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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!

raw rack of ribs on a cutting board
raw rack of ribs on a cutting board

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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Lanie

Monday 17th of August 2020

Can I use beef ribs? Can't eat pork.

staysnatched

Monday 17th of August 2020

Sure, if you want.

Tiffani

Friday 7th of August 2020

OMG!!! I have NEVER in my life made ribs, but, I was excited to try out this recipe. It did NOT disappoint. I gotta play around with rubs, and I would’ve liked a little more liquid smoke (I didn’t measure it) but these were SUPERB!!! Juicy, just as tender as if they were from the grill. I don’t think I’ll ever buy ribs from a BBQ restaurant again!!

staysnatched

Sunday 9th of August 2020

Yay! Ribs in the air fryer are so good!

Kim L Schmidt

Thursday 9th of July 2020

I loved your rib recipe! They turned out PERFECT! And so easy! I never liked "cooking", but I might start. :-) Thank you!!!

staysnatched

Sunday 12th of July 2020

You should totally start now! Air frying makes it easy!

Brooke

Sunday 28th of June 2020

Made these for dinner tonight using baby back ribs and they are fantastic! Followed recipe exactly and next time I Make these I wouldn’t change a thing. These were so good I didn’t even need to add BBQ sauce. Thanks for another great recipe!

staysnatched

Monday 29th of June 2020

Yes! I agree you totally don't need sauce!

Jayde

Sunday 21st of June 2020

Delish!!!! And so easy to make. Made these for Father's Day, along with the air fryer baked potatoes and instant pot southern green beans... My dad can't stop talking about how good they are. He can't believe I didn't grill them. Moist, tender, juicy with a little char. Just how we love them. Thanks again!!! Will def be in the dinner rotation.

staysnatched

Monday 22nd of June 2020

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it!