Instant Pot Hawaiian Barbecue Ribs

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Making ribs has never been easier then making them in the Instant Pot!  Instant Pot Ribs are super tender and have a mouthwatering sweet and sticky Hawaiian Barbecue sauce.

I’ve had my Instant Pot for about a year now and I really like it.  In fact, I like it so much that I got rid of my slow cooker.

The Instant Pot has a slow cooker feature on it if I ever want to use it but I’ll be honest, I find myself using the pressure cooker feature most of the time.  I’ve even been adapting slow cooker recipes to use in the pressure cooker and after some trial and error I’m pretty good at it now.

Looking for an easy dinner recipe? Try these fall off the bone Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Ribs!

This is one of those recipes.   The original recipe called for a slow cooker which is fine but I wanted to make these ribs a whole lot faster.  There’s nothing better then fall off the bone ribs but I find that you either have to cook them in the oven forever or make them in the slow cooker.  So I was really excited to try them in the Instant Pot.

I have several rib recipes that I really enjoy making.  For grilled ribs these Grilled BBQ Pork Ribs can’t be beat.  One of my favorite ribs recipes are these Bourbon BBQ Ribs which are bursting with flavor.  Then we have super tender Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Ribs.

Instant Pot BBQ Hawaiian Ribs

The first thing I had to adjust is that I had to cut both my racks of ribs in half so that they would fit into the Instant Pot.  If you can’t fit 2 whole racks in there then go with one and a half.  I also added in the metal trivet so that the ribs weren’t sitting on the bottom of the pot which turned out to be a really good idea since these have to cook at high pressure for a long time.

I simply rubbed the ribs with salt and pepper and sprinkled them with chile powder and put them in the Instant Pot.  Then I added in some liquid, put the lid on, and let the pressure cooker do its magic.

I was a little scared that the lid would fly off or something would go wrong but everything turn out fine.  I cooked them for 45 minutes, let the pressure release for 10 minutes, then released the rest of the pressure naturally.

These super tender ribs are made in the Instant Pot and and totally delicious!

When I went to pull the ribs off they began falling off the bone!  That’s when you know they are tender.  I was really excited for how tender they turned out.   I placed them all on a baking sheet and brushed them with the Hawaiian Barbecue Sauce then broiled them in the oven until they were sticky and delicious.

Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Ribs are tender and super flavorful

I bit into one and I thought it was really tasty.   The barbecue sauce is a little sweet and little sticky while the ribs have a bit of heat behind them from the chile powder.   The ribs are so tender and juicy and went well with the sauce.   I’ll definitely be making these ribs again soon!

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Looking for an easy dinner recipe? Try these fall off the bone Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Ribs!

Instant Pot Hawaiian Barbecue Ribs

Yield: serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Make ribs in the Instant Pot with a sweet and sticky Hawaiian Barbecue sauce.


  • 2 small racks of ribs (1 1/2 to 2 pounds each) cut in half
  • Kosher salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons chile powder
  • 1 1/4 c. prepared barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 c. vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 c. pineapple juice
  • 1/4 c. ketchup


  1. Place the metal trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Sprinkle the ribs with salt and pepper. Rub them with the vegetable oil then rub with the chile powder.
  2. Place the rack of ribs inside the pot.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce, the vinegar, ginger, and garlic. Pour over top of the ribs in the pot. Add an additional 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  4. Place the lid on the pot and set on high pressure for 45 minutes.
  5. At the end of the 45 minutes allow the steam to release naturally for 10 minutes then release the remaining steam manually.
  6. Remove the ribs from the pot and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Preheat the broiled in your oven.
  7. In a small bowl whisk together the remaining barbecue sauce, pineapple juice, ketchup, and 1/4 cup of the liquid from the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  8. Broil the ribs for 3-5 minutes or until the sauce is sticky.
  9. Brush the sauce over top of the ribs.


Recipe adapted from Food Network

Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Ribs

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