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Watermelon Beer Baby Back Ribs in the Instant Pot

What could be better than baby back ribs made with watermelon beer and slathered in watermelon BBQ sauce? When those Watermelon Beer Baby Back Ribs are made in the Instant Pot!
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Course: Entree
Makes: 2 -3 servings
Author: We are not Martha


  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 ½ cups watermelon beer (or similar)
  • cup Watermelon BBQ Sauce (recipe below)

Watermelon BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 cup watermelon juice (purée watermelon in blender)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder


  • Pat ribs dry with paper towels. If not already done, remove the thin membrane attached to the underside of the ribs by sliding tip of a knife under the membrane, lifting, and loosening until it breaks. Use a paper towel to grab it and pull it off.
  • In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cayenne, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and pepper.
  • Season the ribs all over and then drizzle honey onto both sides of the rack.
  • Put steaming rack in the Instant Pot and place rack of ribs on it, wrapping them around the pot. If you're doubling this recipe, I recommend cutting racks into thirds and placing them on steaming rack.
  • Pour watermelon beer (or any other type of beer) into the Instant Pot.
  • Close lid and vent and press manual button to set to 22 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 6 minutes, before quick releasing it the rest of the way.
  • Carefully remove ribs from Instant Pot, using tongs and/or a spatula and place meat-side-up on foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Brush ribs with Watermelon BBQ Sauce (or BBQ sauce of choice) and place in oven under broiler for about 5 minutes.

Watermelon BBQ Sauce:

  • Add all the ingredients to a medium-sized saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil before lowering heat to a simmer.
  • Let simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Remove BBQ sauce to a jar and keep stored in the refrigerator.
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