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BBQ Air Fryer Ribs

These tender and saucy bbq ribs come out perfect when cooked in the air fryer. Make air fryer ribs in less than 40 minutes. It’s perfect for any weeknight meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 576kcal
Author Tanya


  • 1 3 lb rack of pork baby back ribs cut in half, membrane removed
  • 3 Tbsp bbq rub
  • ½-1 cup bbq sauce


  • Season the ribs with bbq spice rub, covering both sides of the ribs.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes, then place the ribs in the air fryer basket, meat side down and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Once the 20 minutes is up, grab a pair of tongs and flip the ribs over, and cook for an additional 10 minutes on 380 degrees.
  • Once the timer is up, open the basket and cover with the bbq sauce. Return to Air fryer and cook for 5 minutes on 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove and allow the ribs to rest for a few minutes. Feel free to cover with additional bbq sauce if you like saucy ribs.



  • The cook times in this recipe are for pork baby back ribs. Beef ribs will likely take longer to cook.
  • I used my large air fryer (5.3qt) to ensure all my ribs would fit into the basket.


Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 419IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 6mg