Last year my mom and dad gave away their grill. My dad had rebuilt that thing at least five times over the years, but as the grill got older as they have too, the good old Char Broil just really didn’t see much grilling action anymore. So off to the trash heap it went.
However, my dad’s love affair with BBQ ribs will always remain strong. So when I was making my weekly meal prep plan that included taking dinner up to their house one night, I was thrilled to see baby back pork ribs were on sale and half price on my Kroger app’s 2-day Digital Deal. So with the tap of my finger, the deal was added to my grocery list and off to the grocery store I went.
Because while my dad loves his ribs, he loves a deal even more. And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Get all the Deals on the Go—Kroger’s Mobile App
I’m at my local Smith’s Marketplace grocery store several times a week because I can get just about everything I need there—not only groceries and personal goods, but I buy the herbs, shrubs, and flowers I plant in my garden, I can get keys made, I bought my vacuum cleaner there, and get games and toys for pool time, home decor, and I am diligent about buying all the gas for my car there—always at a .30 to $1 per gallon discount thanks to their loyalty program.
And you should too! Here’s how:
- Download the Kroger Family of Stores app now through August 1, 2018 and you can save $5 off your next $50 purchase with an App-exclusive digital coupon.*see full disclaimer at end of post (The $5 off $50 will only be available to new app download users and the digital coupon will not be visible in the general coupon pool on Kroger Family of Stores website.)
Plus, the Kroger mobile app brings everything together on my phone under one app with time and money-saving features in one seamless experience where I can:
- Shop and track all of my coupons including exclusive digital deals and hundreds of $$ in monthly savings
- Digitally build my list no matter where I am: at work, waiting in line, sitting a the pool, etc. (now there’s an idea! Pool shopping!)
- The aisle locator feature in the app tells me exactly where each product is in the store and when I use the barcode scanner I know exactly how much an item costs.
- Or, I can totally shop from home
Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs
So after I’d made my rib-cooking plans, I was doing my Smith’s grocery store shopping cruise when a sweet sales associate noticed I had also picked up a new 6-quart Instant Pot as a wedding gift (deal alert! It was on sale, PLUS I got an extra $30 off coupon that weekend!).
That’s when she shared her baby back ribs recipe where she cooks the ribs in the pressure cooker and then simply finishes them off in the oven, with no grill required. Fall off the bone tender, and incredibly easy!
The lightbulbs were going off in my head like last week’s fireworks and I knew this was the baby back ribs recipe to share with my mom and dad.
It Starts With the Rib Rub
Any barbecue master will tell you the flavor in bbq ribs starts with the rub. This mix of seasonings and salts is what helps break down the fibers in the meat to create not only flavor, but that tender, fall off the bone bite we all crave.
My mix is actually my husband’s magic dust he’s used for years in the secret to our oven-baked Barbecue Baby Back Ribs, the method we used and swore by forever that now just might be have found its match with the Instant Pot.
My homemade dry rub seasoning is a mixture of:
- Dark brown sugar
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Chile powder
- Garlic powder
- Dry mustard
- Celery salt
- Kosher salt
- Cayenne pepper
If making the homemade rub isn’t in the cards for you, the Kroger Private Selection Texas Barbecue Seasoning Rub works wonders too.
How Long to Season Ribs with a Dry Rub
A dry rub and a marinade essentially do the same thing: break down the meat and tenderize. Dry rubs are strictly dry seasonings rubbed into the meat where marinades include soaking the meat in a liquid.
To decide how long to “marinade” your ribs in the dry seasoning mixture, aim for at least 4 hours but if you can, try to go for at least 24 hours. I’ve even let dry rubs rest into the meat for 48 hours with great success.
Cooking Ribs In the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker
Compared to the two to three hour slow-cooking oven method we usually use, cooking ribs in the pressure cooker drastically cuts the cooking time and makes this dinner come together incredibly fast for any night of the week.
I use apple juice to flavor my ribs as they cook but water will work fine too. Place one rack of ribs with the ends of the ribs facing up and on a wire rack in in the Instant Pot. This recipe needs only 20 minutes cooking time on high pressure, then a 10 minute natural release.
When removing the ribs from the Instant Pot, be sure to grab hold by the meat as they will be so tender they might literally fall off the bone.
After these ribs are cooked, I simply brush the meat with my favorite barbecue sauce like this Private Selection Texas BBQ Sauce and then finish them off for 4-5 minutes in a 450°F oven or on the grill over medium high heat.
All that’s left to do is grab a handful of napkins and dig in.
Or, you can cook the ribs first then refrigerate for finishing off later for an even easier way to meal plan and prep with ease.