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Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs – Keto, Low Carb

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Ready in half the time of the oven AND keto-friendly, our Brown Sugar Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs are unbelievably tender and delicious!

cooked baby back ribs in basket in front of an Instant Pot

Brown Sugar Instant Pot Pork Ribs

Baby back ribs used to be my go-to whenever I went out to eat at a restaurant. I’ve tried LOTS of different styles and flavors and I just can’t help but come back for more!

However, making baby back ribs keto is a whole other story! Would they taste as good? Not to mention that it usually takes over two hours to bake them!

My friends, that is why I love the Instant Pot! Did you know that you can cook baby back ribs in the Instant Pot? It takes a fraction of the time it usually takes to bake them, and with our Keto Instant Pot Ribs recipe there is only ONE gram of net carbs per serving! ONE GRAM!!

This is a “mustard BBQ” recipe as opposed to traditional red barbecue sauce. Mustard barbecue is a Carolina classic with mustard, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and other spices. It’s sweet and tangy and totally addicting!

I already love mustard bbq sauce from my childhood vacations in South Carolina, but I love it even more now because it makes Instant pot ribs easy to adapt to the keto diet using a brown sugar substitute like Swerve.

Y’all I’m drooling already! Let’s get cooking!

Related: Love Keto Instant Pot recipes? Check out our Keto Instant Pot Chicken Breasts – Easy and SUPER Juicy!

rack of baby back ribs cooked in an Instant Pot

Why I Love This Recipe:

  • Ready in half the time it takes to bake baby back ribs in the oven.
  • Less mess than ribs covered in sauce, but with all of the flavor!
  • Our keto baby back ribs have only 1 gram of net carbs per serving!

You’ll Need:

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How to Make Ribs in the Instant Pot

Lay your baby ribs on a clean work space and coat generously with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the brown sugar, paprika, and mustard powder over the ribs and massage into the meat.
seasoned baby back ribs on cutting board

Place ribs in Instant Pot – we usually curl them up to fit. Add apple cider vinegar and water.

baby back ribs in the Instant pot

TIP: If you like a smoky finish, add a teaspoon of liquid smoke to the cooking liquid. This is totally optional! I know liquid smoke is one of those love it or hate it things.

Secure the Instant Pot lid and select the meat setting with a cook time for 45 minutes.

TIP: For an extra crispy coating, you can cook in the Instant Pot for 35 minutes and then set under the broiler of your oven for 2 minutes.

Use the natural release on your Instant Pot to vent the pressure.

Enjoy!

a rack of baby back ribs cooked in Instant pot

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Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs - Keto, Low Carb

Ready in half the time of the oven AND keto-friendly, our Brown Sugar Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs are unbelievably tender and delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baby back ribs, dinner, Instant Pot, Instant Pot Ribs, meatballs, protein, Ribs
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 672
Author: Stacey
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • 3 Lbs Pork Ribs
  • 1/4 Cup Swerve Brown Sugar Substitute
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Salt / Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke optional

Instructions

  • Sprinkle salt and pepper over the ribs.
  • Rub brown sugar, paprika, and mustard powder into the meat.
  • Place ribs in Instant Pot.
  • Add apple cider vinegar and water to pot.
  • For a smokey finish, add a teaspoon of liquid smoke to the cooking liquid (optional).
  • Secure the Instant Pot lid and set for 45 minutes on meat setting.
  • Use the natural release on your Instant Pot to vent the pressure.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.
Net Carbs: 1g per serving
Prep Tip: If you want a crispy finish, you can cook in the Instant Pot for 35 minutes and then set under the broiler of your oven for 2 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 672kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 637mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 837IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3mg

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Ready in half the time of the oven AND keto-friendly, our Brown Sugar Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs are unbelievably tender and delicious!

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