How to Cook Boneless Ribs in Air Fryer?

How to Cook Boneless Ribs in Air Fryer?

Want to throw a party for friends and sick of the regular pizzas and burgers. Running short on a variety for the party menu? You just came from a job and want to have a quick diner? Its movie night at home or basketball tournament, you have got a friend invited and now looking for a gathering meal? We are here to rescue you with boneless ribs that are in the air fryer. Isn’t it an epic combination of taste and health side by side, easy to cook and crispy to bite; so let’s teach you to air fry the boneless ribs without wasting another second.

How can Ribs be Boneless?

Many of you might be wondering what boneless ribs are? Are we going to eat boneless ribs? Wait! How come a rib can be boneless at the same time being rib? You all have questions like these in mind, and we have all the answers for you.

Boneless ribs are not rib parts of the animal. Instead, it is the lion region of the animal.  They are meaty, full of flesh, and perfect for those having a tough time eating meat with the bones.

Since they are available in strips or fingers, they are too handy, tender, and juicy to cook and eat while watching movies or the FIFA world cup with friends and family.

Types of Boneless Ribs

You can never enjoy the ribs to the fullest unless you know what the right type is for you. So whether you want to barbeque them or air fried, choose the right style that comes under your budget and go perfect with the recipe. So again, we are here to rescue you at every point. We will guide you on which type of rib is better for you and the wrong choice. So basically, there are three types of ribs available.

  • St Louis-style ribs come from the belly area, but that doesn’t mean that all belly meat is gone in the air. Cut from the back and then trimmed down to remove the excess fat and connective tissues. Almost fully exposed on both sides. These usually come in a uniform shape with three bones attached and mostly have many marbling and fat deposits. They’ve got plenty of fat and not much meat around them, so these ribs probably won’t do it for you if you’re a leaner side ribs lover. However, the thin membrane can be easily removed and cut in any direction making St Louis-style ribs versatile for smoking and cooking. Shave down the membrane surrounding the bone with a knife, but you will need to remove the thin layer before actually barbecuing them.

●     Spareribs: Spareribs are a definitive barbecue ingredient, but they’re also a perfect choice for making casseroles or poaching. This style of ribs comes from the region between the shoulder and the back leg. Spareribs are available in the market with a thin layer of skin and fat on one side. Get rid of this fat before cooking to allow moisture to seep down from the salt-packed ribs.

●     Baby Back Ribs: The baby’s back ribs are the last but arguably the most loved and favorite kind of ribs. Their cutting process involves cutting from the backside of the animal. They have relatively less meat than spare ribs and are fattier, leaving more meat on the bone. Like St Louis style, you need to cook these for a more extended period to separate them from the bone. Baby back ribs can be amazingly juicy, tender, and flavorful.

It’s time to share a very easy-to-cook a delicious recipe of air-fried boneless ribs BBQ sauce. Find the required ingredients in your kitchen cabinets.


  • Brown sugar
  • Half or full rack of ribs
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Chilli powder
  • BBQ sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Liquid smoke


Mix all the seasoning in a bowl, spread the seasoning generously all over the ribs. Do not forget to season both sides. Mix olive oil and liquid smoke separately. Give marinated ribs a 30 minutes rest to fully absorb the ingredients, and inside won’t taste plain on the bite.

Pro tip

Choose the rib size according to your air fryer’s size. Do not stack them to make them fit in the air fryer because you’re going to regret your decision when they came out undone from the air fryer.

Air Frying the Boneless Ribs

Now comes the time to air fry the delicious ribs because it’s tough to resist anymore. So let’s get them air fried.

  • Preheat the air fryer for 360 Fahrenheit for 5 minutes.
  • Grease the dish with olive oil and liquid smoke mixture to ensure non-sinking of the ribs with the air fryer tray upon heating.
  • Once the preheat period is over, place the ribs inside the air fryer. Again, avoid stacking. Place them distant so that air can run around them evenly.
  • If you have many ribs to be air-fried, you should go for batches to get each set perfectly cooked and tender.
  • Cook them for 15 minutes at 360F. Flip the sides in between
  • Now turn up the heat to 370 F and remove the ribs from the air fryer
  • Please give them a BBQ sauce wash on each side.
  • Now, put the ribs back into the air fryer for another 10 minutes. /this will help caramelize the BBQ sauce. Take them out when done.

Quick Tips

I hope this article will help you in making perfectly tender and juicy ribs next time.

Bottom line

So, you have got another exciting and easiest way to make boneless ribs next time you plan a sleepover with your cousins or friends. Boneless ribs are going to save you a lot of time and hassle. So, wrapping up the article; hoping that it will help you make perfectly tender and juicy boneless ribs next time.

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