Life Under Pressure: Cooking Series: BBQ Pork Ribs

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A few weeks ago, I decided to give pressure cooking another try.  I had a pressure cooker when I first got married (18 years ago) and I was NOT impressed.  I never learned how to use it correctly and then never used it.

So, I purchased an electric pressure cooker and it arrived yesterday.  The first thing that I wanted to try was Pork Ribs.  Why? Because I love pork ribs, but don’t have the time necessary to cook them for hours to get them tender.

I searched for recipes online and there were so few for the pressure cooker, that I had to just look at the basics of cooking ribs and then wing it from there.

Here is what I did:

Dry Rub:
3 Tablespoons of Dry Mustard
2 teaspoons of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of granulated garlic
1 teaspoon of fresh cracked pepper
1 Tablespoon of Chili powder

1-2 Tablespoons of prepared Yellow Mustard

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion (Chopped)
3/4 cups of water
1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce + 2 Tablespoons for browning at the end

3-4 Pound Rack of St. Louis Style Pork Ribs (Cut into 3 bone sections)

After cutting the pork ribs into 3 bone sections, dry the meat very well.  Then, rub the meat side of each section with yellow mustard.  Sprinkle the ingredients of the dry rub on to the meat and rub it in.

While those are sitting, add 1 Tablespoon of Olive oil to your pressure cooker.  If it is electric, turn it to brown and saute the onions until softened.  Add all the rest of the ingredients including the Ribs to the pressure cooker.  (Just a heads up, if your pressure cooker calls for more than 1-1/4 cup of liquid to reach full pressure, then you will need to add a little more of your liquid ingredients.)

Pressurize your cooker to high and cook on high for 30 minutes.  Let the pressure drop naturally for about 5 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure.  Place the rib sections on a pan and brush them with a little more BBQ Sauce.   Place under broiler for a few minute or until browned to desired color.

That is it!  In a little over 30 minutes…you have YUMMY ribs from home.  That is less time than it would take to order a pizza or send the hubby out for take out ribs.



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  1. I’m looking forward to your recipe series, that’s great that you are sharing your experience with your readers!!



  2. Thank you so much for your kind words. I took a look at your site…and I LOVE IT!

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