait – to take the membrane off you would have to thaw the ribs, remove the membrane, cut it into serving-size pieces, and then after that refreeze them? I have always understood that you shouldn't thaw meat and then freeze it again.

  13. The Sales Experience Posted on June 30, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Finger lickin good! Thanks colonel

  14. Sunny N Posted on August 26, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Trying this right now… don't have baby back, I have country style. Will edit this after dinner. Thank you so much, from a new sub! Here's one of my fave tips: To save time waiting for your I-Pot to come up to pressure, put your liquid in and set to 'saute' until your liquid gets hot. Turn it off, stir, then continue with your recipe!

    Dinner report – AWEsome! Followed your recipe exactly, and my frozen solid country ribs (8 of them) cooked perfectly! Took about 6 min to broil, and they're just plain delicious! Thank you so much!!!

  15. Libierg RT Posted on September 10, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    OMG, they were amazing, thank you so much for sharing. I did not have liquid smoke, so I used a table spoon of McCormick Grill Rub I had in the pantry, and that made the trick to get the smoked flavor. I just added it to the mixture of BBQ sauce and water. Greetings.