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Air Fryer Ribs

Air Fryer Ribs

Hosting a BBQ this weekend? You are going to love this Air Fryer Ribs recipe. It's SO easy to make, you won't believe it. Serve along with your favorite cold side salads for an epic summer spread.

angled down photo of cooked ribs slathered with bbq sauce

HOW TO MAKE RIBS IN AN AIR FRYER

Ever feel eluded by the idea of making ribs at home? This easy air fryer recipe proves it's super easy to do. This recipe starts with a perfect dry rub, then you simply slather on your favorite BBQ sauce to finish. It will be your new favorite main dish go-to for barbecues.

plated bbq ribs served with baked beans

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE RIBS IN AN AIR FRYER

You will need just a handful of ingredients to make this easy air fryer ribs recipe. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card to get specific measurements and complete instructions.

side view of ribs stacked in a row

Here is a list of the ingredients needed to make air fryer ribs.

  • Rack of Baby Back Ribs
  • Brown Sugar
  • Sea salt & Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Celery Salt
  • Ground Mustard
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • BBQ sauce

This rib recipe has a nice kick to it, thanks for the addition of cayenne pepper. If you prefer a more mild flavor, simply just omit the cayenne.

using a food brush to slather on bbq sauce onto air fried ribs

AIR FRYER RIBS INSTRUCTIONS

The instructions to make air fryer ribs are very simple. The cooking process only takes 20 minutes which is completely amazing thanks to the modern technology of air fryers.

Get ready for a delish hearty rack of ribs in under a half an hour. Score.

slab of cooked bbq ribs in an air fryer basket

The first thing to do is combine the brown sugar, sea salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt, ground mustard and (optional) cayenne pepper together in a small bowl until blended perfectly.

Once the dry rub is make, rub it all over the ribs covering all sides.

cooked bbq ribs set in an air fryer basket

Next up, place the ribs in your air fryer basket or tray and cook at 350°F for 20 minutes.

Then, baste all sides of the ribs with BBQ sauce and cook at 350° for an additional 10 minutes.

At this point, you want to use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature to make sure they are at least 165°F.

plated air fryer ribs with bbq sauce

Repeat if you need to cook more ribs and prepare to serve your masterpiece!

side view of barbecued ribs on a white plate

The air fryer is a great way to cook up some tasty ribs. The process is faster than traditional methods while still producing food with an amazing texture! This recipe will become a fast favorite.

angled down photo of cooked ribs slathered with bbq sauce

Air Fryer Ribs

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Easy Air Fryer Ribs Recipe with the perfect dry rub with a cayenne kick and then slathered in your favorite bbq sauce. Perfect summer main dish.

Ingredients

  • 3 pound rack of baby back ribs, divided in half if needed to fit into air fryer
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ⅓ cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

1. Combine brown sugar, sea salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic

powder, onion powder, celery salt, ground mustard and (optional) cayenne

pepper in a bowl.

2. Rub spices all over the ribs. Coating all sides.

3. Place ribs in the air fryer basket/tray.

4. Cook at 350°F for 20 minutes.

5. Baste all sides of the ribs with BBQ sauce.

6. Cook at 350° for an additional 10 minutes. Using an instant read

thermometer, check the internal temperature to make sure they are at

least 165°F.

7. Repeat if you have more ribs to cook.

8. Serve.

Notes

If a full rack of ribs is too many for you, add the rub to the ribs then freeze half.

When you’re ready to cook them, defrost in the refrigerator and cook as directed

when they’re defrosted.

The cayenne pepper makes the ribs slightly spicy. If you don’t like any spice, omit

the cayenne.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 671Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 25gCholesterol 165mgSodium 1114mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 19gProtein 46g

This nutritional information is for reference only. We are not responsible for these calculations.

Ready for perfectly juicy and flavorful ribs in just 20 mins?

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