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Apple Glazed Instant Pot Ribs

Apple and Pork is a match made in heaven and these Apple Glazed Instant Pot Ribs take that idea to a whole new level.

Apple and Pork is a match made in heaven and these Apple Glazed Instant Pot Ribs take that idea to a whole new level.

Apple Glazed Instant Pot Ribs.

I have been making apple glazed pork ribs for what feels like forever! So it was inevitable that they turn into Instant Pot ribs!

Let’s face it pork and apple and pork are a match made in heaven and it ‘just works’.

As far as I am concerned it is just one of those food relationships that are unquestioned. You really must check out my Instant Pot Pork Belly with Apple recipe!

This recipe was the first rib recipe in my Instant Pot, to cut a long story short, it will not be the last.

I have to say more than anything else I have pressure cooked so far, ribs are a stand out winner.

My guess is that cooking under pressure and at a certain temperature does something to the fat and sinew. It seems to render down in a completely different way to other cooking methods.

Now, this is a guess, I am no scientist and I really don’t care why it happens. All I know is it is awesome!

Apple and Pork is a match made in heaven and these Apple Glazed Instant Pot Ribs take that idea to a whole new level.

How to Cook Ribs In A Pressure Cooker.

Regular readers will know that I am fond of ribs. This is the 4th rib recipe here on Krumpli, all cooked in a slightly different way.

All really tasty and all get the ‘Jones’ seal of approval. However, cooking ribs in a pressure cooker is now my favourite way!

All of my rib recipes, not just the apple glazed ribs will become Instant Pot Ribs.

Cooking ribs in the pressure cooker is simple, ribs, flavouring and as little liquid as you can get away with. Then cook at high pressure for between 15 and 30 minutes with a slow pressure release.

But the real secret to cooking ribs in any pressure cooker is in the finishing.

Ribs benefit from a sticky glaze and a pressure cooker is a wet cooking environment. This means no way of getting a glaze!

The best way to achieve this is to fire up your broiler, oven or even BBQ and get it nice and hot. Then when the ribs are resting a little either make a glaze or reduce down the contents of the cooking liquid.

All you have to do then is brush this over and give them 10 minutes to colour and get sticky.

As far as I am concerned the BBQ or Grill is the very best way to do this!

In fact if it wasn’t so damn cold out there right now I would be firing up that bad boy as I type this as I am now drooling!

Apple and Pork is a match made in heaven and these Apple Glazed Instant Pot Ribs take that idea to a whole new level.

What Sort of Ribs to Buy.

A pig has 15 or 16 ribs depending on the breed but 3 are typically left attached to the shoulder.

As a result, a full slab of pork ribs will contain 12 or 13 ribs.

Within that set, there are two different types of rib, baby back ribs and spare ribs.

Baby back ribs typically contain more meat and are curved in shape, these are cut from the top of the rib cage near the spine.

Spare ribs are longer and flatter and are cut from the bottom of the rib cage, these often contain some of the brisket ‘flap’.

As with everything there are variations on this theme such as St Louis style ribs, which contain the central portion and are rectangular in shape.

Then there are country ribs, which are not really ribs but part of the loin of pork.

The choice is yours really I am typically fond of spare ribs, although this recipe uses baby back ribs.

Apple and Pork is a match made in heaven and these Apple Glazed Instant Pot Ribs take that idea to a whole new level.
Yield: 4 Servings

Apple Glazed Instant Pot Ribs

Prep Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes

Apple and Pork is a match made in heaven and these Apple Glazed Instant Pot Ribs take that idea to a whole new level.


  • 1.5 kg Pork Rib
  • 250 ml Apple Juice, Go for the very best quality you can get
  • 1 Onion, Peeled and cut in to 8 wedges
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Whole Grain Mustard

For the Dry Rub

  • 1 Tbsp Sweet Hungarian Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tsp Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Dried Marjoram
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
  • 1 Tbsp Coarse Sea Salt


  1. Begin by removing the membrane on the bone side of the rib joint, do this by simply slicing with a sharp knife and pulling it away, if you are lucky it will come off in one piece!
  2. Now mix together the ingredients for the dry rub and massage them into the ribs and set aside for 4-8 hours to marinade.
  3. If you are using the trivet that cam with your InstantPot raise it off the base by a couple of centimeters using a crockery pot.
  4. Pour the apple juice into the base of the pot, followed by the onions and finally the ribs, close the lid and cook on manual high pressure for 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 220°C and time it so it is hot when your ribs are ready to come out of your pot.
  6. Remove your ribs carefully from the pot and set aside whilst we work on the glaze.
  7. Turn your InstantPot on to saute mode add in the onions we just removed with the ribs, honey and mustard and reduce to form a syrupy glaze, this should take 5-6 minutes and then blend with a stick blender.
  8. Finally pour over the glaze and transfer to the hot oven and get a nice glaze which should take 5-10 minutes, or even better finish on the BBQ.
  9. Serve with potato wedges.


If you want to marinade over night just omit the salt and season up to 8 hours before you cook.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1299Total Fat: 90gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 40gCholesterol: 303mgSodium: 2944mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 3gSugar: 51gProtein: 62g

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!

Danyelle Whitley

Thursday 4th of April 2019

We don't have a pressure cooker but I think we'll be trying this out at my moms house later this week! Apples and pork are a match in heaven and the one pork meal my kids will actually eat. Great recipe, I can't wait to try it out!

Brian Jones

Friday 5th of April 2019

Looking forward to hearing how you get on, please do let me know :)


Monday 23rd of July 2018

**I FINALLY MADE THIS TONIGHT** just in case anyone is looking for comments by those who have made it ;)

I put the rub on the ribs this morning, let it sit for the day and then cooked this evening. I did have to substitute thyme for the marjoram and I was out of granulated garlic so minced in a 4-5 cloves of fresh. A little more than what was required, but I wanted to be sure to get a decent coverage like one would with dry.

The recipe tasted fantastic! I had a slightly larger cut of ribs, so needed to add an additional few minutes of pressure to cook, and it took a little longer for the glaze to reduce as I had more liquid. Next time I'll drain off a good amount of the liquid before adding the honey and mustard. I didn't really look before pouring them in, so my fault there.

Everyone in the family enjoyed the flavors from my husband, to the baby. Thanks for another great recipe!

Brian Jones

Tuesday 24th of July 2018

Always great to hear from someone who has made the recipe :D So glad you and yours enjoyed it Mary, I love cooking ribs in the IP! I often short cut the IP on reducing liquid by heating a large shallow flat bottomed pan over a high heat and use that for the reduction. The greater surface area, increased power and lower edges help reduce liquids far more quickly than in the IP :)

Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.

Saturday 11th of March 2017

I scooped up an InstantPot during a sale last year and I have still yet to try it. I think this recipe will have to christen it for me!

Brian Jones

Sunday 12th of March 2017

Aww schucks, this is definitely a good way to pop your cherry :D

April @ Girl Gone Gourmet

Friday 10th of March 2017

Apple and pork are like peas & carrots - meant to be :) Those ribs look absolutely delicious and this is probably the first recipe that has me itchin' to buy an Instant Pot. Ribs are my go-to dinner because to do them right takes a lot of time and attention! Great recipe, as always :)

Brian Jones

Saturday 11th of March 2017

I have to say that ribs are the first thing I have cooked in the IP that made me think, 'shit these are better than any other way I have cooked them', although the ease of making stick makes it worth the entry fee alone for me personally. I'm sure it is a combination of pressure and fairly modest temps that work for what I often find a fatty cut of meat, I am sure it would work just as great in any pressure cooker :)

Dan from Platter Talk

Friday 3rd of March 2017

We are in complete agreement that pork and apples are indeed a match made in heaven We love mixing the two together whenever we can but never did we consider using pork ribs! You photos are stunning, and I have no doubt that our whole family, especially our kids, will love your rendition of this classic combination. Thanks once again for the delicious inspiration!

Brian Jones

Friday 3rd of March 2017

Cheers Dan, I've been cooking apple glazed ribs for a while now but it definitely was one of those 'why have I not done this before moments'... Such perfect bedfellows :)

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