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Air Fryer Beef Ribs – Quick and Delicious

air fried beef ribs with dry rub

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Looking for an effortless meal your entire family will love? Look no further! Try cooking air fryer beef ribs. This quick and delicious meal can be prepared in half the time it takes to cook ribs on the grill or in the oven. Whether barbecue makes your mouth water or you prefer a simply seasoned variety, these beef ribs in the air fryer will be a real crowd-pleaser you’ll want to add to your list of quick weeknight meals. When choosing your ribs, remember that there are different kinds of beef ribs. This recipe calls for either short or back ribs. You may use the flank ribs, but just know that flank ribs may require hotter temps with a shorter cooking duration.

  • Short ribs have the meat on the top of the bone
  • Back ribs have the meat between the bone
  • Flank ribs are typically used for faster cooking in Asian dishes when the ribs are cooked hot and fast.

Air fryer ribs are definitely one of our favorites. Whether you use a nice rub or a favorite barbecue sauce, you cannot go wrong with this air fried beef rib recipe. Pair with potato salad or a classic mac and cheese. Open up a nice bottle of Cabernet if you use our simple rub or a Shiraz or Malbec for a spicier rub.

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air fried beef ribs with dry rub
Beef Ribs in Air Fryer
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
32 mins

Tasty beef ribs in the Air Fryer can't be get to eating.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Beef Ribs, Beef Ribs in Air Fryer
Calories: 3200 kcal
Beef Ribs (3 oz for 400 Calories)
  • 1.5 lbs Beef Ribs half rack
Simple Rub
  • 1-2 tbsp Light Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Sea Salt to taste
Kansas City Rib Rub
  • 1-2 tbsp Light Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
Texas Rib Rub
  • 1-2 tbsp Light Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin optional
  1. Prepare your rib rub of choice

  2. Rub ribs with olive oil rub mixture

  3. Cook in the air fryer at 400° F | 205° C for 10 minutes

  4. Reduce heat and cook ribs at 325° F | 162° C for up to 20 minutes. Use a meat thermometer, keeping your beef ribs between 190°F | 88°C and 203°F | 95°C.

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Recipe Notes

*You can also baste with your favorite barbecue sauce for the last 10 minutes if you prefer.

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    i followed your instructions as far as cooking time and temperature and when to put the BBQ sauce and just about the best beef ribs i ever had . thank you.

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    I recently received a kalorik maxx air fryer oven for Christmas and I was wondering does your recipe apply just to the air fryer you use or is interchangeable with all air fryers. Thanks

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      Hi, Mel – That’s a great question! Your brand of air fryer isn’t important but your air fryer’s size/capacity and the amount of food you’re cooking are very important. We use different air fryers, but almost always ones that are at least 4.5 QT or larger. If you have a similar sized air fryer and are cooking a similar amount of food, you can likely follow the recipe as is. But if you have a larger or smaller air fryer or if you’re cooking more or less food, you may need to tweak the cooking time to work with your appliance.

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