Sunday, October 22, 2023

Air Fryer Baby Back Ribs

Yeah, Air Fryer Baby Back Ribs is a real thing.

This was just a delicious dinner. And it was pretty easy to prepare and with cautious plating, it was easy to clean up. The ribs were on sale this week so it was also an economical dinner.

I found the rib recipe on All Recipes. I had to air fry the rack in two batches, but we only ate 1/2 a rack for dinner tonight. We will have the other 1/2 rack later this week.


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
( we used Guy Fieri Kansas City BBQ Sauce)


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

Combine brown sugar, salt, pepper, 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.

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

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

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.

The Air Fried Mac and Cheese Balls were a nice side. They were extra cheesy. The recipe is on an earlier post. Click here for that recipe.

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