Air Fryer Ribs

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These air fryer ribs are quick, tender, and doused with a delicious barbeque sauce. Ready in minutes; enjoy them as dinner or lunch with your favorite sides! 

air fryer ribs.

If you’ve tried our country style ribs or 3-2-1 ribs before, you are in for a treat- Make juicy fall-off-the-bone ribs in a fraction of the time, thanks to the air fryer.

It’s a convenient and hassle-free way to enjoy this classic dish!

Table of Contents
  1. The best air fryer ribs
  2. Ingredients needed 
  3. How to cook ribs in the air fryer 
  4. Tips to make the best recipe 
  5. Storage instructions 
  6. More air fryer recipes to try
  7. Frequently asked questions
  8. Air Fryer Ribs (Recipe Card)

The best air fryer ribs

Although ribs are one of the most hands-off recipes you can make, I still sometimes find it a little cumbersome to make regularly. Luckily, the air fryer takes away all excuses and it’s now a common staple.

  • It’s quick. No need to heat up the grill or oven; these ribs cook up in minutes!
  • Easy. Season the ribs, toss them in the air fryer and let it do all the work.
  • Healthier. Fried or baked ribs require tons of oil or butter when cooking.
  • Easy clean-up: Air fryer cooks without excessive oil splattering, making clean-up easy afterward. 

What I love the most about this recipe is that the air fryer gives the ribs a nice crispy exterior while still keeping the inside tender and juicy!

Ingredients needed 

Besides the ribs and some seasonings, there isn’t much else in this recipe. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Pork baby rack ribs. These are specific rib cuts from the upper rib racks of pork. These include riblets, loin ribs, and back ribs. You can usually find them as a pack in the grocery store’s meat section. 
  • Salt and pepper. To season. 
  • Black pepper. To season. 
  • Spices. We used garlic powder, mustard powder, and smoked paprika. 
  • Barbeque sauce. Use any of your favorite BBQ sauces to coat the ribs with. Use a good quality barbecue sauce, as it makes all the difference.

How to cook ribs in the air fryer 

Ready to make perfect ribs in the air fryer? Here are the simple instructions: 

Step 1- Preheat the air fryer 

Before you begin, preheat the air fryer to 380F. 

Step 2- Prepare the ribs 

Remove the membrane from the ribs using a kitchen knife and clean it with a paper towel. Cut the rack into three equal parts and dry the ribs with a paper towel. 

how to cook ribs in air fryer.

Step 3- Season the ribs 

In a small bowl, add all the spices and season both sides of the ribs using it. 

seasoned ribs.

Step 4- Cook the ribs in the air fryer 

Wrap the ribs with the aluminum foil and place them in the pre-heated air fryer basket. Adjust the temperature to 380F, and air fry them for 25 minutes. 

ribs in tin foil in air fryer.

Step 5- Brush the sauce and cook again. 

Remove the ribs from the air fryer and carefully remove the aluminum foil. Brush the barbeque sauce and toss it into the air fryer for 10 minutes or until it sticks to the meat. 

ribs in air fryer.

Step 6- Rest, then Serve

Allow the ribs to rest for several minutes before serving. If desired, brush with more barbecue sauce.

ribs air fryer.

Tips to make the best recipe 

  • Look for meaty and well-marbled ribs, as these will be the most flavorful and tender.
  • Always pat ribs dry with a paper towel before seasoning them, as this will help the seasoning adhere to them and help them become crispy in the air fryer.
  • Cook the ribs in batches to ensure that the ribs cook evenly and never overcrowd the air fryer basket. 

Storage instructions 

To store. Leftover ribs can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.

To freeze. Once the ribs have cooled, place them in a shallow container and store them in the freezer for up to two months.

Reheating. Reheat the ribs in the air fryer for several minutes or in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

ribs in air fryer.

More air fryer recipes to try

Frequently asked questions

How long do ribs take to cook? 

When the temperature of the air fryer is 380F, it takes 40-45 minutes to cook in the air fryer. As the thickness of ribs increases, you’ll have to increase the cooking time.

Do ribs get tender in the air fryer? 

Yes, you’ll get perfectly tender ribs in the air fryer. Make sure to remove the membrane to allow the seasonings to absorb better.

Can I put foil in the air fryer? 

Yes, you can use foil in the air fryer to make cleanup easy. 

air fryer ribs recipe.

Air Fryer Ribs

5 from 105 votes
These air fryer ribs are quick, tender, and doused with a delicious barbeque sauce. Ready in minutes; enjoy them as dinner or lunch with your favorite sides! 
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 41 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 rack pork ribs
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 195C/280F.
  • Remove the membrane from the rack of ribs and divide them into three portions.
  • Pat dry the ribs and sprinkle all the seasonings on both sides.
  • Wrap each portion of ribs in tin foil and place them in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the ribs from the air fryer and discard the tin foil. Brush barbecue sauce all over the meat.
  • Place the ribs back in the air fryer basket and air fry for a further 10 minutes.
  • Allow the ribs to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

TO STORE: Leftover ribs can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.
TO FREEZE: Once the ribs have cooled, place them in a shallow container and store them in the freezer for up to two months.
TO REHEAT: Reheat the ribs in the air fryer for several minutes or in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 15gFat: 16gSodium: 950mgPotassium: 443mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 219IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 4g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    In the text section above the recipe, it reads to cook the ribs at 380ºF for 25 minutes. In the recipe section, it specifies 280ºF for 25 minutes. I’m sure the former is right and the latter wrong.

    But that made me think about first cooking the ribs (wrapped in foil) at a lower temperature for longer, then unwrapping them and cooking at a higher temperature for a short time. My air fryer’s lowest setting is 170ºF. I’m wondering about cooking the ribs wrapped in foil for an hour at 170º, then unwrap the ribs and cook them at 400ºF for (say) 10 minutes.