No grill? No problem! This is an easy recipe that makes air fryer country-style ribs in around 30 minutes. Deliciously savory, tender barbecue ribs that are ready to enjoy in minutes! The air fryer seals in juices while caramelizing the outside, giving my barbecue ribs Blue Ribbon results every time! I love Texas-style barbecue but I don’t love the clean-up, especially when company’s coming. Choose your seasoning, choose your sauce and let your air fryer work its magic!
What are country style ribs?
Country style pork ribs aren’t really ribs, instead they come from the shoulder area. The meat, though, has the texture and flavor just like traditional ribs. They are sometimes called pork loin country style ribs, pork shoulder country style ribs, or boneless country pork ribs. Country style pork ribs typically have more meat than traditional pork ribs and the meat has more fat which makes it moist and flavorful. Country style ribs are a great alternative to traditional ribs.
How do you cook country style ribs in the air fryer?
Just rinse, dry, and trim off the excess fat. Season the meat with your favorite pork seasoning. Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with oil, and arrange the ribs with space in between. Place the ribs in a preheated air fryer and cook for 10 minutes at 370 degrees, turn and cook another 10 minutes. After brushing the ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce, cook another 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Enjoy these tender, flavorful country style ribs!
What temperature do you cook country style ribs in the air fryer?
Start at 370 degrees Fahrenheit. After about 20 minutes, when you brush with your favorite bbq sauce, raise the temperature to 400 degrees. The internal temperature of the meat should be 145 degrees.
How do you know when country style ribs are done?
The country style ribs are done when you are able to pull the meat apart with a fork with light pressure when following the recommended cooking time from your recipe. If the meat just falls apart on your fork, the ribs may have been overcooked. The country style pork ribs will have a scrumptious looking baked-on coat of your favorite barbecue sauce.
What internal temperature should country style ribs be cooked to?
Ribs, or any pork for that matter, should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to cook ribs so the meat falls off the bone?
Ribs are safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, but the fat breaks down when the internal temperature gets to 200 degrees. When the fat breaks down, the meat will “fall off the bone.”
Is it safe to eat rare country style ribs?
Rare country style pork ribs are undercooked. Undercooked pork is not safe to eat because the meat may contain bacteria or parasites that can make you sick. Cooking to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit will kill all germs that may make you sick. Currently, farming practices have improved since the 1950s so fewer cases of food borne illnesses are seen. The risk is currently low, but still possible to get sick from rare or undercooked pork ribs.
How do you reheat country style ribs in the air fryer?
Air fryers are a great way to reheat any kind of crispy food like leftover country style ribs. A recommended temperature is 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit. Just place in the air fryer and reheat for 3-4 minutes. The ribs will be flavorful and tender.
Can you freeze country style ribs?
Yes, you can freeze your country style pork ribs whether they are raw from the grocery store or cooked in the air fryer. Double wrap them in freezer paper or aluminum foil then place in an airtight container before freezing. If raw, country style ribs will last 4-6 months in the freezer. If cooked, allow the ribs to cool completely, pork ribs can last up to 3 months in the freezer. Just thaw the ribs completely to make sure the texture is good.
How long can you safely store country style ribs after cooking?
In the refrigerator, leftover country style ribs will last about 3-4 days. If you prefer to freeze them, double wrap them in freezer paper or aluminum foil and store in an airtight container. They can last up to 3 months in the freezer after cooking. Remember to thaw completely before warming the ribs back up to maintain their good texture.
What sides go well with country style ribs?
Think backyard barbeque! Try baked beans, pasta salad, roasted potatoes or potato salad, lima bean or black-eyed peas, mac ’n cheese, corn casserole, homemade hush puppies, corn on the cob, and fruit salad, just to name a few.
Do ribs get tender in an air fryer?
Yes, ribs will be very tender, nice and juicy, and flavorful when cooked at the recommended time and temperature in the air fryer. If they are not tender and crispy on the outside, you may not have cooked them long enough or the temperature was set too low.
Is pork healthier than beef?
Pork is richer in Vitamin D, B1, Polyunsaturated fat, Selenium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous and Choline, than beef. It is lower in Cholesterol, Sodium, and Saturated Fat. Beef, on the other hand, is richer in Iron and Zinc.
Air Fryer Country Style Ribs
- 2 pounds country-style pork ribs
- 2 tbsp pork seasoning
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F
- Rinse, pat dry, and trim off any excess fat from the two pounds of country-style pork ribs.
- Season the pork ribs with seasoning
- Spray or coat the bottom of the air fryer basket with oil, then place the seasoned ribs into the air fryer.
- Arrange the ribs in a single layer with space between the ribs for even cooking.
- Cook the ribs for 10 minutes, then turn them and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes.
- Brush the air fryer ribs liberally with your favorite barbecue sauce & return them to the air fryer.
- Increase the temperature to 400°F and cook the ribs for another 10 minutes or until caramelized to your desired level (an internal temp of 145°F is required)
- Remove from your air fryer, repeat as necessary, and serve with additional sauce on the side if desired.