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If you’re unsure of the Instant Pot, I think you’d better try making baby back ribs. Now don’t get me wrong, slowly smoked ribs are obviously the best, but for those days when you can’t get to a Ribfest or your local BBQ joint – these are a fantastic option. These Instant Pot baby back ribs basically cook themselves in only 35 minutes of passive time which give you just enough time to make some side dishes, whip up a homemade mango chipotle BBQ sauce, or you know, catch up on your latest Netflix show.
What the heck are baby back ribs?
Baby back ribs have a strange name that makes me think of both Austin Powers and well, babies. Probably not the best associations when thinking about your next delectable meal! So you’re not confused at the butcher counter, it’s good to know that baby back ribs are also known as pork loin back ribs, loin ribs or simply, back ribs. Never fear, back ribs aren’t from tiny pigs, they are from the lower back rib section and are referred to as ‘baby’ because of their size!
Can I substitute St. Louis Style Spareribs?
Yep, you can! St. Louis style spareribs are generally larger and meatier (and amazingly, cheaper!) than baby back ribs. If your ribs are on the large side, increase the cook-time by 5 minutes.
What BBQ Sauce can I use? for Whole30? For Paleo?
I’ll let you in on a little secret…making BBQ sauce isn’t very hard. But I totally appreciate why you wouldn’t want to make it all the time (or ever!). The mango chipotle BBQ sauce I make takes 20 minutes to cook and lasts for a week in the fridge. It’s a great option if you’re on the Whole30.
When I’m not doing a Whole30, I look for a BBQ sauce that uses natural sweeteners like honey, dates or maple. Store-bought options like the KC Naturals Paleo AIP Barbecue Sauce, Tessamae Organic BBQ Sauce (in the US) or the Wellbee’s Honey BBQ Sauce (in Canada) are good choices.
If you’re doing a round of the Whole30, the Tessamae Organic BBQ Sauce is officially Whole30 approved and available easily in-store throughout the USA. In Canada, Tessamae BBQ Sauce, and so many other awesome paleo and Whole30 products are available on Lucky Vitamin.
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