Air Fryer Baby Back Ribs


Who would have thought you can prep and cook your ribs in less than an hour? Well now you can using an air fryer. Quick and easy for a weeknight dinner.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 rack baby back ribs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 cup BBQ sauce


  1. Remove membrane from back of ribs and dry ribs with a paper towel. Cut rack into 4 pieces. Mix olive oil and liquid smoke in a small bowl and rub on both sides of the ribs.

  2. Combine brown sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder in a bowl. Season both sides of the ribs generously with seasoning mix. Let ribs rest for 30 minutes to enhance the flavor.

  3. Preheat an air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Place ribs bone-side down in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching; cook in batches if necessary.

  5. Cook for 15 minutes. Flip ribs over (meat-side down) and cook an additional 10 minutes. Remove ribs from air fryer and brush bone-side of ribs with 1/2 cup BBQ sauce. Place basket back in the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes. Flip ribs over, brush meat-side with remaining 1/2 cup BBQ sauce; cook an additional 5 minutes or until desired char is achieved.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

445 Calories
29g Fat
27g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 445
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 1070mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 384mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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