Ribs and gravy is just what you need if you're craving down-home, juts-like-mom-used-to-make goodness!  No crazy ingredients, no can of anything! Just delicious food fast!

Ribs and gravy are the easiest, most delicious country-style-tastes-like-home-I-want-to-die-in-this-gravy thing you’ll make in your Instant Pot. And simple! I’m talking explain it to me like a 3 year old simple.

Remember not too long ago I shared my boneless BBQ ribs? Well, it’s almost that very same recipe. It was actually born at the very same time on the same day. We did the ribs for that recipe and removed them to a pan to dress it and put it under the broiler.

But then we looked in the pot and saw this liquid goodness left in the pot. What to do with it? The wife said she would throw in in a veggie soup. That sounded like a plan, after all Souper Sunday was just a couple days away. I tasted it and right then I knew it would make a bomb ass gravy!

We added a cornstarch slurry, simmered it a bit and wouldn’t you know, a silky bomb ass gravy was born. We took a couple of the ribs we cooked out of the pan and poured the gravy over it. BAM! It was on!

So what we do now is we cook the boneless ribs and use half the ribs for these ribs and gravy and the other half we put in the fridge to use in a couple days for the BBQ butter sugar goodness.

This gravy is perfect over rice, mashed potatoes and we like it over roasted potatoes or tater tots!

The ONLY real difference in the two recipes is that in the BBQ boneless ribs browning is optional and doesn’t make a difference to the end results. With these ribs and gravy you must brown them. It gives the gravy a depth and color that you can’t achieve without browning.

Ribs and gravy is just what you need if you're craving down-home, juts-like-mom-used-to-make goodness! No crazy ingredients, no can of anything! Just delicious food fast!
5 from 1 vote

Ribs and Gravy – Instant Pot

Course Main Course
Cuisine beef
Keyword Instant Pot


  • 2-3 pounds boneless beef ribs
  • BBQ seasoning
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. Turn your pressure cooker on saute/brown mode.

    Season the boneless ribs with your favorite BBQ seasoning.

    When the pot is hot, add some oil to the bottom. Brown the meat on each side in batches. When browned, removed from the pot onto a plate. Continue until all the meat is browned and removed to a plate.

  2. Turn the pot off. Add the beef broth, apple juice and liquid smoke. Scrape the bottom of the pot to remove all the brown bits (deglaze). Be sure to get all you can off so the pot will come to pressure.

    When you've deglazed add the ribs back to the pot.

  3. Pressure on HIGH for 30 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure.

  4. Remove the ribs to a plate.

    Mix together the corn start and water to form a slurry. Turn on the saute feature. Add the slurry to the liquid in the pot. Stir until you reach the desired consistency. Add the ribs back to the pot.

    Serve with rice, potatoes, polenta, whatever!

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7 thoughts on “Ribs and Gravy – Instant Pot”

  1. Jaxx, I’m a gravy girl and this is going on my must-make list. With mashed potatoes. If I’m served rice or polenta or noodles, I won’t turn my nose up at it; but if I’m cooking, it’s going to be mashed potatoes under my gravy! #BloggersPitStop

    1. That could be your call sign – “Gravy Girl”! lol
      You know, I usually save the liquid leftover in the pot for soups or something. But now I’m throwing a cornstarch slurry into all kinds of leftover liquids and making some damn tasty gravies! Gravy or die!!! I love gravy too but I’m less picky. Mash, rice, polenta, biscuits, toast, tator tots, you name it and I’m all about the gravy. Believe it or not (because who can believe people like this exist), my wife is not a gravy fan and when she puts it on her plate, it’s like…1 teaspoon for the entire plate. lol More for me!

  2. 5 stars
    Your Instant Pot Ribs and Gravy look like pure comfort food, I will be making this recipe soon! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Oh gosh, the juices when you cook something like this in an Instant Pot are so flavorful = I never like wasting them. I’ve used them for soup, and for ramen, too, but the gravy is inspired. When /I grew up in Iowa, we had “country style” ribs with a sweet/sour gravy (German thing) so this reminds me of a more sophisticated barbecue version!

    1. Hey there Miss Hausfrau! So good to see you again!! I usually use the juices for soup too. That stuff is too good to throw away! But sweet and sour? That sounds so good! What would entail, a bit of vinegar and brown sugar?

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