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Orange Whiskey Instant Pot Ribs

This recipe for Instant Pot Ribs is flavored with the mellow tones of a whiskey steam bath and a coating of your favorite barbecue sauce with a little orange juice mixed in with it.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4


For the Instant Pot Ribs

  • 3 lbs pork ribs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whiskey

For the Sauce

  • 1/2 cup water and whiskey from the liquid leftover after pressure cooking is finsished
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce ue your favorite store brand or make your own
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • flour if needd for thckening agent


  1. Add water and whiskey to bottom of Instant Pot and after removing white membrane sheath from bone side of ribs, place the ribs into the Instant Pot as shown. Close lid, making sure that vent knob is in "sealing" position. Use the manual setting and pressure cook for 30 minutes. Allow for full natural release at end of cycle. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Use kitchen tongs to remove rack of ribs from Instant Pot and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Reserve 1/2 cup of cooking liquid and discard remaining liquid.
  3. Set Instant Pot to high sauté and return reserved cooking liquid to pot. Use a wooden spoon to stir in barbecue sauce, orange juice and red pepper flakes. Reduce while stirring, to achieve desired consistency and sprinkle in a little flour if necessary to thicken sauce.

  4. Cover the rack of ribs with sauce and place in hot oven for 15 minutes. You can keep these warm in the oven for longer if you want but be sure to cover in foil so they don't dry out.

Recipe Notes

To remove the membrane from the ribs, take a look at this post from Platter Talk.

Adjust amount of sauce, as desired. Its always good to have an extra bowl for dipping or splashing a little extra on these ribs.