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Healthy Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs

dinner gluten free instant pot main dish paleo Feb 18, 2020

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Having lived right outside of Boston for the past three years, I completely understand why New Englanders love their comfort food during the winter! I don't know about you, but all I want to do during the winter is snuggle under some warm sheets with a pint of Sam Adams in one hand and a Union Square Maple Bacon Donut in the other!

Must be a New England thing... or maybe just what I dream of doing thing?  

At any rate, as the weather has been particularly brutal these past few days, I felt inspired to get into the kitchen to whip up something that would warm me up this winter, and would definitely be healthier than a pint of beer and donut. That's why in this week's episode of A Spoonful of Soul, I whipped up three healthy and delicious, southern-inspired recipes that you will love!

We prepared a Healthy Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs, Southern-Style Collard Greens and Mashed Sweet Potatoes! This main dish and sides are perfect to warm you up this winter. Read through to try it yourself and get the other recipes below: 

Healthy Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs

SERVES: 2 to 4 | PREP TIME: 20 Mins | COOK TIME: 24 Mins |  TOTAL TIME: 44 Mins


  • 2 lbs pork ribs 
  • 1 tbsp chili powder 
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce 
  • 1 tbsp molasses 
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard



  1. Clean the ribs and set aside. 
  2. In a small bowl combine chili powder, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, and cumin. Set aside. 
  3. Evenly sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of the ribs. 
  4. Set a trivet inside the inner pot. 
  5. Pour in the water and place the ribs inside coiling them around the inner pot.
  6. Seal the Instant Pot making sure the pressure valve is turned to "sealing." 
  7. Set to HIGH manual pressure for 20 minutes. It should take about 15 minutes to come to pressure. 
  8. In a saucepan combine barbecue sauce, molasses, and dijon over medium-low heat. 
  9. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.  
  10. When the 20 minutes is up, turn the pressure valve to "venting" to quick release. 
  11. Using tongs remove the ribs from the inner pot and place them on a baking sheet.
  12. Brush the ribs with the barbecue sauce on all sides. 
  13. Broil or grill the ribs for 3-4 minutes.
  14. Serve immediately. 


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