These Air Fryer Ribs will be your new favorite way to make tender and juicy ribs in no time! Done in 30 minutes and so flavorful served with your favorite BBQ sauce.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Servings: 2 Serving
- 1 rack baby back ribs, about 1.5 pounds
- ½ cup BBQ sauce, plus more for serving
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp dry mustard powder
- Preheat Air Fryer to 375 degrees F.
- Pat dry ribs with paper towels, remove the membrane or score lightly with a sharp knife (see pictures above).
- Combine BBQ seasoning ingredients and season ribs evenly on both sides.
- When Air Fryer is preheated, put ribs in the basket with the meat side down. Air Fry for 25 mins, turning the ribs halfway through.
- When time is up, brush BBQ sauce on both sides and cook ribs for 5 more minutes at 400 degrees F until the sauce has set and the internal temperature is 190 degrees F. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!
- Let ribs rest for 5 minutes before serving with more BBQ sauce on the side.
- Membrane: For more flavorful and tender ribs remove the membrane, kitchen paper towel works best to pull it off, but you can also score the membrane with three light cuts this works well enough
- Preheat: Make sure to preheat the Air Fryer so the ribs don’t stick.
- Air frying: Cook the ribs meat side down in the beginning for more flavor
- Internal Temperature: The ribs are done when the sauce has set and they are slightly crispy. Usually, you want to cook pork to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, but to get them tender in a short amount of time you want to essentially overcook these ribs. If you have an instant-read thermometer you want to aim for about 190 degrees F internally
- Spacing: My Air Fryer has a large basket and can fit one full rack cut into two pieces. If your basket is smaller you might need to cook the ribs in batches or cook them leaning onto the sides of the basket
- Different Air Fryers: Cooking times can vary depending on your Air Fryer! Keep an eye on the ribs especially in the last few minutes to make sure they don’t burn
- Leftovers: Store leftover ribs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 – 4 days. Reheat leftovers in the Air Fryer for a few minutes at 350 degrees F.
Calories: 798kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 2095mg | Potassium: 823mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1154iu | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 4mg