Air Fryer Recipes

Air-Fried Sugar-Free Ribs with Keto-Friendly Dry Rub and BBQ Sauce


For the Ribs:

2 racks spare ribs (St. Louis Cut)
4 tablespoons yellow mustard
2/3 cup sugar-free dry rub
4 tablespoons butter (2 per rack)
For the Spritz:

2 cups apple cider vinegar (placed into a food-safe spray bottle)
For the Sugar-Free Pork Dry Rub:

2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons coarse ground pepper
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely diced
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
For the Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce:

1 small white onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon butter (or extra virgin olive oil)
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce (with no sugar added)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 tablespoon sweet paprika
1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Optional add-ins for BBQ Sauce:

1/2 cup fruit (cherries, mango, pineapple)
A few dashes of hot sauce
Sugar-free sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, molasses)

Prepare the Ribs:

Trim ribs of excess flap meat and remove the silver skin membrane on the bone side.
Apply mustard to the ribs, then liberally coat them with the sugar-free dry rub. Season overnight.
Preheat the Air Fryer:

Preheat your air fryer to 250 degrees.
Air-Fry the Ribs:

Place the ribs in the air fryer for about 90 minutes.
After 90 minutes, start spritzing with apple cider vinegar every 20 minutes to keep them moist.
After 3 hours, when the bones protrude about 1/4 inch, it’s time to wrap.
Wrap the Ribs:

Place each rib on foil, add 2 tablespoons of butter, a little sauce, and/or apple cider vinegar. Wrap tightly and repeat for each rib.
Place back in the air fryer and cook for about two hours, checking for desired tenderness.
Unwrap and Sauce:

Unwrap the ribs and add more sauce. Cook for an additional 30 to 60 minutes until the sauce firms up.

Remove the ribs when the sauce has firmed up. Slice and serve!
For the Sugar-Free Dry Rub:

Combine all dry rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
For the Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce:

In a large pot over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil and cook onions until caramelized (at least 20 minutes).
Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add apple cider vinegar, tomato sauce, tomato paste, dry seasonings, Worcestershire, and optional add-ins. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Blend the sauce until smooth using a hand immersion blender or countertop blender.
Adjust seasonings and consistency to your preference. Add sweeteners if desired.

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