I know what you’re thinking … how can ribs possibly be falling-off-the-bone delicious in one hour? Yes, it is possible! These 1-Hour Spice-Rubbed Ribs truly are amazing – easy, delicious, tender and mouth-watering. So, what’s the secret? Keep reading and I’ll tell you more!
It all started a few years ago when my husband came home with a Fagor multi-pot pressure cooker/slow cooker/rice cooker combo appliance as a Christmas gift from his work. Apparently, he had a choice between a multi-pot or a juicer. Now, over the years, we’ve received numerous company gifts. I was pretty sure this one was going to end up at the thrift store at some point in the future. I was suspicious. Boy am I glad he didn’t go for the juicer. The multi-pot is amazing. It saves me a ton of time in the kitchen and turns out delicious meals several times a week for us.
Ribs in an hour? Really?
So, the secret to delicious, one-hour ribs? A pressure cooker! No, you don’t have to use a Fagor or any specific brand of pressure cooker. Mine happens to be electric, but the original stove-top version would work just fine. To begin, remove the silverskin from the ribs. That’s the thin, fatty layer on the backside of the slab. If you don’t know how to do it, watch this YouTube video from BBQ Tricks for instructions. Next, cut the ribs into 3- or 4-rib sections. Massage in the spice rub and you’re good to go. Now, at this point, you could let them marinate in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. However, you don’t have to do this if you’re ready to eat in an hour!
Once the ribs are finished in the pressure cooker (about 45 minutes total), go ahead and slide them onto the grill. Baste with barbecue sauce, turning frequently, for 10 minutes or so and they’re ready to eat. Serve with your favorite sides. We made these for the 4th of July holiday with a salad and a side of vegetables followed by Berry Cobbler. Life doesn’t get much better than that.
- 5 tablespoons paprika
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 3 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 (1 1/2- to 2-pound) racks baby back ribs, cut into 3- or 4-rib sections
- 1 cup water
- Barbecue sauce of your choice
- In a small bowl, mix together the spice rub.
- Remove the silverskin from the ribs and cut into 3- or 4-rib sections. Apply the spice rub to the ribs, massaging it into the meat.
- At this point, you can place the ribs in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Or, you can move onto the next step.
- Add the ribs to the pressure cooker, meaty side facing out. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Perform the natural release method for 15 minutes. Be sure to turn the pressure cooker off and disable the warming feature.
- While ribs cook, turn the grill to medium-high.
- Once the ribs are ready, transfer them to the grill. Brush with barbecue sauce, turning frequently, until browned and sticky, about 10 minutes.
- Serve immediately.