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These are the best Air Fryer Ribs – so tender, crispy, and flavorful but not fall-off-the-bone! It’s a super easy recipe that takes 30 minutes to make. Baby back ribs are seasoned with a simple dry rub, and then cooked in the air fryer, finally coated with a homemade sticky barbecue sauce. They are juicy, finger-licking delicious pork ribs and so addictive! #AirFryerRibs #AirFryerPorkRibs #AirFryerBabyBackRibs
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Air Fryer Ribs Recipe (+VIDEO)

These are the best Air Fryer Ribs – so tender and fall-off-the-bone delicious! It’s a super easy recipe that takes less than 40 minutes to make. Baby back ribs are seasoned with a simple dry rub, and then cooked in the air fryer, finally coated with a homemade sticky barbecue sauce. They are juicy, finger-licking good pork ribs and so addictive!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer Baby Back Ribs, Air Fryer Pork Ribs, Air Fryer Ribs
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 540kcal
Author Izzy

Ingredients

Ribs and Dry Rub:

  • 3 pounds baby back pork ribs (1 rack)
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Sweet and Sticky BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Remove the membrane: Peel off the silverskin from the back of the ribs.
  • Cut the rack of pork ribs into 2-3 sections so that it can fit into your air fryer basket.
  • Make the spice rub: In a small bowl, mix garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper and cumin.
  • Season the baby back ribs: Pat the ribs dry and rub the ribs on all sides with the spice rub.
  • Cook the ribs in the air fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 375°F/190°C for a few minutes. Once hot, place the ribs into the basket with the meat side down and cook for 15 minutes. (It’s important to let the air fryer to heat up first to avoid the ribs from sticking to the basket.)
  • Flip the ribs using kitchen tongs, and cook for 10 more minutes at 375°F/190°C.
  • Make the BBQ sauce: While the ribs are cooking, you can add bbq sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
  • Brush with BBQ sauce: Remove the basket from the air fryer and brush generously with barbecue sauce on all sides.
  • Place the basket back in the air fryer and cook for 3-5 more minutes at 400°F/200°C, or until the sauce has set and darkened slightly. (It may take more or less time based on the thickness or your ribs)
  • Remove the ribs from the basket and let them rest for 5 minutes so that the juices can redistribute through the meat. Feel free to brush with more barbeque sauce if you like.

Video

Notes

  • You can also use spare ribs for this recipe, but make sure to cook for a longer time as spare ribs are usually larger.
  • If you’d like to make this recipe low carb and keto friend, you can use low carb sugar.
  • Check frequently during the last few minutes so that your ribs won’t get burned.

Nutrition

Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 935mg | Potassium: 636mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 632IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg