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Air Fryer BBQ Ribs

Air Fryer BBQ Ribs


    Tender and delicious!

    • 25
    • Serves 2
    • Easy



    These Air Fryer BBQ Ribs are absolutely AMAZING! Beat the heat this summer and make these bad boys in your air fryer. Who needs a oven anyway? 

    air fried bbq ribs

    Yup an Air Fryer does make Ribs tender.

    Believe it or not! 

    And also make for some of the most delicious ribs you will ever taste! 


    Absolutely, having an air fryer allows you to have BBQ ribs throughout the year. 

    And is one of my favorite methods now to cooking ribs. 

    So if you like the taste of BBQ ribs… you’re going to LOVE THIS RIB RECIPE!

    air fryer bbq ribs

    Yes of course you can actually heat up the grill outside and bbq some RIBS or bake them in the oven. 

    Or you can air fry it and save yourself the hassle and mess.

    And trust me, your family will not know the difference from these and oven baked ribs.



    I currently have and use the T-fal ActiFry Fryer

    Also on occasion I will use my Gotham Steel Fryer as well. *Goes direct in the oven.

    Both tools work well for this recipe! 

    T-fal ActiFry Fryer

    Gotham crisper tray



    preparing the bbq ribs for the air fryer

    Honestly, it is super easy.

    And having tried numerous ways to air fry ribs myself. I found the best option to be the one that I’m about to share with you today. 

    I’m telling you, it is simple and saves a lot of time and hassle that some other recipes may call for. 

    Such as cooking them first in tinfoil, I find that this method really is not necessary.

    preparing the bbq ribs for the air fryer

    The method that I prefer, is to remove the skin from the ribs as much as possible with a knife.

    This is done by sliding a knife under the membrane and over the bone enough to loosen the skin so you then can pull it away. It is not the easiest thing to do, so do your best. 

    removing the membrane from the ribs

    Then you will simply cut the ribs into two piece sections and coat with salt and pepper. Before placing in the air fryer, to cook for 15 minutes till golden brown.

    Cooking air fryer ribs

    Once the ribs have turned Golden brown (as seen in the picture below)

    Marinating the baby back ribs

    Then remove the ribs from the fryer with a pair of tongs and coat each side of the ribs with your Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce.


    It is really that simple guys.

    Then airfryer once more for the remaining 10 minutes!

    You will then have tender, juicy, sweet and tangy ribs. 

    air fryer bbq ribs


    Heck yes, I do it all the time. Plus the cleanup is much easier than say doing it in the oven. 


    If your doing this in the oven on the Gotham Steel Crisper? 400 f will do the trick!

    If your doing this in most tabletop air fryers then the general rule of thumb is to reduce the suggested temperature by 25°F or 3.889 C than what you would do in your oven and then cut the cook time by about 20%


    I use the T-Fal Active air fryer and put them on for 25  minutes, please check with your air fryers cooking instructions. 

    T-fal ActiFry Fryer

    air fryer bbq ribs

    If you have never used an air fryer, now is the time. They are more affordable now than ever.

    Plus they are also a much healthier way to cook food, since the fat drains away and it is never deep fried.


    Air frying is a healthy alternative to deep frying food. And most air fryers have been marketed in a way to make you think that this cooking technique is best for those who make a lot of those at home.  

    Well I am here to tell you that you do not need to just be a deep fried food lover to want to use this cooking method. RATHER if you love to bake food, then this is also a great alternative. And in most cases is much healthier than traditional baking methods. 

    air fryer ribs

    Because air frying mimics deep fried foods but uses little to no oil. 

    So you can enjoy all the same deep – fried or baked foods that we have all come to know and love again but in a healthy way.


    air fryer bbq ribs

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    air fryer bbq ribs

    Air Fryer Bbq Ribs

    Yield: 2
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes

    Tender and Tasty!


    • 1 rack of baby back, side ribs
    • 1 cup of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce.
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper


    1. Start by removing your ribs from the package.
    2. Then remove the skin from the ribs as much as possible with a knife.
    3. This is done by sliding a knife under the membrane and over the bone enough to loosen the skin so you then can pull it away. It is not the easiest thing to do, so do your best. 
    4. Then you will simply cut the ribs into two piece sections.
    5. Place into a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
    6. Place in the air fryer for 15 minutes and cook till golden brown.
    7. Remove the ribs and coat them on both sides with your BBQ sauce.
    8. Place back into the air fryer for the remaining 10 minutes.
    9. Serve hot and enjoy!

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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 747Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 3012mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 2gSugar: 55gProtein: 38g

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