Instant Pot Guinness BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe

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Boy, do we LOVE our instant pot!! These Instant Pot Guinness BBQ Baby Back Ribs, ready to devour in about 1-hour start to finish, is just one of the many reasons why.

Instant Pot Guinness BBQ ribs

I must say I prefer hubby’s ribs on the smoker. The flavor you get from a smoker is second to none! That being said I am pretty happy with how these Instant Pot Guinness BBQ Baby Back Ribs turned out.

It is cold here still and tons of snow on the ground making it difficult for the smoker to come up to temp. So, wanting to get my rib fix, it was the perfect time to experiment with the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot

Hubby bought this beauty for me for my birthday! Which by the way, I was tickled pink to get from him. A gift that makes my life easier is my favorite kind of gift! It’s the most thoughtful. Plus I really love to cook and try new things so anything kitchen related is always a hit.

Did you happen to notice how shiny and clean it still is? My homemade all-purpose cleaner and a dry cloth is my secret for stainless steel! Click HERE to try it.

Maybe a new Tradition?

St. Patrick’s Day traditionally means corned beef and cabbage in our house. This will probably never change because I drool just thinking about it. But if you’re not a fan of corned beef and cabbage consider these Guinness ribs as your celebratory meal. They are delicious and ridiculously easy to make in the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Guinness BBQ baby back Ribs
A six-quart Instant Pot will hold two racks of pork baby back ribs. Share on X

I was pretty surprised they both fit with no problem.

The first thing you need to do

is remove that membrane on the backside of the rack of ribs. It is tough and chewy and that is never a good thing unless your eating jerky.

Pork ribs

Start at the thick side of the rack. Use a sharp knife to get under the membrane and peel a small amount back. Grab the membrane firmly and peel back. It can be difficult to get a good grip on it because it is slippery so using a paper towel to grab the membrane will help you pull it back. It should pull off in one piece.

Second, rub those babies down with your favorite BBQ rub. We like to make our own with a little smoked paprika for added smoke flavor.

Instant Pot Guinness BBQ baby back ribs

Future famous hand model?

Instant Pot Guinness BBQ baby back ribs


Now it’s time to get them in the pot.

Add the Guinness, apple cider vinegar, and liquid smoke to the Instant Pot liner. Place the wire rack that came with your Instant Pot into the bottom.

Put the ribs in the pot in a circle like so:

Instant Pot Guinness BBQ baby back ribs

Lock the lid in place and turn the pressure release to sealing. Press the Meat/Stew button or Manual button.

Use the plus or minus buttons to adjust the time to 25 minutes.

When the timer ends, hit the cancel button to turn off the pressure cooker. Allow a natural release of pressure for 10 minutes. Turn the pressure release to venting until the pressure is fully released. Pull the ribs out and slather with your favorite barbecue sauce. Place under the broiler or on the grill for 5 minutes until the sauce is caramelized.

Instant Pot Guinness BBQ baby back ribs


Instant pot Guinness BBQ baby back ribs

Instant Pot Guinness BBQ Baby Back Ribs Printable Recipe

Leigh Ann
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1/2 cup BBQ rub
  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke


  • 1. After you have removed the membrane and applied your favorite BBQ rub, allow the ribs to marinate 30 minutes (optional). 
    2. Pour Guinness, apple cider vinegar, and liquid smoke into your stainless steel Instant Pot liner. Insert the wire rack that came with your Instant Pot, and place ribs on top of the rack in a circle.
    3. Put the lid on your Instant Pot and turn the pressure release to sealing.
    4. Press the meat or manual button and set the time to 25 minutes using the plus or minus button.
    5. When the time is up hit cancel and allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release until pressure is fully released.
    6. Finally, slather your favorite sauce on the ribs and broil for 5 minutes or throw them on the grill to caramelize the sauce. 


The actual cook time is 25 minutes but your Instant Pot takes about 10 minutes to come up to pressure before starting the cooking time. If you prefer a dry rib, (no sauce) put them on the grill with no sauce for about 5 minutes just to crisp up the edges of the meat and fat.
Keyword BBQ Ribs

Considering an Instant Pot? Read This First!

I have had my instant pot for exactly 21 days now and have used it quite a bit. So far I have made:

  • Antelope Carnitas
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta
  • Chicken Wings (Twice!)
  • Deer Roast
  • Guinness BBQ Baby Back Ribs
  • Spaghetti
  • Vegetable Elk Burger Soup

Everything I have tried so far came out perfect! And done lickety-split! That is probably my single most favorite thing about the Instant Pot.

With two kids in basketball winding down this last month it sure has been a lifesaver. Those busy nights can be brutal on my wallet and probably my health. Most of those nights we opt for fast food whether we want to or not. :/ Not the greatest choice in food for student-athletes either.

The Carnitas and the Chicken Wings were cooked from frozen! Perfect for when I forget to take the meat out of the freezer.

As you may have noticed from my list, we eat mostly wild meat. With the exception of the occasional chicken or pork meal. For the last seventeen years, I have tried countless times to make a tender, moist wild game roast. To no avail!


nothing beats a beef roast when you’re craving the classic roast with potatoes and carrots. However, with my most recent attempt at a wild roast in the Instant Pot, FINALLY success!! It could stand up to any beef roast! Words cannot express how happy this makes me!! You could cut it with a fork, perfectly juicy and tender!

I love this thing so much I am considering getting a second one. Currently, I have the 6-quart, 6 in 1 multi-use programmable Lux series Instant Pot. Six in one means it is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer in one. For my family of five, this 6-quart size has worked well!

We have had leftovers of every meal! Which is great because my family loves leftovers for lunch. There are many different models to choose from. Some with more features. For example, mine doesn’t have the one-touch yogurt button as this one does.

There are a few things I like about this one better than mine.


it has the coveted yogurt button. Click HERE to find out from sparkles to sprinkles, how you can make yogurt in your Instant Pot if you don’t have the yogurt button.

Second, I really like the style of the handle. It seems less awkward and more ergonomically designed.

Third, I also love that there is a feature with the lid that allows you to rest it on the side of the pot. Allowing for all the condensation on the inside of the lid to go back into the pot and not all over my countertop.

If you want the top of the Line

Check out this big fella! The be all end all of Instant Pot pressure cookers.

This guy does it all and then some! You can even pressure can all your homegrown vegetables and freshly caught fish with this one! Be still my heart.

Amazon has tons of really cool accessories to go along with your Instant Pot. So far I have the 7-inch springform pan for things like cheesecake, crust-less quiche, and lasagne.


And the tempered glass lid to use during sauté or slow cooking. Also, it’s great for quick storage in the refrigerator.

Instant Pot lid and spring form pan

Instant Pot Accessories

A few more things to get the most out of your new-found love!

The extra sealing rings are great because they tend to hold food odor. I plan to use one for meat, one for vegetables and one for cakes and sweets.

The gigantic steaming basket is going to be great for cooking up a huge batch of hard-boiled eggs. Apparently, it will cook 18 eggs all at once!

Last but not least, this bakeware sling is going to keep me from accidentally slinging my cheesecake on to the floor. Pun intended.

With any pressure cooker, there is definitely a learning curve. That being said, this appliance is very easy to use. I was pleasantly surprised by its ease of use.

I hope you give these ribs a try! Let me know what you think!

Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

🙂 Leigh Ann

Leigh Ann Schooley is the owner and founder of Making My Abode, a blog dedicated to helping homemakers live well and simply on one income. She is a believer, wife, and mother of three with more than sixteen years of homemaking experience. Leigh Ann is the recipient of the Wife of The Year award eighteen years running. She has also won the Mother of The Year award every year for the past sixteen years. She is a Colorado native raised by her dad who taught her almost everything she knows. Leigh Ann lives with her husband and family in Colorado.

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