Black Folks Soul Food BBQ Ribs Recipe

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Nothing will make your mouth water more than the first whiff of a rack of juicy, savory soul food BBQ ribs!

Soul food BBQ ribs are a perfect crowd pleaser and an all-time favorite main dish for potlucks, tailgates, game days, or a Black BBQ cookout menu

 

Black Folks Soul Food BBQ Ribs Recipe

 

African Americans even include ribs in Sunday dinner line-ups when watching the game, enjoying a well-seasoned flavorful BBQ bite with each play.

The homemade favorite BBQ sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and sticky, so you’ll be licking your fingers clean and begging for more. 

And because soul food BBQ ribs are made with Southern hospitality, more, in the form of a second helping, is what you’ll get!

 

 

How do you cook soul food ribs?

The secret to the perfect and tender ribs is to cook them at the right temperature and time.

Skip the grill and the hassle of a slow cooker. Instead, this soul food slab is pressure cooked in the Instant Pot. Ribs have never been this easy! 

Pro tips:

  • Using the Instant Pot, you can make fall-off-the-bone tender, savory ribs in just half an hour. 
  • You’re still welcome to use this recipe’s BBQ sauce and savory seasoning ingredients for the perfect grilled or oven-baked ribs.
  • Use this recipe for all rib types: beef rib, pork rib, spare rib, baby back rib, or a rack of ribs.

 

Soul Food Ribs Recipe

 

What is a Black folks soul food BBQ ribs recipe?

The best BBQ ribs are a batch of Black folks’ soul food BBQ ribs. Flavored and seasoned the African America way with the right meat, seasonings, and sauce. 

 

How do you prepare ribs for BBQ?

First, the white membrane is removed from the back. Then these ribs are coated in flavorful soul food seasonings and slathered with BBQ sauce, making the perfect sticky-icky BBQ coating!

 

How do you remove the membrane from the ribs?

Do you see the silvery or whitish dense skin on the bone side of the ribs?

Weber Grills offers the easiest of instructions for removing it:

  1. Slide a dinner knife under the membrane and over a bone at one end of the rack.
  2. Lift and loosen the membrane until it tears.
  3. Grab the edge of the membrane with a paper towel and pull it off.
  4. The membrane may come off in one whole piece, or you may need to remove it in smaller pieces.

 

Soul Food BBQ Ribs In The Instant Pot

 

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What ingredients are needed for this country-style ribs recipe? 

Ingredients for Black folks’ soul food BBQ ribs recipe

 

Soul Food Ribs

 

What kind of BBQ sauce should you use?

Get the homemade BBQ sauce recipe HERE!

 

What kind of BBQ sauce should you use?

 

African American BBQ ribs recipe

Instructions for Black folks’ soul food BBQ ribs recipe

  1. Remove the white membrane off the back of the ribs.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the chicken seasoning and the garlic & herb seasoning.
  3. Rub the seasoning mixture on the ribs to coat them.
  4. Pour the BBQ sauce over the ribs and use a basting brush to coat them evenly in the sauce.
  5. Open the Instant Pot lid and pour the broth into the stainless-steel inner pot.
  6. Place the Instant Pot trivet rack inside the inner pot, then place the sauced ribs on the rack.
  7. Optional, add 3-4 fresh sprigs of thyme into the pot.
  8. Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes.
  9. When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 10 minutes.
  10. To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  11. Remove the cooked ribs from the pot using the trivet rack handles.
  12. Optionally, brush more BBQ sauce on the ribs.
  13. Serve Black folks soul food BBQ ribs right away and enjoy!

Pro tips: 

  • You can use these same ingredients for air fryer, oven-baked, or grilled Black folks’ soul food BBQ ribs.
  • For a rack of ribs, wrap the rib rack to fit around the inside of the Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot.
  • What can you substitute for the prepared herb seasonings?

You can use your favorite all-purpose seasoning or a combination of these soul food seasonings to make your own dry rub

 

Homemade soul food BBQ ribs dry rub:

  • 1 ½ tablespoons of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

 

Soul Food BBQ Ribs Recipe

 

What should you serve with BBQ ribs?

An excellent BBQ rib dish only needs a few simple side dishes to complement it. 

With a combination of sweet and tangy, ribs are the perfect option to have on the table. Southern potato saladsoul food macaroni saladSouthern coleslaw, and soul food baked beans are essential for Southern BBQ ribs.

Still, cornbreadcreamed corn, or a baked sweet potato are more unique side dishes popular with many. 

To avoid getting carried away with how many different side dishes you want to make, keep it to a minimum to focus on the ribs. Two to three side dishes are good enough!

 

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What sauce goes best with soul food BBQ ribs?

While this recipe’s sweet sticky sauce holds its own in saucy texture and flavor, it’s never stopped folks from dipping into their favorite sauce specialties!

  • Hot sauce
  • Ranch dressing
  • Pure honey 
  • Honey mustard

Some Southern cooks also include a little soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or even Coca-Cola when making BBQ ribs! 

 

Southern Ribs Recipe

 

Black folks soul food BBQ ribs FAQs

What temp do you cook ribs on?

This recipe uses the Instant Pot pressure cooker to make soul food BBQ ribs for an easy magical meal in minutes!

Simply place the ribs in the inner pot and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes. 

For a rack of ribs, wrap the rib rack to fit around the inside of the Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot and cook at the same temperature.

 

How long did your ribs cook in the oven?

Bake on a baking sheet, air fry, or grill the ribs at 400 degrees F on both sides for 5-7 minutes.

 

African American Soul Food Ribs

 

Do you put BBQ sauce on ribs before baking?

BBQ sauce can be used in two ways:

  1. As a marinade.
  2. As a mop sauce.

Using BBQ sauce as a marinade can tenderize tough meat and add flavor to it, so it’s best to baste your ribs with BBQ sauce before baking. 

Use the BBQ sauce in a skinny layer, so the meat absorbs almost everything.

Later after the ribs have cooked, you can baste the ribs with more sauce if you choose.

 

Do you cook ribs bone side up or down?

Barbecue enthusiasts and grill masters will agree: cook ribs bone side down! 

Ribs are relatively tough meat that requires long, slow cooking in indirect heat. So the bony concave side should always face down (meat side up). This keeps the thin meaty layer from overcooking in the longer cooking process.

 

Southern Ribs

 

Do you put any seasoning on the ribs or just sauce?

  • Soul food cooking rule number 1: ALWAYS season your meat!

Ribs are best cooked with seasoning as a dry rub to get the flavor into the tougher meat. 

 

Should you cook ribs in the oven or on the grill?

There is always a debate between grilling and baking ribs. As a matter of fact, both preparation methods have their pros and cons.

  • Grilling – Grilling ribs gives you that authentic smoked ribs or barbecue ribs flavor. You can use natural wood chips or charcoal to achieve a smokey BBQ taste. Grilling can also make it harder to cook many ribs at once.
  • Baking – Cooking 2 racks of ribs at the same time? Baking ribs may be an easier alternative if you’re not used to barbecuing on the grill. Plus, large batches of ribs can be cooked at once while baking. Unlike grilling, baking does not need a lot of attention. You can easily adjust the temperature making it easier to cook the meat the way you want to. 
  • Instant Pot pressure cooking – Pressure cooking allows the meat to cook quicker and in a more controlled manner. It’s less likely for your ribs to overcook in the Instant Pot, and you don’t need charcoal.

 

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How do you tenderize ribs before grilling?

There are numerous ways to tenderize ribs before grilling. These include marinating or boiling in a liquid such as water with vinegar. 

 

Do you soak ribs in vinegar?

You can choose to boil the ribs in water and vinegar to tenderize the meat before baking or grilling. However, if you’re pressure-cooking the ribs, you won’t need this step.

 

What barbecue sauce do you recommend?

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Do you put the sauce only on one side or both?

Pour the BBQ sauce over the ribs and use a basting brush to coat them evenly in BBQ sauce on both sides.

 

African American Soul Food BBQ Ribs

 

Do you cook ribs covered or uncovered in the oven?

You can wrap the ribs in aluminum foil before baking them in the oven. In addition to sealing in moisture, it seals the flavor of the ribs. Additionally, it prevents the meat from drying out and becoming tough.

 

How do you know when ribs are done in the oven?

There are two ways to gauge when ribs are done. The first is an internal temperature, and the other is by the bone itself. 

Using a meat thermometer, you want your meat to reach an internal temperature of around 200°F. Once the internal temperature reaches 200°F, the ribs should be tender and fall off the bone. Don’t worry about it being too pink or rare; this is safe.

If your ribs are not falling-off-the-bone tender and are not at this temperature, continue baking, and check in on them at 5-minute intervals.

 

African American BBQ Ribs Recipe

 

What is the secret to tender ribs?

As mentioned in the above pro tips, to get the most tender soul food BBQ ribs, start by peeling the white membrane off the back.

Then, after you’ve seasoned and sauced, cover the ribs as you cook them (pressure cook, crock pot slow cooker, grill, or oven). 

This way, the outer part of the ribs will get a crunchy texture while the inside will become soft, and the meat will fall off the bone. Covering also locks in the flavor and moisture by avoiding evaporation.

 

Can you use baby back ribs for this recipe as well?

You can use this recipe for beef ribs, pork ribs, spare ribs, a rack of ribs, or BBQ baby back ribs.

Simply season, sauce, cover, and cook bone-side down.

 

Black Folks Soul Food BBQ Ribs

 

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Black Folks Soul Food BBQ Ribs Recipe

Soul food BBQ ribs are a perfect crowd pleaser and an all-time favorite main dish for potlucks, tailgates, game days, or a Black BBQ cookout menu. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Pressure Release Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: African American BBQ ribs recipe, BBQ sauce, Instant Pot recipe, soul food BBQ, soul food BBQ ribs, soul food BBQ ribs recipe, soul food ribs, Southern BBQ ribs on the grill, Southern ribs recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 1433kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole

Equipment

  • Instant Pot electric pressure cooker
  • Instant Pot trivet rack (comes with the Instant Pot
  • Basting brush

Ingredients

  • 3 ½-4 pounds ribs beef or pork ribs - I used beef short ribs
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning Famous Dave’s Country Roast Chicken Seasoning, or similar (Yes – use CHICKEN SEASONING on the ribs! See the notes below for how to make a homemade dry rub.)
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning Weber Seasoning Roasted Garlic & Herb, or similar (See the notes below for how to make a homemade dry rub.)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce Homemade BBQ sauce recipe HERE!
  • 3-4 sprigs thyme *optional

Instructions

  • Remove the white membrane off the back of the ribs.
  • In a small bowl, mix the chicken seasoning and the garlic & herb seasoning.
  • Rub the seasoning mixture on the ribs to coat them.
  • Pour the BBQ sauce over the ribs and use a basting brush to coat them evenly in the sauce.
  • Open the Instant Pot lid and pour the broth into the stainless-steel inner pot.
  • Place the Instant Pot trivet rack inside the inner pot, then place the sauced ribs on the rack.
  • Optional, add 3-4 fresh sprigs of thyme into the pot.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 10 minutes.
  • To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to 'venting' and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  • Remove the cooked ribs from the pot using the trivet rack handles.
  • Optionally, brush more BBQ sauce on the ribs.
  • Serve Black folks soul food BBQ ribs right away and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Pro tips: 
  • You can use these same ingredients for air fryer, oven-baked, or grilled Black folks’ soul food BBQ ribs.
  • For a rack of ribs, wrap the rib rack to fit around the inside of the Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot.
  • What can you substitute for the prepared herb seasonings?
You can use your favorite all-purpose seasoning or a combination of these soul food seasonings to make your own dry rub

Homemade soul food BBQ ribs dry rub:

  • 1 ½ tablespoons of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

Nutrition

Calories: 1433kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 114g | Saturated Fat: 50g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 55g | Trans Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 298mg | Sodium: 1172mg | Potassium: 1161mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 397IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 10mg
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Nutrition Facts
Black Folks Soul Food BBQ Ribs Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
1433
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
114
g
175
%
Saturated Fat
 
50
g
313
%
Trans Fat
 
7
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
55
g
Cholesterol
 
298
mg
99
%
Sodium
 
1172
mg
51
%
Potassium
 
1161
mg
33
%
Carbohydrates
 
38
g
13
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
24
g
27
%
Protein
 
66
g
132
%
Vitamin A
 
397
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
188
mg
19
%
Iron
 
10
mg
56
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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