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If you thought fall off the bone baby back ribs had to take hours to make, then think again! This easy recipe comes together in about 40 minutes. My Fall off the Bone Ribs recipe includes just four ingredients like my homemade bbq seasoning. Plus, I keep the meat tender and flavorful by using a secret ingredient that is an alternative to soda!
Why Make This
- Ready in about 40 Minutes: I always cooked my ribs low and slow until I realized that you could get the same results with a pressure cooker. This recipe uses a multi-cooker to tenderize and char the ribs in a fraction of the time compared to making ribs in the oven or a slow cooker.
- DIY Dry Rub: my homemade bbq seasoning tastes great on chicken wings, ribs, and beef. It takes just a few minutes to make.
- Healthier Option: in my opinion, ribs require two things (besides bbq sauce): soda and a brown sugar rub. If you’re looking to cut carbs, this recipe includes all the tips and options to swap soda and brown sugar with sugar free alternatives.
- Pork Baby Back Ribs: I’m using one large rack of pork baby back ribs. They come raw, vacuum sealed and aren’t pre-brined.
- BBQ Seasoning: I’m using my homemade bbq seasoning as a pork dry rub. It’s sweet, smoky and mildly spicy. Feel free to cut down on the cayenne pepper if you want a less spicy version.
- BBQ Sauce: If you’re focused on keto and low-carb options, use my keto bbq sauce recipe. But, any hickory or Kansas-city style bbq sauce that you prefer works in this recipe.
- Sugar Free Cola: as a replacement for regular cola in this recipe, I’m using sugar-free cola. It’s available in most markets in the soda aisle. Plus, it is sweetened with stevia, meaning that it has all the flavor of regular cola without the added sugar.
How to Make Fall off the Bone Baby Back Ribs
Prepare the Ribs
- Remove the thin membrane (if it’s there) from the back of the rib racks
- Sprinkle bbq dry rub all over the ribs. Allow the ribs to marinate for at least 4 hours (ideally, overnight).
Pressure Cook the Ribs
Add the ribs and sugar-free cola to the cooking pot and pressure cook them.
Finish the Ribs
Brush the ribs with bbq sauce and use the air fryer or a broiler to char the ribs a bit.
Top Tips & FAQs
- Serve more “loose sauce” for dipping: Fall off the Bone Ribs can’t have too much bbq sauce. I personally, like to spruce my sauce up a bit. The “loose” sauce is basically, ½ cup bbq sauce, 3 tbsp Cola or liquid from the bottom of the pot, and 1 tbsp dry rub. I mix it up and serve it as a dipping sauce.
- Allow the ribs to sit with the dry rub on them: while fall off the bone ribs don’t have to take a long time to cook, they definitely should have time to sit in the spices and bbq dry rub. I generally add the dry rub the night before.
I’m using the high pressure cooker setting to save time.
This recipes takes just 40 minutes because it uses a pressure cooker.
The meat is so tender that it easily falls off the bone.
Recipes to Enjoy This With
- Easy Low Carb & Keto Coleslaw Recipe
- Keto Potato Salad (No Cauliflower)
- Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Pressure Cooker Cabbage
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Fall off the Bone Ribs
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Prepare the Ribs
- Remove the thin membrane (if it's there) from the back of the rib racks.
- Make the dry rub by mixing all of the spices above.
- Sprinkle pork dry rub all over the ribs. Allow the ribs to marinate at least 4 hours (ideally, overnight).
Pressure Cooker Directions
- Add the ribs to the pressure cooker pot.
- Pour the sugar-free cola or chicken broth into the bottom of the pot.
- Add the pressure cooker lid and cook on high for 25 minutes.
- Allow the pressure to quick release.
Finish the Ribs
- Brush the tops of the ribs with half of the BBQ sauce.
- For the Ninja Foodi: Air Crisp the ribs (400 degrees) for 10-15 minutes (the longer you keep them there, the crispier they get). For a broiler: broil them in a broiler-safe dish on high for 5 minutes. This step allows the rib tops and edges to char!
- Make loose sauce with remaining bbq sauce. Serve the ribs with remaining loose sauce in a bowl.
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!