The Best Instant Pot Keto Ribs Recipe

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The Best Instant Pot Keto Ribs Recipe – the easiest, fastest way to get tender, delicious, melt in your mouth Keto BBQ ribs right from your Instant Pot!

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There is nothing better than delicious, tender, and flavorful ribs for gameday – they are hearty and filling, and work perfectly for a keto diet – plus they are easy to serve for a crowd!

These amazingly delicious – and crazy easy – ribs are based off my recipe for the Best Smoked Ribs Ever.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, and don’t want to smoke ribs, please check out my Best Ever Baked Ribs – delicious keto ribs, right from your oven – or my Best Ever Slow Cooker Ribs for melt-in-your-mouth ribs from the slow cooker!

All can be made keto – simply swap golden monkfruit sweetener for the brown sugar in the rub, and make sure to grab a bottle of keto approved BBQ sauce.

And if you’re looking for the BEST chicken to go along with these ribs for gameday – be sure to get my top-reviewed BBQ Baked Chicken Drumsticks recipe!

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Keto Instant Pot Ribs

Ribs are an awesome party food for those following a keto diet – but it is essential to make sure you’re using a keto-approved bbq sauce and rub.

I am giving you my best rib rub recipe (from my outrageously delicious best ever smoked ribs recipe that has had a ton of great reviews) below – but you can use any rib rub you love.

I suggest low-sugar BBQ sauces for ribs – and rounding up some below:

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How To Prep Ribs For Instant Pot

Ribs are a cut of meat that need to be trimmed well for the best flavor – and so they aren’t chewy and tough.

Ribs come with a silver skin often over the ribs – trimming the most of this tough tendon off the rib will greatly improve the flavor of your oven baked ribs – so don’t skip this step.

picture of ribs with bbq sauce on baking sheet

How To Trim Silver Skin Off Ribs

  • Run a knife under the silver skin to separate the membrane from the rib meat.
  • If the silver skin resists in one spot, try another.
  • Once you have separated enough with a knife, grab silver skin tightly and pull to remove from the ribs.
  • If silver skin breaks in one spot, loosen it again with a knife to remove it completely.
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How To Cook Ribs in Instant Pot

The best instant pot ribs are simple – but there are a couple tips and tricks to make sure you have perfect ribs, every time.

Dry Rub

After removing silver skin from your ribs, generously cover with dry rub to help create a “smoky” flavor – right in the IP!
Smoked paprika helps bring out a grilled meat flavor, without the grill.

Use a trivet

Placing the ribs up above the water needed to bring your instant pot to pressure is essential – you’re not boiling ribs, you’re cooking them!

Finish With Crisp Lid

Finish with a crisping lid for crunchy ribs! For a delicious, crunchy BBQ sauce bark, use a crisping lid or broil ribs after baking for 5-10 minutes.

To buy your own crisping lid for your instant pot, click here.

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The Best Rib Rub Recipe

This rib rub is slightly modified from the one found in my slow cooker ribs, baked ribs and smoked ribs – we’re replacing the brown sugar with golden monkfruit sweetener.

If you’re not watching carbs, swap that out for brown sugar.

Rib Rub Ingredients

  • Tablespoon of garlic powder
  • Tablespoon of season salt
  • Tablespoon of oregano
  • Tablespoon of cumin
  • Tablespoon of golden monkfruit sweetener

How Long To Cook Ribs in Instant Pot

  • To Cook Baby Back Ribs In an Instant Pot, cook for 25 Minutes
  • To Cook spare ribs in an Instant Pot, cook for 30 Minutes
    • For high altitude cooking (I’m in Colorado!), cook 5 minutes longer.
  • Technically, ribs are overcooked when they are “fall off the bone” tender, even though that is popular (I’ll admit, I love fall off the bone ribs). To get them extra tender, cook an extra five minutes.
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What to Serve with Keto Instant Pot Ribs

If you’re looking for delicious gameday worthy sides for a keto party, look no further!

I get more questions on what to serve with ribs than any other dish, so I hope these picks help you out!

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Bbq ribs on a baking sheet using the best instant pot keto ribs recipe.

The Best Instant Pot Keto Ribs Recipe

Delicious keto ribs cooked in an instant pot are the perfect summertime main dish!
Course Ribs
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, instant pot, instant pot keto, keto, keto bbq, keto ribs, mani dishes summer, ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 149kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell


  • 1 rack pork ribs
  • Tablespoon of garlic powder
  • Tablespoon of season salt
  • Tablespoon of oregano
  • Tablespoon of cumin
  • Tablespoon of golden monkfruit sweetener
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup apple juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups keto bbq sauce


  • Remove ribs from refrigerator and pat dry. Let come to room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine rub ingredients.
  • Cover ribs with rub, working into meat with your hands.
  • Place trivet in instant pot.
  • Add water and apple cider vinegar or apple juice.
  • Place ribs in instant pot, add lid, and set to seal.
  • Cook for 30 minutes and let naturally release.
  • Remove ribs from Instant Pot and cover with BBQ sauce.
  • Return ribs to Instant Pot with crisping lid and cook another 5 minutes (NOT AT PRESSURE), or broil in the oven for five minutes.
  • Optional: cut ribs individually to broil (as pictured) with tons of sauce for a crunchy bark.


Serving: 2ribs | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 790mg | Fiber: 1g

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  1. Edyta Kieltyka says:

    Can I use regular bbq sauce?

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      You totally can – any sauce you love! If you’re going for keto, watch the carbs, if not – pick anything you love!

  2. Larry Haines says:

    I just found your web site, and enjoy reading your history, and your different types of recipes. I’m an old retired gentleman (some may differ), but anyway I’m learning to cook. I have a wide array of recipes I have gathered. I like learning to cook more on my instant pot, and my air fryer.
    I am a big fan of Baby Backs, and have some good recipes.
    In reading your rib recipe for Instant pot, you never mentioned which setting to use. Seasoned cooks probably know instinctively which setting.
    I could probably figure it out, but ribs can be expensive, so I don’t want to ruin them.

    Thank you, I’ll watch for your reply.