Air Fryer Country Style Ribs

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These Air Fryer Country Style Ribs are the way to go for delicious, juicy ribs with a juicy, tender texture. You can make these with country-style pork ribs, a handful of seasonings, and BBQ sauce.

Country ribs
Air fryer country style ribs

Why You’ll Love It

  • Don’t worry about the weather or having access to a grill or smoker. With your air fryer, you can enjoy the taste of barbecue indoors, year-round.
  • Whether you prefer a sweet, smoky, or spicy BBQ sauce, this recipe allows you to customize your ribs with your favorite flavors. It’s the perfect opportunity to experiment and find your ideal sauce.
  • The quick cooking method of the air fryer makes your ribs incredibly juicy, soft, and nearly fall off the bone. No more slow cooking for hours on end—you can achieve the same delicious results in a lot less time.

» You might also like these Air Fryer Short Ribs.

Ingredients You’ll Need

ingredients for Country ribs
  • Country Pork Ribs – I usually prefer to use boneless pork ribs, but you can buy them with the bone-in as well. Bone-in will likely take longer to cook.
  • Cooking Spray or Olive Oil – I use olive oil in a spray bottle, like this one.
  • Seasonings – I use a homemade pork rub that consists of salt & pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Feel free to use a store-bought seasoning or rub, if you want.
  • BBQ Sauce – You can use your favorite store-bought brand of sauce or you can use homemade.

Equipment Information

Country ribs with stuffing.

Helpful Tips

  • Your ribs might need to cook less or more depending on their thickness. Check the internal temperature and make sure it’s reached 175-185°F(80-85°C).
  • You can use bone-in or boneless ribs. Bone-in will likely take longer to cook.
  • If you notice the BBQ sauce is burning, turn down the air fryer to 390°F(200° C).
  • Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket. Cook the ribs in batches if needed to ensure proper air circulation for even cooking.
  • For a well-rounded flavor profile, equally coat both sides of the ribs with the seasoning mix. For a more flavorful marinade, you can also let the ribs sit for a few hours.
  • Look for country-style ribs with good meat marbling rather than ones with a large amount of fat in one area. Their marbling will keep them from drying out and make them incredibly juicy.

Oven Directions

Don’t have an air fryer? No problem!

Follow the directions below for preparing and seasoning the ribs. Pre-heat the oven to 275° F(125°C).

Wrap the ribs in foil on a baking sheet, sealing the edges tightly to create a packet. Cook in the oven for 2 hours. You’ll know it’s ready when the meat becomes fork tender.

Peel back the foil and discard any juices. Baste the ribs with BBQ sauce. This part is optional but so good. Broil them on a baking tray for 3-5 minutes. Repeat with an additional layer of bbq sauce, if desired.

Country ribs

Air Fryer Country Style Ribs

These Air Fryer Country Style Ribs are the way to go for delicious, juicy ribs with a juicy, tender texture. You can make these with country-style pork ribs, a handful of seasonings, and BBQ sauce.
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Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 163 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound (454 g) country pork ribs
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.8 g) garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) pepper
  • 3 tablespoons (44 ml) bbq sauce
  • Cooking spray or olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Pat dry the pork ribs. Mix together the seasonings. Sprinkle liberally on the ribs.
  • Place the ribs in the air fryer basket and spray or brush with oil.
  • Cook at 375-380°F (190°C) for 14-16 minutes. The time will vary depending on the size of the ribs, so check them after 12 minutes to gauge progress. Baste with BBQ sauce.
  • Turn the ribs over and baste on the other side. Continue cooking at 400°F (200°C) for 2 minutes. Turn ribs over and cook another 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the ribs to a plate and cover with foil for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Your ribs might need to cook less or more depending on their thickness.
  • Check the internal temperature and make sure it’s reached 175-185°F.
  • You can use bone-in or boneless ribs. Bone-in will likely take longer to cook.
  • If you notice the BBQ sauce is burning, turn down the air fryer to 390°F.
  • Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket. Cook the ribs in batches if needed to ensure proper air circulation for even cooking.
  • For a well-rounded flavor profile, equally coat both sides of the ribs with the seasoning mix. For a more flavorful marinade, you can also let the ribs sit for a few hours.
  • Look for country-style ribs with good meat marbling rather than ones with a large amount of fat in one area. Their marbling will keep them from drying out and make them incredibly juicy.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 14gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 327mgPotassium: 269mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 46IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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How to Store & Reheat

Storing

Allow any leftover ribs to cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes before storing. Store the ribs in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in aluminum foil before placing them in the fridge. Consume the refrigerated ribs within 3-4 days for the best quality, or 2-3 months in the freezer.

How to Reheat

Air Fryer: To maintain the crispy exterior, reheat the ribs in the air fryer at 350°F for about 5-8 minutes. This will restore their texture and flavor.

Oven: Preheat it to 350°F place the ribs on a baking sheet, and cover them with aluminum foil. Heat for 10-15 minutes until they’re warmed through.

Microwave: While it’s the quickest option, the microwave may make the ribs lose their crispiness. To microwave, place the ribs on a microwave-safe plate and heat in 30-second increments until warmed.

What Side Dishes to Serve?

You can serve some really easy side dishes with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. Sometimes, you can cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include:

Here are 30 more air fryer side dishes to try

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