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Test Kitchen Approved

Root Beer Lime Instant Pot Short Ribs

Recipe By Michael Kimball, Savory Spice Test Kitchen


4 servings

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cooking Time

20 Minutes

Recipe By Michael Kimball, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Braising these sweet and sour ribs in a pressure cooker ensures they come out tender and succulent every time.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with rice, potatoes, or your favorite vegetable side.


1.5 lbs. beef short ribs (about 4 ribs)

Kosher Salt, to season

2 tsp. canola oil

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

½ cups whole milk

3 Tbsp. lime juice

chopped parsley, to garnish

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

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  • Old-Fashioned Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

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Trim short ribs of any silver skin and pat dry with a paper towel. Season ribs on all sides with salt. Add oil to Instant Pot and set to saute. Once oil is hot, add ribs to hot Instant Pot and sear until dark golden brown on all sides, 3 to 4 min. per side. Transfer ribs to a plate and add garlic, Guajillo, and tomato paste to Instant Pot. Stir 1 to 2 min., or until toasted and fragrant. Stir in milk, barbecue sauce, and lime juice. Turn off saute function and add ribs back to Instant Pot, turning to coat in sauce. Place lid on Instant Pot, make sure vent is closed, and set to pressure cook on high for 35 min. When finished, allow Instant Pot to naturally release pressure by leaving it undisturbed for at least 20 min. Transfer ribs to a platter for serving. Set Instant Pot to saute to reduce sauce, stirring to emulsify until sauce has thickened slightly. Spoon sauce over ribs and garnish with parsley.