Whole30 + Keto Instant Pot BBQ Ribs
Fall off the bone tender Whole30 + Keto BBQ Ribs Recipe + Video. Made in the instant pot in under an hour! The BEST low carb ribs you’ll ever have! Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean eating, real food.
THESE ARE THE BEST RIBS I’VE EVER HAD!
Sorry for screaming at your eyes. But OH MY GOD! Stop everything you are doing right now and buy all the ingredients you need to make these ribs and make them once a week until summer is over.
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Best Instant Pot Whole30 + Keto Ribs
If you’re like me, the idea of making ribs seems intimidating. But these are so insanely easy and come out perfect every time! Best part? They’re ready in under an hour!
All thanks to my new best friend, my Instant Pot.
You rub the ribs with a dry rub, then put them in the instant pot for 25 minutes. 25 minutes is the perfect amount of time for tender ribs that fall off the bone, but still have the tiniest amount of chew to it.
Then you brush the ribs with bbq sauce (I love my homemade whole30 + keto version the most!), and broil them for 5-8 minutes in the oven. This gives the ribs that caramelized char. You could also finish them on the BBQ, but honestly the oven is a whole lot easier and just as delicious. I find the ribs tend to stick to the grill, and I don’t want to waste any meat here!
Can You Put 2 Racks of Ribs in the Instant Pot?
I have the 6 quart Instant Pot, and I could easily fit 2, even 3 racks of ribs in there. If they ribs are touching it’s ok. You just want to put them in vertical, so the rib bones are going up and down.
I get my ribs from ButcherBox (which I highly recommend! Best hormone and antibiotic free pork!). The rack of ribs are already cut in half, so they easily fit in the instant pot. If you have a full rack, you can curve them to fit inside but I recommend cutting them in half for easiest handling. The ribs are going to be extremely tender when done cooking, and taking a full rack out without it falling off the bone can be tricky.
No need to adjust the cook time if you’re cooking more than 1 rack of ribs in the instant pot. It will still be 25 minutes, with a 15 minute naturally release of pressure.
Can You Cook Frozen Ribs in the Instant Pot?
If your ribs are already frozen, you can cook them straight from frozen in the Instant Pot! Just increase the cooking time to 35 minutes, with a 15 minute natural release of pressure.
However, you’ll want to make sure your ribs are already cut in half so they will easily fit inside. The full rack of ribs won’t curve when frozen.
Also, make sure the ribs aren’t frozen to each other in a huge block. If they’re frozen together and touching, they won’t cook evenly.
Serving Whole30 + Keto Instant Pot BBQ Ribs
After you take the ribs out of the oven (or off the grill), allow them to cool for 2 or 3 minutes. Then, using a large chef knife cut each rib for easy serving. 1 rack is enough to serve about 4 people, with each person getting 3 ribs.
I love serving my paleo + whole30 ribs with extra bbq sauce, my whole30 creamy potato salad, and asparagus. My favorite summer dinner!
Watch How To Make Instant Pot Ribs Recipe Video:
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Whole30 + Keto Instant Pot BBQ Ribs
- 1 rack pork ribs, I get my ribs from ButcherBox, which I highly recommend!
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 cup water
- homemade Whole30 BBQ sauce
- If the ribs have the membrane skin on the back, remove it.
- Combine the salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder and onion powder in a small bowl, stir to combine.
- Top both sides of the ribs with the dry rub, and rub in.
- Place the trivet inside your Instant Pot. Pour in 1 cup of water.
- Stand the ribs upright inside, so the bones are vertical. My ButcherBox ribs come pre-cut in half. If you have a full rack, you can curve it around to fit inside or cut them smaller. Close with the lid. Make sure the vent is in the sealed position.
- Cook on manual pressure for 25 minutes. Naturally release pressure for 15 minutes, then do a quick release.
- After the 25 minutes, preheat your oven on broil. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place the ribs on the baking sheet. Brush with BBQ sauce.
- Broil the ribs in your oven for 5-8 minutes, until charred and crispy. Keep a close eye on them. My oven takes exactly 7 minutes. (You can also do this on your BBQ, but I prefer the oven)
- Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Slice the ribs and serve.
- Leftovers will keep in an airtight container for 5 days.
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51 Comments on “Whole30 + Keto Instant Pot BBQ Ribs”
What if I don’t have the trivet?
You can skip if you don’t have it.
These were great!! So easy and they literally fell off the bone…like they were hard to get out of the IP because they kept falling off ;) Made the BBQ sauce too and it was yummy! I definitely liked it better than some of the bottles ones I’ve tried recently. Great, easy weeknight dinner option.
Love this, Robyn! So glad you enjoyed this recipe and the BBQ sauce! They are SO so so good! My family loves this one too!
These are my favorite ribs ever! I have been making them ever since I did the whole 33 years ago but I have a question: Can I make these in the instant pot, freeze them, then thaw them out, put bbq sauce on them and bbq them when camping?
Hi Paige! For SURE! You can freeze them in the bbq sauce, then thaw and cook camping. Genius!
Meat was flavorful and fell right off the bone! Super simple too!
That’s great. Your recipes are always delicious and I have tried many of your recipes. I love to try your recipes on weekends because it’s my hobby to try new dishes. I will surely try this one too because that looks yummy. Can you suggest to me the cheapest electric smoker which I can buy for BBQ recipes?
Thank you so much for your kind words about my recipes Angelina. I am so glad you enjoy them. I love that your weekends are trying new recipes. Sounds like heaven to me! :)
I am certainly not an expert on smokers but I did find this article that may be helpful for you:
Both Home Depot and Amazon sell smokers for around $120.00. Amazon is great because you can read all the reviews. Sorry that I can’t actually recommend one for you, but I hope this information is helpful.