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Air Fryer BBQ Ribs Recipe (30 Minutes)

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  • Author: Hazel Roddy
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 28 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These are the best Air Fryer Ribs you’ve ever had – so tender and fall-off-the-bone delicious! It’s a quick and simple recipe that takes less than 40 minutes to prepare. Baby back ribs are seasoned with a simple dry rub before being cooked in the air fryer and finished with a homemade sticky barbecue sauce. They’re juicy, finger-licking good pork ribs that are highly addictive!



Ribs and Dry Rub:

  • 3 pounds baby back pork ribs (1 rack)
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika1 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


  1. Peel the silverskin from the back of the ribs to remove the membrane.
  2. Cut the rack of pork ribs into 2-3 sections to fit in the air fryer basket.
  3. To make the spice rub, combine garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and cumin in a small bowl.
  4. Season the baby back ribs by patting them dry and rubbing them all over with the spice rub.
  5. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F/190°C for a few minutes before cooking the ribs. When the basket is hot, place the ribs in it with the meat side down and cook for 15 minutes. (It’s important to heat up the air fryer first to prevent the ribs from sticking to the basket.)
  6. Using kitchen tongs, flip the ribs and cook for another 10 minutes at 375°F/190°C.
  7. Make the BBQ sauce: While the ribs are cooking, combine the ingredients for the BBQ sauce in a saucepan. Heat until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved over medium-low heat.
  8. Brush with BBQ sauce: Remove the basket from the air fryer and generously brush all sides with barbecue sauce.
  9. Return the basket to the air fryer and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes at 400°F/200°C, or until the sauce has set and darkened slightly. (Depending on the thickness of your ribs, it may take more or less time.)
  10. Remove the ribs from the basket and set aside for 5 minutes to allow the juices to circulate throughout the meat. Brush with additional barbeque sauce if desired.


You can also use spare ribs for this recipe, but cook for a longer period of time because spare ribs are typically larger.

You can use low carb sugar to make this recipe low carb and keto friendly.

Check frequently in the last few minutes to avoid burning your ribs.

  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 540kcal
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 935mg
  • Fat: 37g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 42g
  • Cholesterol: 148mg

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