Air Fryer Spareribs

Air fryer pork spare ribs on a tray with barbecue sauce on the side
Prep Time
2 - 3 servings

We used an air fryer to turn spareribs into a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Separating the ribs helps them to fit in the fryer, cook quickly and get an even, golden crust all over. Make sure you dip them in the warm barbeque sauce immediately after they are done cooking — they’ll absorb more flavour while still hot.



Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
tsp paprika
full rack St. Louis-style pork ribs, separated (2 ½ to 3 lbs)
cups ketchup
cup apple cider vinegar
cup distilled white vinegar
cup packed dark brown sugar
Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp hot sauce


Step 1

Whisk together 1 tablespoon salt, 2 tablespoons pepper and 1 teaspoon of the paprika in a large bowl until well combined. Add the ribs and toss to coat, pressing the seasoning into each rib.

Step 2

Preheat a 3.5-quart air fryer to 350ºF. Transfer the ribs to the fryer basket and cook until the ribs are tender and golden brown, about 40 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, combine the ketchup, cider vinegar, white vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons pepper, ¾ cup water and the remaining 2 teaspoons paprika in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is melted and the sauce is warmed through, about 2 minutes. Cover and keep warm over low heat.

Step 4

Once the ribs are cooked, dip each one into the sauce, letting any excess run off. Serve with the remaining sauce on the side.

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