With BBQ season here, we are ready to make our favorite Dominican ribs: Costillitas de puerco en salsa verde. With traditional Dominican flavors and cooking methods, these simple but juicy, tasty fall-off-the-bone ribs are 100% savory and absolutely worth trying.

– 4 pound pork ribs, [1.81 kg] spare ribs, separated – 1 teaspoon oregano powder – 1 teaspoon pepper (freshly-cracked, or ground) – 1½ tablespoon salt – 6 cloves garlic – 1 large red onion, cut into wedges


Step 1:

In the Instant Pot, pressure cooker or regular pot, combine the ribs, oregano, pepper, salt, garlic, and onion. Add enough water to come to the same level as the ribs.

Step 2:

In Instant Pot: Close the lid and set the valve to SEALING. Set to HIGH PRESSURE and the timer to 30 minutes. When the cycle finishes, set the valve to VENTING. Once the pressure is released, carefully open it, and check that the meat is very tender. If needed, repeat this but set the timer to 10 minutes.

Step 3:

Remove the ribs from the liquid onto a tray, tapping lightly to leave behind as much liquid as possible. Don't discard the liquid; freeze it to use as broth in soup another day.

Step 4:

Cook at the maximum temperature on both sides for 3-5 minutes, or until they have a nice golden-brown color. I had to use a BBQ liner to be sure the ribs would not fall through the grill grate, but it's not absolutely necessary.

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