Barbecued Lamb Ribs, Instant Pot

I may have mentioned that I bought an Instant Pot.

It looks very nice sitting on my counter – all shiny and new. I’ve only had it a couple of months.

Normally when I (or most people) buy a new toy it gets played with / used immediately. I actually did start using the Instant Pot right away – to make tomato soup.

It was wonderful! I sautéed the onions, carrots, celery and garlic in the Pot while I peeled and chopped the tomatoes. I added the tomatoes, put the lid on, turned it on ‘Soup’ for 12 minutes and ignored it until much later that day or even the next day, when I took the lid off and puréed the soup for the freezer. I made about 15 quarts of soup over 2 – 3 weeks that way. Easy peasy.

I plan on using it lots when the weather cools. Yes, yes, I know – it’s perfect for hot weather because it doesn’t heat up the kitchen, but we’re just not in the mood for cold weather food when it’s still hot. We’re in the mood for grilled food… like ribs.

Lamb ribs.

We bought a lamb in August and had 2 packages of ribs. Last year, son and nephew were here after our family reunion in Morocco and I put them in charge of last year’s lamb ribs. They did an excellent job involving all of the steps that should go into making great ribs.

I didn’t want to do that.

Google to the rescue. Sort of. There was lots of information and recipes on pork ribs but not much on lamb ribs which are, obviously, much smaller.

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Barbecued Lamb Ribs, Instant Pot

Lamb ribs are small but flavorful. Mine were cut into 2 ribs pieces.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Lamb
  • Method: Instant Pot


  • 1216 lamb ribs, cut into 2 or 3 ribs sections
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1 1/2 cups(12oz, 360ml) beef broth
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 3 tbs hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbs low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar


  • Mix oregano, salt and spices. Rub into both sides of ribs.
  • Put beef broth into Pot. 
  • Add ribs, arranging vertically, if possible.
  • Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, Keep Warm turned off.
  • When done, do fast release after 10 minutes.
  • Remove ribs.
  • Cook on barbecue grill, with wood chips for smoke if possibe, for 8 – 10 minutes.
  • Baste both sides with barbecue sauce while on the grill.
  • For Barbecue Sauce:
  • Mix ketchup, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and vinegar.


Cooking the ribs on the barbecue is just to add flavor – they are already fully cooked. Be careful when handling so they don’t fall apart.
You could refrigerate the ribs after removing from the Instant Pot and grill later, for a bit longer, to re-heat.

Barbecue Lamb Ribs

I’ve now made both packages of ribs, using the same recipe but different cooking times in the Instant Pot: the first time I did 15 minutes, the second time I did 10 minutes. They don’t look pretty but, wow, were they every tender and tasty! I think pork ribs would need 15 – 20 minutes.

The photo at the top of the page is right out of the Instant Pot, before grilling and Barbecue Sauce. Both photos are from the first effort. When I made them again I was going to do a worthy photo of them nicely laid out on a pretty tray…. Someone, who shall remain nameless, got a bit overly ambitious with the wood chips and the ribs came back to the kitchen black.

To his credit they were delicious and not at all burnt. They looked like a big lump of charcoal, however.

Photo shop can only do so much.

I took one look at them, put the camera down, picked up a rib and started eating.

4 thoughts on “Barbecued Lamb Ribs, Instant Pot”

  1. I don’t have an instant pot anymore. I used it once, for pork ribs. I found them very dry and I undercooked them. I gave it to Thing 1 who uses it as a slow cooker because she doesn’t have one. And while these look delicious, hubs doesn’t like lamb so if I don’t get to order it when we’re out, I don’t get it anymore :/

    • The testing will seriously start when the weather cools. One of the things a really wanted it for was cooking beans, But it was handy for the soup. We shall see. Too bad he doesn’t like lamb.

    • I agree, I would have been very sad had it been this year – and cancelled. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do the next one in 2 or 3 more years.

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