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air fryer bbq ribs

Air Fryer Baby Back Ribs

This cooking method produced some nicely flavored ribs that were fairly tender but still had some bite to them. 
4.05 from 45 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Additional Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6 ribs
Calories 476 kcal


  • ½ rack baby back ribs
  • ½ cup bbq rub
  • ½ cup bbq sauce
  • 3 cups water


  • Remove the Ribs from the packaging and don't pat them dry, let the natural juices help the seasoning stick to the Ribs
  • Let the Pork Ribs set out at room temperature for 30 minutes
  • Remove the membrane by carefully slipping a butter knife between the bone and silver skin to loosen
  • Using a paper towel for better leverage grab the loosened membrane and peel free from the bones
  • Season both sides of the ribs with the BBQ rub
  • Preheat to 390°F on the Roast mode
  • Add Ribs to the Air Crisp Basket, meat side up.
  • Lower the temperature to 325°F
  • Roast at 325°F for 10 minutes.
  • Flip the Ribs over, meat side down.
  • Add 1 cup of very hot water to the base pan
  • Roast on 325°F for another 10 minutes.
  • Flip the Ribs over, meat side up. 
  • Roast on 325°F for an additional 10 minutes. (The internal temperature was 198°F after 30 minutes of roasting.)
  • Switch to 350°F on Air Crisp mode 
  • Brush the ribs with BBQ sauce. 
  • If the pan has become dry add an additional cup of water to the base pan to prevent the sauce from possibly smoking
  • Air Crisp at 350° for 5 minutes to allow the sauce to set
  • Remove from the grill, let rest for 5 minutes, serve and enjoy!


If the membrane doesn't come off easily don't sweat it. Mine separated nicely after cooking.


Serving: 1gCalories: 476kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 27gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 1353mgFiber: 2gSugar: 37g
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