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Air Fryer BBQ Ribs Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 622kcal
Cook up quick, easy, and tender Air Fryer BBQ Ribs for game day! These baby back ribs are seasoned with a homemade dry rub and brushed with BBQ sauce for the ultimate sweet, smoky, sticky combination.
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  • 3-3 ½ pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • cup BBQ sauce plus more for serving


  • Preheat the air fryer to 370°F for 5 minutes.
    ingredients for air fryer bbq ribs
  • Spray the inner basket of the air fryer with nonstick spray.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and cumin. Set aside.
    1 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    spices for ribs rub in a glass bowl
  • Strip the silverskin membrane from the back of the ribs. Cut the rack into 4 equal portions. Rub the spice mixture all over the ribs.
    3-3 ½ pounds baby back pork ribs
    ribs with spice rub on a white plate
  • Place the ribs meat side down in the air fryer basket.
    ribs in an air fryer basket before cooking
  • Cook the ribs for 30 minutes, flipping after 15 minutes.
  • Brush the ribs with BBQ sauce and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Serve with more BBQ sauce, as desired.
    ⅓ cup BBQ sauce
    brushing bbq sauce onto cooked ribs in an air fryer basket



  • Ribs: To remove the silverskin membrane from the back of the ribs, use a sharp knife to lift it away from the ribs and pull to remove it. Your butcher can also complete this step for you!
  • BBQ Sauce: Use your favorite or make homemade BBQ sauce (my go-to).


Calories: 622kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 1047mg | Potassium: 725mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 605IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 3mg