The air fryer’s ability to circulate hot air at high speeds makes it an ideal tool for achieving the coveted crispiness of ribs without the long wait times associated with traditional cooking methods. This BBQ Air Fryer Ribs recipe streamlines the process, allowing you to enjoy succulent, fall-off-the-bone ribs in a fraction of the time.

1. BBQ Air Fryer Ribs Recipe


  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs for optimal tenderness. Then pat the ribs dry with paper towels.

In a small bowl, mix smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to create a dry rub. Massage this rub onto both sides of the ribs, ensuring an even coating.

Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for a few minutes.

Cut each rack of ribs in half to fit into the air fryer basket. Place the ribs in the basket in a single layer, avoiding overcrowding. Cook for 25-30 minutes, flipping the ribs halfway through.

Brush a generous layer of barbecue sauce onto both sides of the ribs. Ensure the sauce is evenly distributed for maximum flavor.

Return the sauced ribs to the air fryer and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until the sauce is caramelized and the ribs are crispy on the edges. Besides, the ribs need reach an internal temperature of 190-203°F (88-95°C). You can use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

Allow the ribs to rest for a few minutes before slicing. Serve hot, garnished with additional barbecue sauce and your favorite side dishes.

You can pair your BBQ Air Fryer Ribs with classic barbecue sides like coleslaw, cornbread, or roasted vegetables.

The BBQ Air Fryer Ribs recipe combines the efficiency of the air fryer with the timeless appeal of barbecue flavors, resulting in ribs that are tender, flavorful, and irresistibly crispy.

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