Spare Ribs In The Ninja Dual Air Fryer

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Perfectly Cooked Air Fryer Spare Ribs Every Time

In the mood for perfectly cooked, finger-licking BBQ pork spare ribs?

Look no further than your trusty air fryer!

Air Fryer BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

In this step-by-step guide, I’ll show you how to achieve tender, fall-off-the-bone BBQ pork spare ribs every time, packed with smoky flavour.

Using my tips and techniques, you will learn how to air fry your ribs to perfection.

From marinating to seasoning, I’ll guide you through each step, guaranteeing a mouthwatering result.

With the convenience of the air fryer, you’ll be able to enjoy smoky, BBQ goodness all year round, without the need for a grill.

Plus, it’s a healthier alternative to traditional frying methods, as it requires little to no oil.

This recipe is cooked in the Ninja Dual AF400UK but will work in any air fryer. Be mindful that timings and temperatures may differ depending on the make and model.

Benefits Of Cooking Pork Spare Ribs In An Air Fryer

When it comes to cooking BBQ pork spare ribs, the air fryer is a game-changer.

Not only does it offer convenience, but it also delivers deliciously tender and tasty ribs.

Here are a few key benefits of using an air fryer for your spare ribs:

Efficiency: With an air fryer, you can achieve perfectly cooked ribs in less time compared to traditional cooking methods. The hot air circulation ensures even cooking throughout, eliminating the need for constant turning.

Healthier Option: By using an air fryer, you can significantly reduce the amount of oil needed for cooking. This means you can enjoy mouthwatering BBQ pork spare ribs with less guilt. The excess fat is drained away, resulting in a healthier and lighter dish.

Year-Round BBQ: No need to wait for perfect weather or fire up the grill. With an air fryer, you can enjoy the smoky goodness of BBQ pork spare ribs all year round, regardless of the season or weather conditions.

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Choosing The Right Pork Spare Ribs For Air Frying

Raw Pork Spare Ribs

To achieve perfectly cooked air fryer BBQ pork spare ribs, it’s important to start with the right cut of meat.

Always opt for fresh, high-quality ribs from a trusted butcher or supermarket.

Look for ribs with a good amount of meat and minimal fat.

The fresher the ribs, the better the result will be.

For this recipe, I will be using 1.5kg of ribs that will serve approximately 4 people.

Preparing The BBQ Pork Spare Ribs For Cooking

Before diving into the cooking process, it’s essential to prepare the pork spare ribs properly. Follow these steps to ensure your ribs are ready for air frying:

Trimming: Start by trimming any excess fat from the ribs. This not only enhances the visual appeal of the ribs but also helps the marinade and seasonings penetrate the meat better.

Removing Membrane: To improve the tenderness of the ribs, it’s important to remove the tough membrane from the bone side. Use a knife or your fingers to loosen and lift the membrane, then gently peel it off.

Make Holes: Create small holes in the meat using a fork. This helps the marinade penetrate the ribs, resulting in a more flavourful end product.

Cut To Size: Depending on the length of your ribs you may have to cut them to fit your basket. Cook in batches if necessary.

Seasoning And Marinating The BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

Now that the ribs are prepped, it’s time to infuse them with flavour.

The rub forms a delicious crust, while the marinade works its magic from within, ensuring each bite is a flavour explosion.

Massaging Dry Rub In To Ribs

Dry Rub


  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust for heat preference)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Mix the ingredients in a bowl.

Start by applying a generous amount of dry rub to both sides of the ribs.

Massage the rub into the meat, ensuring it’s evenly coated. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the ribs to absorb the rub.

BBQ Marinade

Short of time? Use a premade BBQ marinade or try my recipe below:


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place the seasoned ribs in a large resealable bag or a glass dish.

Pour your favourite ready-made BBQ sauce or homemade marinade over the ribs, making sure they are fully covered.

Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for maximum flavour.

Bring To Room Temperature

Before cooking, remove the marinated ribs from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

This allows the meat to relax and ensures even cooking.

How To Air Fry BBQ Pork Ribs

Now comes the exciting part – cooking the marinated ribs in the air fryer!

Follow these steps for perfectly cooked BBQ pork spare ribs:

Preheat your air fryer to 190C /380F for 5 minutes. This ensures that the hot air circulates evenly, resulting in even cooking.

Remove the ribs from the marinade and shake off any excess liquid.

Set aside any remaining marinade for later.

Place the ribs in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not overlapping.

If needed, cook the ribs in batches to avoid overcrowding.

How Long For Pork Ribs In The Air Fryer?

Air fry the ribs at 190C /380F for approximately 25-30 minutes.

After 15 minutes turn and baste the ribs with the remaining marinade.

The exact cooking time may vary depending on the size and thickness of the ribs.

To ensure they are fully cooked, use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 63C/145F.

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Tips For Achieving Perfectly Cooked Spare Ribs

1. Basting: For extra flavour and moisture, baste the ribs with your favourite BBQ sauce or remaining marinade during the cooking process. Brush the sauce/marinade on the ribs during the last 15 minutes of cooking.

2. Resting Time: After removing the ribs from the air fryer, let them rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in more tender and succulent meat.

3. Crispy Finish: If you prefer a crispy exterior, increase the temperature of the air fryer to 200C/ 400F for the last few minutes of cooking. This will help achieve a delicious caramelised crust.

Serving Air Fryer BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

Finally, it’s time to enjoy the ribs!

Here are some serving suggestions for your air-fried BBQ pork spare ribs:

Garnish: Sprinkle some fresh chopped parsley or coriander over the ribs for a pop of colour and added freshness.

Sides: Serve your ribs with classic BBQ sides like coleslaw, sweet potato wedges, baked beans, or potato salad. These traditional accompaniments perfectly complement the smoky flavours of the ribs.

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Air Fryer BBQ Pork Ribs Q and A

Can I adjust the level of spiciness in the rub and marinade?

Feel free to tweak the spice levels to suit your taste buds. If you’re feeling bold, add more cayenne pepper; if you’re in a milder mood, go easy. It’s all about making it your own.

How long should I marinate the ribs for optimal flavour?

The longer, the better! Aim for at least 2 hours in the marinade, but if time is on your side, let those ribs marinate overnight in the fridge.

Can I use the rub and marinade for other meats?

The rub and marinade duo isn’t exclusive to ribs. Try them on chicken, pork chops, or even tofu for a flavour-packed experience.

What sides do you recommend pairing with these Air Fryer BBQ Pork Ribs?

Coleslaw, baked beans, sweet potato fries, or a simple green salad – they all make fantastic companions to your ribs.

Can I reheat the leftovers in the air fryer?

The air fryer works wonders for reheating. Just give your leftover ribs a quick blast in the air fryer, and you’ll be back to enjoying that crispy exterior in no time.

How can I prevent the ribs from drying out in the air fryer?

Basting is your secret weapon. During the air frying process, give those ribs a quick baste with the marinade to keep them moist and bursting with flavour.


Hi, I’m Annemarie

Having recently retired, I found myself yearning for a new project to channel my energy.

That’s when the idea struck to create a dedicated UK air frying website.

Combining my passion for cooking and the desire to promote healthy eating in busy households, I began developing a collection of recipes tailored for those seeking quick and nutritious meals.

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