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Instant Pot/Slow Cooker St Louis Style Ribs

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 53 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


The best (and easiest) ribs that you can make at home. Fork tender meat that practically falls off the bone. The ribs are seasoned with a dry rub, either pressure cooked or slow cooked, glazed with barbecue sauce, and then stuck under the broiler.


  • 2 1/2 lbs St Louis-Style Spareribs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup your favorite barbecue sauce


  1. Remove the silver skin off of the ribs. Place the rack of ribs on a cookie sheet. In a bowl stir together the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, oregano and brown sugar. Rub the seasonings all over the ribs, top and bottom. Place the cookie sheet into the fridge and let is sit there for at least 30 minutes (I did 45 minutes).
  2. If cooking in the Instant Pot place trivet in bottom and pour in one cup of water. Place the ribs in the Instant Pot so that the ribs coil around the inside of the pot. Cover and press valve to “sealing.” Press manual and set the timer to 28 minutes. Once the timer beeps let the pressure come down naturally for 25 minutes and then open the Instant Pot.
  3. If cooking in the slow cooker, wrap the ribs around the inside of the crock. Pour the water in the bottom. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Remove the ribs from the pressure cooker/slow cooker and place on a cookie sheet. Turn on the broiler of your oven. Baste the ribs on both sides with plenty of barbecue sauce. Broil for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and enjoy!


I used my 6 quart Instant Pot for this recipe.
I used my 6 quart slow cooker for this recipe.