Air Fryer Spareribs

We used an air fryer to turn spareribs into a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time45 mins
  • Serves3
  • DifficultyEasy
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 teaspoons paprika
1 full rack St. Louis-style pork ribs, separated (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)
480ml ketchup
80ml apple cider vinegar
80ml distilled white vinegar
60g packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce

Special equipment: a 3.5-quart air fryer  

  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.  
  2. Preheat a 3.5-quart air fryer to 230 degrees C. Transfer the ribs to the fryer basket and cook until the ribs are tender and golden brown, about 40 minutes.   
  3. Meanwhile, combine the ketchup, cider vinegar, white vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons pepper, 3/4 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.   
  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.