Ribs are a true American comfort food that come in different cuts either baby back or spareribs. Baby Back Ribs are less meaty, but tender and Spareribs have a higher meat to bone ratio and can be a little tougher, but not if you cook them properly.
Ribs usually are smoked or cooked low and slow in the oven, a minimum of at least 2 1/2 hours to prepare. This cooking process makes them a weekend food, as opposed to something you can prepare rather quickly on a weeknight.
Using the Instant Pot for cooking St. Louis Ribs or spareribs is the perfect environment for tenderizing these meaty bones. The pressure cooker of steam encapsulates the ribs and turns them into succulent perfection with an infusion of dry herbs and sauce. More importantly, your cooking time is cut down by more than half with great results.
When the ribs are done, place them under the broiler for 3 or 4 minutes for a light crunchy crust, it adds to the texture. Within 40 minutes, dinner is ready – they are especially nice tossed with greens for a contrast of flavors.
2 pounds St. Louis or Spareribs
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 shallot, minced
1/2 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups baby winter greens – spinach, kale or swiss chard
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 teaspoons olive oil + more for cooking
salt & pepper
1. In a small bowl, combine the cumin, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Rub dry herbs into ribs on both sides. Cut ribs up into 1 or 2 rib segments.
2. In a measuring cup, whisk together all the Glaze ingredients, set aside.
3. Set Instant Pot on Saute and add 2 teaspoons of olive oil and shallots. Cook shallots in the pot for 3 minutes, or until translucent. Pour in half the Glaze and cook for 1 minute. Place the ribs on top of Glaze and pour the remaining Glaze over the top. Place the lid on the pot and put value to Sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to Manual (you may need to unplug and plug back in) and cook for 40 minutes. Remove lid and place ribs on a foil lined baking sheet and brush several times with remaining glaze from pot. Place under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes. Mix greens with lemon and oil and toss with a pinch of salt & pepper. Place ribs on a serving platter with greens. Enjoy!