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Instant Pot Hungarian Ribs

I'm not sure exactly why I labeled it as Hungarian Ribs... mainly because the recipe I got the ribs from was from my dear Hungarian friend, Zsanett who is an amazing cook. I've never liked ribs. I have a weird disgust when eating something off of a bone. It's why I prefer chicken tenders and nuggets vs wings. Anyhow, Zsanett threw a housewarming party and made the most amazing, delicious ribs I've ever eaten. It was fall apart tender and so juicy and filled with flavor. I asked her for the recipe and upon reviewing it, it takes 5-6 hours. HOURS.

I don't have enough patience for that many hours for ribs. So I tried to figure out a way to create this with my instant pot where I can lessen the time, but still get fall-off-the-bone soft ribs. So without any further ado, I present to you the below for Hungarian Ribs. (I've also added instructions below on how to do this sans Instant Pot if you don't have one).

Ingredients: For 1 rack of pork ribs

3/4 cup BBQ Sauce (I like using Sweet Baby Ray's Original BBQ Sauce)

2 Tbs. Garlic Powder or Granules

1/2 tsp. Pepper

2 tsp. Salt

1 Tbs. Parsley

3/4 cup Olive Oil (or any other vegetable oil you prefer. In this I used Grapeseed)

1/2 tsp. Cinnamon Powder

1 Rack of Pork Ribs

10-12oz of beer

Step 1: Mix BBQ sauce, garlic, pepper, salt, parsley, olive oil and cinnamon into a small bowl.

Step 2: Lay out your ribs and if needed, pull off the thin membrane on the back. To do that, take a sharp knife, and cut away a piece of it, then get a dry clean paper towel, hold it with the paper towel and pull away from the rack of ribs. Keep doing that until it's all off.

Step 3: with a brush, or your hands, take half of the sauce you made, and gently put a thin layer of the sauce allover the top and bottom of the rack of ribs. Let it sit and marinate for about an hour or more (best is overnight if you can). If you don't have an hour that's fine, just add salt and pepper first (over season when working with the Instant Pot). Then add your sauce. When done, set aside the other half for later.

Step 4: Add your trivet to your Instant Pot then wrap your ribs around the inside of the pot. Crack open your beer, and pour it in the pot.

Step 5: Set your Instant pot to High Pressure for 20 minutes. Set it, then forget it. When it's done, let it naturally release for at least 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile during the last half of it naturally releasing, preheat your oven to 350F.

Step 6: Get a baking pan (that can fit your ribs) and oil the bottom. Carefully take the ribs out of the Instant Pot and place on your baking pan. This can be tricky because the ribs are so tender already... I try and grab from the trivet and take it out that way. Then take the leftover sauce you made before and slather the rest of it allover the ribs. Pour a cup of the juice from the instant pot into the pan as well. Cover with foil and stick in the oven for 20 minutes covered.

Step 7: After the 20 minutes, change the temp to 400F and take the ribs out of the oven and take the cover off. When the oven reaches 400F, stick it back in the oven and cook for another 15-20 minutes, uncovered. The top should get slightly more baked and charred. For this, I did 15min uncovered at 400F.

Step 8: Turn oven off, and keep the ribs in oven and let cool in the oven as oven is cooling down as well.

These ribs will be so fall apart tender! I usually take the cooling time to start working on setting the table, and cleaning up a bit.

Have you tried ribs in the instant pot? Isn't it amazing? It's the only way I'll ever make it now.


Don't have an Instant Pot? No worries! Try it the longer way, it still tastes unbelievably delicious! With or without the instant pot!

Step 1 / 2: Same as above

Step 3: Preheat oven to 350F. Cover your baking pan with foil and then add your rack of ribs to the baking pan. Brush all of the sauce allover the ribs. Add your beer to the baking pan so the ribs are sitting in the liquid.

Step 4: Cover the entire baking pan with foil and place in oven. Cook for 3 hours.

Step 5: When 3 hours is up, take the baking pan out, take off the cover. If there is no more liquid left, you can add the rest of your beer or a cup of water to the pan.

Step 6: Set oven temp to 400F. Bake for another 1 hour uncovered or until you can see the top of the ribs char a little.

Step 7: When done, pull the the baking sheet out, check to see if its pull apart tender. If so, turn the oven off, cover the ribs back up with foil (loosely) and stick back in the oven to cool alongside with the oven.

**Please note that the links above are amazon affiliated links where if you purchase from these links I earn a small commission to help feed my 5 pets. Thank you from Bowie, Talia, Isey, Mustachio and Stripey - and they eat A LOT**

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