Get ready to elevate your next gathering with our Air Fryer Spicy Barbecue Spareribs. Cooked to perfection in the EaZy MealZ Crisper Basket, these ribs are an irresistible combination of spicy, sweet, and savory. From the paprika and cayenne-infused dry rub to the richly coated barbecue sauce finish, these ribs are guaranteed to be fall-off-the-bone tender and full of flavor. With a recipe as simple and delicious as this, you'll be serving up restaurant-quality ribs right from your kitchen in no time!
1. 1 rack St. Louis-style pork spareribs (2½–3½ lb.)
2. 2 tsp. dark brown sugar
3. 1 tsp. granulated garlic
4. 1/4 cup Diamond Crystal kosher salt (or 2 Tbsp. Morton kosher salt)
5. 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
6. 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
7. 1 tsp. paprika
8. 1/2 cup Spicy Cola Barbecue Sauce or Ginger-Mustard Barbecue Sauce, plus more for serving
1. Combine brown sugar, granulated garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika in a bowl to create a delightful dry rub.
2. Lay out the St. Louis-style spareribs on a large tray and pat dry with paper towels. If present, use a paring knife to remove the silver skin from the underside. This allows for more effective absorption of the dry rub and barbecue sauce. (If you've sourced your ribs from a butcher, the silver skin might already be removed.)
3. Thoroughly massage the dry rub mixture into the ribs. Apply a light layer of your selected barbecue sauce all over the ribs. Wrap the ribs in foil and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, or up to 24 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
4. Preheat your air fryer to 280°F (140°C).
5. Place the foil-wrapped ribs, bone side up, in the EaZy MealZ Crisper Basket. Proceed to air fry for about 30 minutes.
6. After the initial cook time, flip the ribs and continue air frying until the temperature in the thickest part of the ribs reads between 145°F and 160°F on a meat thermometer (this should take an additional 20-30 minutes). If necessary, peel back the foil to check the temperature.
7. Unwrap the ribs and brush a generous amount of barbecue sauce on both sides. Continue to air fry with the bone side up until the sauce has darkened and the meat is succulently tender and falling off the bone, which should take around 10-12 minutes.
8. Carefully transfer the ribs to a cutting board using large tongs. Let them rest for 5-7 minutes before cutting into individual ribs along the bone.
9. Serve the delectably tender ribs with additional barbecue sauce on the side for those who prefer extra dipping. Dig in and enjoy!
- Keep a close eye on the ribs during the final stages of cooking to avoid burning them.
- Feel free to experiment with your favorite types of barbecue sauce to make this recipe your own.