Finger-Lickin' Good: Air Fryer BBQ Ribs

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Smokeless BBQ: Delicious Air Fryer Ribs

When it comes to BBQ ribs, it's hard to beat the taste and texture of those cooked low and slow over a smoky fire.

But with the air fryer, you can achieve that same delicious flavor and tenderness without having to wait hours or even fire up your grill.

This air fryer BBQ ribs recipe is a game-changer that will have you whipping up a batch of mouthwatering ribs in no time.

Whether you're a BBQ rib aficionado or simply looking for a new way to cook them, you'll love the convenience and delicious results of this recipe.

In this recipe, we'll be using baby back pork ribs, which are known for their tenderness and flavor.

The ribs are seasoned with a simple dry rub made with brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

This rub gives the ribs a nice crust and a little sweetness that pairs well with the BBQ sauce.

Once seasoned, the ribs are cooked in the air fryer, which uses hot air to circulate around the food, cooking it evenly and quickly.

The result is fall-off-the-bone tender ribs with a crispy exterior and smoky-sweet flavor.

What's more, this recipe is very easy to follow and it's a great way to enjoy BBQ ribs without having to deal with the hassle of a grill or smoker.

The air fryer makes it possible to enjoy BBQ ribs all year round, no matter the weather. These ribs are perfect for a weeknight dinner or as a party appetizer.

So, give it a try, and enjoy some delicious, tender and juicy BBQ ribs in no time.

BBQ Ribs in the Air Fryer


  • 2-3 lbs baby back pork ribs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs and trim any excess fat.
  3. Rub the seasoning mixture all over the ribs.
  4. Place the ribs in the air fryer basket and set the temperature to 375°F.
  5. Cook the ribs for 20 minutes on each side.
  6. Brush the BBQ sauce on the ribs and cook for an additional 5 minutes on each side.
  7. Remove the ribs from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Note: Cooking time may vary depending on the size and thickness of your ribs, so it's best to use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. The internal temperature should reach 145°F.

Tips for making BBQ ribs in the air fryer

  1. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs before seasoning. This will help the rub to adhere better and will also make the ribs more tender.
  2. Use a good quality BBQ sauce, or make your own. Brush the sauce on the ribs during the last few minutes of cooking to avoid burning.
  3. Cook the ribs in small batches to ensure even cooking. Overcrowding the air fryer basket can lead to uneven cooking.
  4. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. The internal temperature of the ribs should reach 145°F for safe consumption.
  5. Allow the ribs to rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving. This will help the juices redistribute and make the ribs even more tender.
  6. Experiment with different seasonings and sauces to find your favorite combination. You can use dry rubs, marinades or even injecting the meat with your favorite sauce.
  7. If you want to add some smoke flavor you can use a smoking gun or wood chips, this will give the ribs a nice smoky flavor.
  8. Be mindful of the cooking time since it can vary depending on the size of your ribs, adjust accordingly.
  9. Don't forget to spray the air fryer basket with oil before cooking to avoid sticking

Learn how to make fall-off-the-bone tender BBQ ribs in the air fryer by watching our step-by-step video tutorial

Souce: TipBuzz

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