You’ll love making baby back ribs in the air fryer! No babysitting the grill or smoker all day, and the meat cooks to absolute perfection. Ready in less than an hour!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 1x

Category: Main Course


  • 3 pound rack of pork baby back ribs
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, plus more as desired


  1. Peel the silverskin from the back of the ribs then cut the rack into 2-3 sections that fit into your air fryer basket.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine paprika, garlic powder, salt, brown sugar, chili powder, and pepper. Season both sides of the ribs with the spice mixture bbq spice rub, covering both sides well.
  4. Place the rib sections in the air fryer basket, meat side down, and air fry for 15 minutes. Flip the ribs with a pair of tongs and air fry them for an additional 10-12 minutes.
  5. When the timer is up, open the basket and brush the ribs with BBQ sauce – as much or little as you want. Close the air fryer and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the ribs and allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving with additional BBQ sauce if desired.


How to reheat baby back ribs:
1. Air fry at 380 degrees for 5-8 minutes or until hot

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