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Sweet and Sticky Ribs

Make these sweet and sticky ribs either in your Instant Pot or slow cooker!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Pork, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork ribs
Servings: 4
Calories: 724kcal


  • 3 lbs pork baby back ribs
  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 1/4-1/2 cup apple cider -OR- apple cider vinegar see NOTES
  • 1 cup or amount desired BBQ sauce


  • Remove membrane that covers the underside of the ribs. Cut the slab of ribs in half
  • Instant Pot:
  • Pour the apple juice into the Instant Pot insert. Add the vinegar. Heat the liquid using the "Saute" function until it steams
  • Place the ribs in the pot, meat side down.
  • Cover and set to "Meat/Stew" setting for 20-25 minutes.
  • After the time is up, let the ribs sit in the pot for 5 minutes, then release the pressure.
  • Remove the ribs to a baking dish and slather them on both sides with BBQ sauce
  • Place under broiler for about 5 minutes, or until the BBQ sauce is bubbling and starts to caramelize.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Slow Cooker:
  • Add the apple juice and vinegar to the crock pot.
  • Place ribs in liquid meat side down.
  • Cover and set to low and cook for 8-10 hours, high 5-7 hours (times are approximate so check at the minimum time for doneness).
  • Proceed as in Instant Pot directions.


If you don't want to add the vinegar, replace it with extra apple juice.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 724kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 931mg | Potassium: 961mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 207IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg