You may use your air fryer basket for a lot of creative things, but did you know that you could prepare pork ribs in it? Throw in a little BBQ sauce and you have a meal to remember. I know that the oven or grill is typically the thing that comes to mind where ribs are concerned, but it turns out you don’t need to subject yourself to their long cooking times.I air fry my pork ribs by default these days, and I’ll likely never look back. With that said, I’d like to share this recipe with you and change your life. By the time we’re done, you’re gonna be impressing yourself, your loved ones, and just about anyone you serve the country-style ribs to!
How Do Country Style Pork Ribs Differ from Other Varieties?
If you thought the air frying came out of nowhere, then I have some news for you. When you hear terms such as “spare ribs” or “baby back ribs,” the idea of ribs will come to mind, right? Yeah, I know. What kind of weird question was that?
Of course, you’re gonna think about ribs when you hear ribs! What else is gonna be on your mind, the pork shoulder? Well… yes, actually.
Though we call them country-style ribs, they’re not standard pork ribs at all. The cut is from the loin’s shoulder end. Ever heard of a shoulder blade steak? That’s where this is from.
Is Using an Air Fryer Basket the Only Way to Cook Country Style Ribs?
Considering this may be one of the only air fryer pork recipes you know, I think you’ve probably already surmised that this is not the only way to cook the pork ribs to enjoy with barbecue sauce.
So, if you prefer to use the oven or grill, knock yourself out. However, I find that cooking at just the right pace is the easiest to do with the air fryer.
Why You’re Going to Love the Boneless Country Style Ribs
Air fryer country-style ribs are incredible, to say the least! First, once you follow my recipe, you’ll have a delectable combination of tender pork ribs that are bursting with flavor thanks to the seasoning and barbecue sauce.
Another thing is the genuine ease of the recipe. One of the things I know many people aren’t fans of is overly complicated preparation methods. There’s no need to worry about this here! The best part is that your air fryer country-style ribs recipe will be done cooking in about 20 minutes.
Finally, who doesn’t like saving some money? You’ll find that country-style ribs are incredibly economical to buy!
Here Are Some Great Tips to Ensure Your Air Fryer Country Style Ribs Are Amazing
Of course, I have included the directions below to tell you when to throw in your garlic powder, how the BBQ sauce fits in, and that kind of thing. Outside of the directions, though, it helps to have some useful tips to make your air fryer meal the best it can be:
- Before you season your country-style pork ribs, pat them dry with a paper towel. You want your meat to sear in the high heat of the air fryer basket. If there’s too much moisture, it will likely steam instead, which is very undesirable.
- Try to avoid crowding the air fryer basket as much as you can. I like to get through things as quickly as I can too, but make peace with the fact that you’ll likely need to prepare this in batches. Just use aluminum foil to keep each prepared batch warm.
- While you can cook frozen air fryer country-style ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce, I suggest not doing that. Even if you have your seasoned ribs in the refrigerator, take them out and let them come up to room temperature for about 30 minutes before you start cooking.
- Wait until the air fryer country-style ribs are almost done before throwing in your barbecue sauce. If not, you may end up burning it.
- While I expect the general times in the air fryer basket to fall within a certain range, remember that there are different models with different capabilities. Therefore, I would suggest using a meat thermometer and checking the internal temperature of the ribs to determine that they’re cooked.
- If you want, you can cut the ribs into smaller pieces and make them an appetizer. Of course, this means that they will cook in a shorter time.
Cooking Frozen Country Style Ribs
If you want to use frozen country-style ribs for this air fryer delight, you can do so. Once you’ve seasoned the ribs, freeze them in a plastic zipper bag.
When you’re ready to cook them, preheat the air fryer and place them in as before. The only difference is that when you apply the BBQ sauce, you’re only going to be cooking them for an additional 10 minutes instead of just two.
What Can You Serve Air Fryer Country Style Ribs with?
As a bit of a healthy eater (hence the choice to use an air fryer), I’m always looking for the cleanest way to enjoy my meals. I’ve found that salads and country-style ribs go together quite well. It doesn’t even matter what kind of salad. Try Greek pasta salad, classic potato salad, or whatever else you may desire.
Cornbread and baked beans are also good with air fryer country-style ribs too!
As you can tell, I’m very proud of this air fryer delight, especially knowing I could share it and light up someone else’s kitchen. Who can resist tender, juicy ribs, topped off with a great BBQ sauce flavor?
I hope you found this informative and worth your while as I intended. Take care for now and happy cooking!
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the Best Way to Handle Leftover Country Style Ribs?
If you have any leftover air fryer ribs, put them into an airtight container and store them in the fridge. They should keep for about three days this way.
When you’re ready to reheat them, let them come up to room temperature by being out of the fridge for about 15 minutes first. After that, you can put them in the air fryer for about 15 minutes, and that should do it. Feel free to add additional barbecue sauce if necessary.
How Do You Know That Air Fryer Country Style Ribs Are Fully Cooked?
This is one meal I generally advise people not to use a timeline for. Instead, invest in a meat thermometer, and check for an inside temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. The cut is typically a standard width, but just in case it isn’t, the general rule of thumb is to check for this at the thickest part of the meat.
What Happens if You Overcook the Air Fryer Country Style Ribs?
Yes, you can end up overcooking the ribs in the air fryer basket. If you do so, then they will end up dried out and tough, which is the opposite of the juicy and tender outcome that you’re trying to achieve with this recipe.
Do I Need to Worry about Tenderness When I Cook the Air Fryer Ribs?
Not at all. Since you’re using an air fryer, you may wonder if you’ll end up with something on the less tender side of the spectrum. Stick with the instructions provided, and what you’ll end up with is both tender and delectable!
How Does Reheating the Country Style Air Fryer Ribs Work?
Simply put the ribs to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes and throw them in the air fryer basket for about two to three minutes or until they’ve been heated through.
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Air Fryer Country Style Ribs
I air fry my pork ribs by default these days, and I'll likely never look back! With that said, I'd like to share this recipe with you and change your life.
- 2 lb. country-style pork ribs
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 c. BBQ sauce
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
- Grab a small bowl and combine the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the pork ribs. As you do this, ensure that you're rubbing it in well over all the sides. You want an even distribution of the seasoning so your meal has a consistent flavor throughout.
- Grab your non-stick cooking spray and spray the air fryer. Preheat it to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put your country-style ribs in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
- Cook the ribs for 20 minutes, ensuring that you turn them halfway through the process.
- Brush on your barbecue sauce, and cook for two minutes more. Get your meat thermometer and check for an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 743Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 218mgSodium: 1454mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 61g