These juicy, succulent air fryer ribs are super easy to prepare. They are coated in a homemade spice blend and then topped with our homemade barbecue sauce.
This fool-proof recipe is a convenient way to prepare this hearty cut of meat and enjoy it year around.
One of the main benefits of using an air fryer is that it cooks food quickly and evenly, while
also preventing the need for excess oil.
This results in a healthier and more flavorful meal.
Air Fryer Ribs
To begin, this recipe starts with a rack of beef ribs. If you prefer pork, you can use the same recipe to make it with pork ribs.
To keep the meat from drying out, it is wrapped in aluminum foil to cook for the majority of the cooking time. Then we uncover it so that it will brown on top while still retaining the moisture.
Beef Ribs Cut and Tips
When it comes to beef cuts, we recommend you choose those that are meaty.
We recommend cleaning the ribs by removing as much of the membranes and skin as possible.
Some Popular Ingredients for Rubs
As included in the spice blend to prepare this air fryer ribs recipe, some of the popular ingredients include a classic combination of salt, pepper, and paprika, or a bolder blend of spices such as cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder.
You can also experiment with different herbs and spices to create your own unique blend.
Trim your beef if needed. This means removing the skin, cutting away extra fat, and of course, as mentioned removing the membranes.
As the ribs cook, we recommend you check on the beef as it cooks so you do not overcook the meat. Remember, some cuts are thicker than others, it’s best to check on them to assure you cook the to your desired tenderness.
Recipe Key Ingredients
Beef ribs – short ribs or beef chuck riblets (2½ to 3 lbs. per rack trimmed and membrane removed. Clean and washed)
BBQ Sauce: To give them a sweet and tangy. Using BBQ sauce is completely optional.
Spice Blend: Various spices and herbs are used to flavor the meat.
The full recipe with the exact measurement is listed in the recipe card below.
Ribs In Air Fryer Cooking Method
After cleaning and washing the meat. Pat the meat dry with a clean paper towel.
Pour the balsamic vinegar over the meat. Next, rub the spice blend onto the meat on all sides.
Transfer the meat to the air fryer basket and pour the remaining balsamic vinegar over the meat in the basket.
Set the temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cook the ribs for about 25-30 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit.
After 10 minutes, flip the meat to the other side and resume cooking. Once the ribs are cooked, add a layer of the barbecue sauce, return to the air fryer basket, and cook for an additional 5 minutes or check for your desired doneness.
Enjoy with your favorite side dish.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
No, they are not the same. Although both beef ribs and short ribs are cooked in similar ways, the cut is different as they are from two different parts of the cow. Short ribs are cut from the lower section in front of the cow, whereas back beef ribs are cut from the back in the upper section of the cow.
Beef Ribs can be tough if they are not cooked properly, making them very difficult to eat and enjoy.
The two most common rib types are back ribs and back ribs.
It depends on your preference. Beef ribs are much more expensive. Pork ribs cook faster, much easier to purchase as they are readily available.
How To Store Leftovers
If you have leftovers, it is best to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They
should be eaten within 3-4 days to ensure maximum freshness.
To reheat, you can place your air fryer ribs back in the air fryer for about 5 minutes or until heated through, or you can put them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.
Cooking beef ribs in an air fryer is a great way to achieve delicious and succulent ribs in a
fraction of the time it would take in the oven.
The added benefit of less oil and the ability to add a layer of barbecue sauce, make it a great meal to serve to your family and friends.
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Ribs In The Air Fryer
- Beef Ribs (2.36 lbs); We used beef chuck riblets.
- 1 Tbsp. Parsley Flakes; Dried
- 1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
- 1 Tbsp. Paprika
- 1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
- 2 ½ tsp. Kosher Salt
- ¼ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. Light Brown Sugar
- 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
- Homemade BBQ Sauce Optional
- In a medium bowl mix all the dry spices together and sit aside.Trim the beef if needed. This means removing the skin, cutting away extra fat, and of course, as mentioned removing the membranes.After cleaning and washing the meat. Pat the meat dry with a clean paper towel. Set it aside on a large plate.
- Pour the balsamic vinegar over the meat. Next, rub the spice blend onto the meat on all sides.Transfer the meat to the air fryer basket and pour the remaining balsamic vinegar over the meat in the basket.Set the temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cook the ribs for about 25-30 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit.After 10 minutes, flip the meat to the other side and resume cooking. Once the ribs are cooked, add a layer of the barbecue sauce, return to the air fryer basket, and cook for an additional 5 minutes or check for your desired doneness.