Instant Pot: BBQ Short Rib Sliders

Ahhh Beef. It's what's for dinner. One of my favorite cuts is beef short ribs simply because they're meaty, juicy and flavorful... what's not to love? I've been able to catch beef short ribs on sale lately so I had to stock up. Normally I braise beef short ribs, especially if they are a thick cut versus a thin cut... but I wanted to try something different. Rather than braising for hours on end, I decided to pressure cook the beef ribs with a jar of BBQ sauce. Once pressure cooked, I popped them into the broiler to get some crispy charred edges and chopped them up. The result? A perfect filling for sliders... so delicious! You can even prepare this in a crockpot and let it go for 6-8 hours on low. I served these sliders with buttermilk onion strings and a summer corn salad. As for tailgating, it's pretty easy if you're using the Instant Pot - make these in advance and bring them along on game day!

BBQ Short Rib Sliders


  • 2 lbs thick cut beef short ribs, boneless
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups prepared or homemade BBQ sauce of your choice
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • slider buns
  • your choice of slider toppings
  • additional BBQ sauce for serving


  1. Season your short ribs with salt and pepper. Transfer short ribs into a gallon sized storage bag and add the BBQ sauce. Seal and allow the short ribs to marinate with the BBQ sauce for 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Plug in the IP with insert set in place. Add the short ribs and BBQ sauce it marinated in along with the beef broth.
  3. Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.
  4. Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 30 minutes on HIGH pressure.
  5. The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure. Once at pressure, the display will reflect 30 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes. 
  6. When the IP beeps after pressure cooking for 30 minutes, allow your IP to naturally release pressure for 15 minutes. While naturally releasing pressure (also known as NPR or NR), the display will reflect numbers counting up from 1. The numbers indicate how many minutes the IP has stopped cooking since it beeped (or how many minutes it has been naturally releasing pressure).  No need to touch your IP while it naturally releases pressure.
  7. When the display reflects 15 (which is 15 minutes since the IP has beeped), turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.
  8. Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen). Meanwhile, preheat your broiler. 
  9. Remove the short ribs from the IP and place on a baking sheet. Place short ribs under the broiler for 3-5 minutes until it begins to char and have some color. 
  10. Allow the short ribs to cool slightly and chop up. Combine the chopped up short ribs with additional BBQ sauce if desired. Place short ribs in slider rolls and top with your choice of toppings.
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