How To Cook Ribs In A Rice Cooker

Cooking ribs is an American tradition that became popular in the South.

Now, most cooks already know that ribs are usually prepared with a dry rub or barbecue sauce and smoked low and slow but, did you know that you can actually cook ribs in a rice cooker?

What’s more, cooking ribs in a rice cooker is easy, clean and so convenient as it is a one-pot dish that saves time and reduces the time needed for cleanup.

In this article, we are going to explore 10 different ways to cook ribs in a rice cooker. We will discuss everything from dry rubs to marinades to ensure that your ribs come out tender and delicious.

So, let’s dive in.

Can you cook ribs in a rice cooker?

Yes, you really can cook ribs in a rice cooker. Of course, we know that your rice cooker can cook a variety of meals, including rice, oatmeal, and soup, to name but a few, and many rice cookers also come with a steam basket that can be used to cook vegetables, and (here’s the tip!) meat!

When cooking ribs in a rice cooker, of course, you will need to make sure that the ribs fit in the cooker or that they are cut into smaller sizes. You should also, make sure that the ribs are seasoned or marinated before cooking to ensure maximum flavor but we’ll cover that in a bit.

Closeup of pork ribs grilled with BBQ sauce and caramelized in honey. Spicy barbecued pork ribs serv
Closeup of pork ribs grilled with BBQ sauce and caramelized in honey. Spicy barbecued pork ribs serv

The Method

You can use your favorite rub or sauce to season the ribs before cooking.

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First, add a cup of water to the rice cooker and place the ribs in the steam basket.

Then, cover the rice cooker and set it to cook for about an hour or until the ribs are cooked through.

You can baste the ribs with sauce halfway through if desired and, finally, when done, take out the ribs and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

What Type of Ribs to Use?

Basically, you can use any type of ribs such as spare ribs, or St. Louis-style ribs but, for me, the best kind to cook in a rice cooker are baby back ribs.

BBQ ribs in a rice cooker

Use your favorite BBQ sauce to season the ribs before cooking. First, add a cup of water to the rice cooker and place the ribs in the steam basket. Then, cover the rice cooker and set it to cook for about an hour or until the ribs are cooked through. Halfway through, baste the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce. When done, remove the ribs and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Slow-cooked ribs in a rice cooker

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Slow-cooked ribs in a rice cooker are a great option if you don’t have a slow cooker. Like the other variations, you can use any type of ribs and any type of seasoning you prefer.

First, season the ribs with your favorite rub or marinade and let them sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Next, add a cup of water to the rice cooker and place the ribs in the steam basket. Then, cover the rice cooker and set it to cook on the slowest setting for about four hours or until the ribs are cooked through.

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When done, take out the ribs and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Instant pot ribs vs. rice cooker ribs

Instant pot ribs and rice cooker ribs are both easy and convenient ways to cook ribs. Instant pot ribs are cooked under pressure and take less time than rice cooker ribs.

However, rice cooker ribs have a more steamed texture and may be more tender. If you prefer your ribs with a smokier flavor, go with Instant Pot ribs, if you don’t mind a steamed texture with lots of sauce, try rice cooker ribs.

Ribs with different marinades

Rice cooker ribs with different marinades are a great way to change up the flavor of your ribs. You can use a variety of marinades such as teriyaki, soy sauce, or garlic and herbs.

First, marinate the ribs for a few hours or overnight. When done, add a cup of water to the rice cooker and place the ribs in the steam basket.

Then, cover the rice cooker and set it to cook for about an hour or until the ribs are cooked through. When done, take out the ribs and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Using a rice cooker to make fall-off-the-bone ribs

Using a rice cooker to make fall-off-the-bone ribs is an easy and effortless way to make tender and flavorful ribs. You can use any type of ribs and any type of seasoning you prefer but the secret is to season the ribs with your favorite rub or marinade and let them sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.

When you are ready, add a cup of water to the rice cooker and place the ribs in the steam basket.

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Then, cover the rice cooker and set it to cook on the slowest setting for about four hours or until the ribs are cooked through.

When done, take out the ribs and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. Delicious!

Conclusion

Cooking ribs in a rice cooker is easy, convenient, and tasty. The process is versatile as it can be done using different techniques such as slow cooking or adding a variety of marinades or rubs. With this technique, you can easily make ribs that will leave you and your family satisfied. It’s important to note that you should experiment with different rubs and marinades to find your personal favorite. Remember to let the ribs rest before serving.

FAQs

1) Can I cook both rice and ribs at the same time in my rice cooker?

Yes, you can cook rice and ribs at the same time if you create a one-pot meal.

2) Can I cook frozen ribs in a rice cooker?

Yes, you can cook frozen ribs in a rice cooker, but it may take longer than fresh or thawed ribs.

3) How do I know when the ribs are cooked through in a rice cooker?

The ribs are cooked through when the internal temperature reaches 145°F for pork ribs and 165°F for beef ribs.

4) Can I add BBQ sauce to my ribs before cooking them in a rice cooker?

Yes, you can add BBQ sauce to your ribs before cooking them in a rice cooker. It will infuse the flavors into the meat as it cooks.

5) How long can I store leftover ribs cooked in a rice cooker?

Leftover ribs cooked in a rice cooker can be stored in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three months.

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