Instant Pot Beef Ribs

Instant Pot Beef Ribs

These instant pot beef ribs are both, melt-in-your-mouth delicious and oh so juicy. Fran picked up a couple of packages of bone-in beef short ribs.

We debated the cooking options, either, braised in a cast-iron skillet or use the instant pot. We choose the instant pot.

Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs Recipe

The very first thing was to get these seasoned and ready to cook. So, I used a rub that I made last summer for this Long Smoked Pulled Pork recipe we did in our smoker.

Ingredients for the Rub:

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
2 tablespoons Sea Salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
3 tablespoons Carolina Seasoning (Rub Some Butt)

I rubbed all sides of the beef ribs with this rub, and let them set in the refrigerator for about an hour. I make this rub ahead and keep it in a jar. It's great to use on beef, pork, or chicken. So, it's perfect to always have it on hand.

Instant Pot Short Rib Recipe

Browning the short ribs. Add about 2 tablespoons of oil in the bottom of the instant pot. Set it on saute until it reaches hot.

Set the ribs in, and brown them on all sides, about 3 to 4 minutes per side should do it. Remove them from the instant pot to a plate.

Instant Pot Beef Ribs Recipe

Now add a thickly sliced medium onion and one clove of minced garlic into the instant pot. Add 1/2 cup of bourbon or red wine to De-Glaze the bottom of the instant pot.

You want all of the caramelized bits to blend with the bourbon or wine, use a wooden spoon to do this by gently scraping the bottom.  By the way, we used bourbon.

Add the short ribs back into the pot. Pour in 1/2 cup of beef broth, add a teaspoon of dried thyme, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 5 cloves of chopped garlic.

 Set the instant pot to High Pressure for 45 minutes, and let release naturally for 15 minutes.

This method will produce juicy, tender and fall of the bone beef short ribs. We served ours with mashed potatoes.


4 or 5 bone-in beef short ribs
6 cloves of Chopped garlic (use one for De-glaze)
1 medium onion sliced
1/2 cup of bourbon or red wine
1/2 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme

If you don't use the dry rub that I have above, you can season the short ribs with salt, pepper, paprika, and some cayenne pepper.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy it.


  1. Replies
    1. These beef ribs were really good. Thanks so much Brenda for stopping by :)

  2. Looks delicious, Sam. What time is dinner? LOL. Seriously, thanks for the recipe. :)

  3. Pat, you are welcome here anytime for dinner. These really did come out better than I expected. Thanks :)


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