If you got this new pressure cooker you might be looking for an easy Crock Pot Express ribs recipe and I have one for you here! Tender fall off the bone barbecue ribs cooked in less than 30 minutes is now possible! Husband and kid approved, this is the only way I cook them now.
Are you new to pressure cooking? Maybe you’re just looking for a hearty finger licking good meal everyone in your house will rave about. Well, these easy Crock Pot Express ribs are sure to please and SO simple to make! To find more simple and delicious Crock Pot Express recipes look here. (originally published 4/18, affiliate links present)
Ribs in Crockpot Express
With just 3 ingredients needed, you can throw these together and have fall off the bone ribs done in about 30 minutes. We even have directions for pressure cooker frozen ribs here! If you like them a bit crispy a quick trip in the broiler does the trick.
Or serve right out of the pot with a side of vegetables and you have yourself the perfect comfort food. Delish right??!! First you’re going to want to remove the membrane from ribs so they turn out as tender as possible.
Crockpot Express Ribs
I’m not new to pressure cooking. I got my Instant Pot a year ago and use it several times a week. It has been a game changer for our family to eat together more often. Something that would normally take me all day, like this, is now closer to an hour to be done perfectly.
Pork is my favorite type of rack by far. If you are more of a beef lover and want to cook veggies together in the same pot you should follow our pressure cooker English short ribs instructions instead.
I recently got my Crockpot Express and was anxious to try it out and see the difference of Instant Pot vs Crock Pot Express. They are very similar other than a few buttons and both make my busy life a lot easier for sure!!
If you want to crisp up the outside then just put it under your broiler on high. Put them on a cookie sheet on the middle rack for about 4 minutes.
Crockpot Express Pork Ribs
I also have a dual toaster oven + air fryer that I love and used for this. I set it at 350 for about 4-5 minutes and it came out nice and toasty like you see here.
- It is totally up to you if you finish off these bbq ribs. Straight out of the pot they are delicious and fall off the bone tender.
- If you love the outside like you see below then just follow these steps to the perfect pressure cooker ribs!
Type of ribs to use:
- Our preference is country style pork ribs Instant Pot style
- There are baby back ribs
- Beef ribs won’t be as tender
If you start your Crockpot Express ribs and shortly after it beeps and shows an E6 code there is no need to worry. This sometimes happens and is easily fixed.
- Just release the steam valve (there is probably no steam to be let out), open your lid, adjust your ribs so they aren’t sitting flat on the bottom of the pot.
- Also make sure there is sauce in between your ribs and the bottom of your pressure cooker.
Add another 1/2 c. of water which may help avoid the code appearing again too. The E6 error code is a sign that something may be burning (but sometimes occurs when things are fine).
Sometimes it just needs just a bit more liquid. You can read more about Crockpot Express E6 error code here.
Crock Pot Express Ribs Recipe
- Rack of ribs – we prefer pork back ribs
- Barbecue sauce
- don’t choose one that is high in sugar to avoid burning (honey style isn’t good)
- this is our favorite bbq sauce
- Water or apple juice works
- If you want to add a dry rub first go right ahead
- Some like a dash of liquid smoke
- Crock Pot Express pressure cooker
To make your life easier print out our free Crock Pot Express Cook Times sheet and keep that handy. For really crispy ribs, try our air fryer ribs next!
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Baby Back Ribs Crockpot Express
Time needed: 25 minutes.
Crockpot Express Ribs
Remove rib membrane first. Then cut your rack of ribs into smaller pieces, I cut into pcs. with 4 ribs in each section. Pour 1/2 c. water into your Crock Pot Express pressure cooker, followed by 1/2 your bottle of barbecue sauce.
- Add ingredients
Put your rib pcs. inside facing upward so ribs aren’t laying flat on the bottom and cause to overheat and trigger a E6 code that means it is overheating.
Pour the rest of your barbecue sauce on top of your ribs. Add 1/2 c. water into your bbq sauce bottle, put cap on and shake to loosen remaining sauce, pour this on top of your ribs too so they are nice and coated.
Close your lid and steam valve. Cook the ribs using the meat setting, high, for 25 minutes. (if doubling this recipe I would set for 40 min for ultra fall off the bone ribs)
Do a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then quick release the rest of your steam after that.
You can serve immediately or put in an air fryer or convection oven on broiler setting 350 degrees for about 4-5 min. to gently brown the tops.
Note that 25 minutes cook time is adequate for a small rack of ribs about 2 lbs. If doubling I would set to 40 minutes. A lot faster than if you were to make ribs in Crockpot, but these will come out just as tender believe me. Allow to naturally release steam for about 5 minutes.
Crock Pot Express Ribs
- 1 rack ribs we prefer pork, they come out the tenderest, 1.8 lbs. were cooked
- 1 bottle barbecue sauce 20 oz, do not choose honey style, it will cause to possibly burn
- 1 c water
- Cut your rack of ribs into smaller pieces, I cut into pcs. with 4 ribs in each section.
- Pour 1/2 c. water into your Crock Pot Express pressure cooker, followed by 1/2 your bottle of barbecue sauce.
- Put your rib pcs. inside facing upward so ribs aren’t laying flat on the bottom and cause to overheat and trigger a E6 code that means it is overheating. (if it does I’ll tell you below what to do..no worries)
- Pour the rest of your barbecue sauce on top of your ribs.
- Add 1/2 c. water into your bbq sauce bottle, put cap on and shake to loosen remaining sauce, pour this on top of your ribs too so they are nice and coated.
- Close your lid and steam valve.
- Set your pot to the meat setting, high, for 25 minutes. (if doubling this recipe I would set for 40 min for ultra fall off the bone ribs)
- Do a natural release for 5 mintues, then release rest of your steam after that.
- You can serve immediately or put in oven or convection oven on broiler setting 350 degrees for about 4-5 min. to gently brown the tops.
Friday 20th of May 2022
How about adding some liquid smoke to the water to give the ribs a little smokey flavor?
The Typical Mom
Saturday 21st of May 2022
You could totally do that
Saturday 18th of September 2021
First recipe I found when I searched Google. Easy, Simple. made these for our dinner on a Friday night, OMG. these were so good. the infusion of the BBQ sauce into the meat was great. we did use a small amount of BBQ sauce for dipping but you really didn't need any, Thank you for Sharing.
Thursday 24th of December 2020
These turned out to good. It’s the first thing I made in my express cooker. I cook mine on high for 40 min as they were partially frozen. Then I added some broth on top before putting under the broiler for 6 min
Monday 10th of February 2020
Hi Holly, I'm cooking the ribs now but wanted to check one thing. You said 1.5 - 2 lbs of ribs but since I have 3.5 lbs. I added 2 minutes, should I have done that? I have a 10 qt pot.
Wednesday 29th of January 2020
Ive made this a few times. My son gave up dinner at his GF house because I told him I was making these ribs. 😂 I use brown sugar BBQ sauce and have no problem with burn notices.
The Typical Mom
Thursday 30th of January 2020
Yay for the dinner win!!