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Air Fryer Tender Juicy Smoked BBQ Ribs

Air Fryer Tender Juicy Smoked BBQ Ribs is a quick and easy recipe that will show you how to make baby back or spare country pork ribs in the air fryer. You can use Power Air Fryer, Cooks Essential or any branded air fryer. Take your pick of boneless or bone-in ribs. Make sure to drizzle them in BBQ sauce.

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Do you live in a part of the country that has harsh winters? I do! I’m a Midwest gal. I live in Kansas City. Not only do we have harsh winters, but we are KNOWN for our BBQ here. No other city or state can compare to ours!

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When it’s freezing cold and I am craving BBQ I am happy that I now have the air fryer to get me through. You can still prepare tender and juicy ribs that have that smokey taste.

What’s the secret? Liquid smoke. I have been using this stuff for years and you will definitely want to get some on hand as well.

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The Best Way to Grill Ribs in the Air Fryer

For starters, I suggest you marinate your ribs first, especially if you want the smokey taste. You don’t have to marinate them all night (though you can).

I suggest adding the liquid smoke and seasonings to the ribs. Cover them in foil and let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

How Long to Cook/Cook Time

Then, you add them to the air fryer. Cook on both sides for 15 minutes each, for a total of 30 minutes.

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sliced ribs on a cutting board

Air Fryer Temperature

I use 360 degrees.

When they are finished, slather them in your favorite BBQ sauce. My favorite is our local Gates BBQ sauce.

How long does it take to make BBQ ribs?

The ribs will need 30 minutes to marinate and another 30 minutes of cook time. You can complete the recipe in about an hour.

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If you prefer to make your own BBQ sauce, check out this post on Homemade BBQ Sauce recipes.

Pair your ribs with these Loaded Air Fryer Baked Potatoes!

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Air Fryer Tender Juicy Smoked BBQ Ribs

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Air Fryer Tender Juicy Smoked BBQ Ribs is a quick and easy recipe that will show you how to make baby back or spare country pork ribs in the air fryer. You can use Power Air Fryer, Cooks Essential or any branded air fryer. Take your pick of boneless or bone-in ribs. Make sure to drizzle them in BBQ sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 rack ribs (baby back or spare ribs)
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2-3 tablespoons pork rub I used Kansas City Gate's classic BBQ rub or McCormick's Grill Mates Pork Rub is another option
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.This is a thin layer that can be tough to remove. Sometimes it will peel right off. You can also cut it, and pull it off.  Cut the ribs in half or so the ribs are able to fit in the air fryer.
  2. Drizzle the liquid smoke over both sides of the ribs.
  3. Season both sides with the pork rub, salt and pepper.
  4. Cover the ribs and allow the ribs to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. 
  5. Add the ribs to the air fryer. It is ok to stack the ribs.
  6. Cook for 15 minutes on 360 degrees.
  7. Open the air fryer. Flip the ribs. Cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  8. Remove the ribs from the air fryer. Drizzle the ribs with BBQ sauce.

Notes

Get the recipe for Low-Carb Homemade BBQ Sauce here.

Grab your 14 Day Air Fryer Meal Plan here.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 375Total Fat 27gCarbohydrates 12 net gProtein 18g

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Amanda G.

Friday 17th of December 2021

I love how these came out with a slightly crunchy outside but were very tender and juicy on the inside! I paired them with your ranch roasted potatoes and some roasted asparagus-delicious!

staysnatched

Friday 17th of December 2021

That sounds like a great pairing!

Kate Yonder

Tuesday 30th of November 2021

I marinated my ribs (for 48 hours) with a recipe I was craving for then cooked them in my Instant Pot VP air fryer. They burned for the first 15 minutes. I found that 360 was too high. I reduced the temperature to 300 for the remaining 15 minutes. The ribs were cooked perfectly. Very tender. I have another rack and will repeat this. I will try 320 degrees for 25 minutes.

Thank you for providing a base for me to work with. New to air frying here.

staysnatched

Tuesday 30th of November 2021

I'm glad to hear it worked out. I've never used that air fryer.

Antoiniece Robinson

Sunday 19th of September 2021

There’s are ALWAYS a hit. Making them again today for our game festivities !

staysnatched

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

Perfect for game days!

Carol Hofbauer

Saturday 3rd of July 2021

When you say you can stack the ribs, do you mean vertically or horizontally? Thanks so much!

staysnatched

Saturday 3rd of July 2021

Either

Koreatha

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

Can I use something other than liquid smoke? Just curious

staysnatched

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

You can omit it.

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