air fryer ribs

Air Fryer Setup

  1. Preheat: Set your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). Preheating helps start the cooking process quickly and evenly.
  2. Cut the Ribs: Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cut the rib rack into sections that fit into the basket without overcrowding.

Cooking Process

  1. Place the Ribs: Place the ribs in the air fryer basket, meaty side up. If needed, you can layer them slightly, but try to ensure each piece has some space around it.
  2. Cooking Time: Cook for about 25-30 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, flip the ribs to ensure even cooking and browning.
  3. Check for Doneness: The ribs are done when they are tender enough to pull away from the bone with a fork but not falling apart. The internal temperature should reach at least 145°F (63°C), but for more tenderness, aim for 190-200°F (88-93°C).

Finishing Touches

Adding BBQ Sauce

If you like your ribs with a glaze:

  1. Brush with BBQ Sauce: In the last 5-10 minutes of cooking, brush your favorite BBQ sauce over the ribs and return them to the air fryer to caramelize the sauce slightly.

Serving Suggestions


  • Sides: Serve your ribs with classic sides like coleslaw, cornbread, or a simple green salad.
  • Beverages: A cold beer, lemonade, or iced tea pairs wonderfully with the smoky flavors of the ribs.


  • Cut the ribs between the bones and stack them attractively on a platter. Garnish with a little more BBQ sauce and some fresh herbs like parsley to enhance the visual appeal.


Air fryer ribs offer a quick, convenient, and utterly delicious way to enjoy a barbecue favorite at home. With the right preparation, seasoning, and cooking technique, you can achieve ribs that are rich in flavor, perfectly caramelized, and fall-off-the-bone tender. Whether you’re a seasoned rib aficionado or a casual cook looking to try something new, the air fryer can transform the way you cook and enjoy ribs.

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