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Air Fryer Country Style Ribs

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Craving tender ribs without the hassle of the grill or oven? These quick and easy Air Fryer Country Style Ribs are boneless ribs that cook up with a lightly crispy outside and juicy, tender insides. They’re perfect for busy weeknights, backyard gatherings, or anytime you need a flavorful and easy recipe.

plate of air fryer country style ribs with bbq sauce on top.

 

Air fryer boneless country ribs are a game changer for BBQ night! It’s the easy way to cook your ribs, you’ll have no messy bones, you can use a fork and knife to cut the tender meat.

Air frying really provides the best results. These country-style pork ribs are ready in a shorter time and cook evenly, ensuring your ribs don’t dry out. Plus, air frying requires very little clean up afterwards. That’s a win-win in my book!

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Country Style Ribs

Quick and Easy: No preheating your oven or firing up the grill! This recipe comes together in under 30 minutes, belie me – it’s your new favorite way to enjoy ribs.

Flavorful and Versatile: The simple dry rub and your favorite BBQ sauce create a winning combination, but feel free to experiment with different spices and sauces for endless flavor possibilities.

Perfectly Cooked: The air fryer is the best way to ensure even cooking, resulting in juicy ribs that don’t dry out.

What are Country Style Ribs?

Contrary to the name, country-style boneless ribs aren’t actually ribs in the traditional sense. They don’t come from the rib section, but instead, they’re cut from the shoulder of the pig and are boneless.

Despite not being true ribs, they get their name and popularity because:

  • They share similar flavor and texture to traditional ribs.
  • Are often cooked and seasoned similarly to ribs with dry rubs and BBQ sauce.
  • This cut of meat is budget-friendly, typically more affordable than traditional ribs.

Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Air Fryer: Your trusty kitchen companion takes center stage!
  • Small Bowl: Combine your seasonings for the dry rub.
  • Basting Brush: To slather on the BBQ sauce.
  • Meat Thermometer: Ensure perfect internal temperature.
  • Tongs: To flip and remove the ribs with ease.

Ingredients

COUNTRY RIBS: Approximately 3 inch thick boneless ribs. Although, this recipe works for bone-in ribs as well.

PAPRIKA: Adds a smoky sweetness.

GARLIC POWDER: For bold, savory flavor.

BLACK PEPPER: Provides a nice kick.

SALT: Balances the other flavors.

BBQ SAUCE: Choose your favorite flavor – sweet, smoky, spicy, the options are endless!

air fryer country style ribs ingredients displayed on counter top.

How to Make Air Fryer Country Style Ribs

Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a small bowl, combine the paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt.

Pat the ribs dry with paper towels and rub them generously with the dry rub mixture.

air fryer country-style ribs with dry rub on top.
Smother the ribs in your favorite BBQ sauce, making sure to coat them all the way around.

Arrange the ribs in a single layer in your air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t overlap. If you have a smaller air fryer, cook in batches to avoid overcrowding.

ribs covered in BBQ sauce inside the air fryer basket.
Air fry for 20 minutes, flipping the ribs halfway through and adding more BBQ sauce on top. 

Tip: For bone-in ribs, increase the cooking time to 25-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum 145 degrees Fahrenheit. I cook mine to about 180 degrees F.

Once cooked, remove the ribs from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to continue to sink in, resulting in even more tender ribs.

Garnish with fresh parsley (optional) and serve with additional BBQ sauce for dipping.

holding a single air fryer country rib with a tong.

Tips

  • Use room temperature ribs to ensure even cooking throughout.
  • If you have the time, marinate the ribs with the rub and BBQ sauce for 2 hours to overnight in the refrigerator, allowing the spices to soak into the meat for a more flavorful result.
  • Don’t crowd the air fryer basket. Spacing out these country style pork ribs allows for the hot air to move all for even cooking.
  • The recommended cooking time is a good starting point. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches a minimal of 145 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal food safety and doneness.
  • For easier cleanup, you can put aluminum foil in the very bottom of the air fryer basket to catch any drippings.

Variations

  • Get creative with the dry rub by adding different spices. You can add a teaspoon of onion powder, brown sugar, chili powder or cayenne pepper for additional flavor variations.
  • Brush the ribs with additional BBQ sauce during the last few minutes of cooking for a sticky, glazed finish.
  • Use hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic for a delicious Asian-inspired flavor twist.
  • Use this same recipe for different types of ribs like spare ribs or baby back ribs. Just adjust the cook time until the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees F.

Can I use Bone-In Ribs?

Absolutely! When making bone-in BBQ ribs, adjust the cooking time until the internal temperature reaches 145-180 degrees Fahrenheit. Your cook time will depend on the thickness of your ribs.

Storing Leftovers

  • Store leftover air fryer ribs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F and cook the ribs for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through

More Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love

Air Fryer Ham Steaks

Air Fryer Chicken Quarters

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings

Ditch the long cooking times and messy cleanup, and let your air fryer work its magic! These Air Fryer Country-Style Ribs are a game-changer, offering restaurant-worthy deliciousness in a fraction of the time and effort. With their seared perfection, juicy tenderness, and endless flavor possibilities, they’re guaranteed to become your new go-to recipe for satisfying, crowd-pleasing ribs.

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