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Ninja Foodi BBQ ribs

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These Ninja Foodi BBQ ribs are an adaptation of my slow cooker BBQ ribs, with the option to do all of the cooking in the one cooking pot, with no need to transfer to grill.

I am a HUGE fan of kitchen gadgets, and lately I’ve been loving the Ninja Foodi OL750UK. There are a ton of great settings, making it really simple, and faster than oven cooking, to make delicious dinners for my family.

Having the Ninja Foodi means I’ve been able to remove some of the other individual purpose kitchen gadgets from my home, and save on counter space. I like to leave the Ninja Foodi out on my worktop permanently now, as I would say I use it at least once every single day, sometimes multiple times.

These BBQ ribs are tender, tasty, packed full of flavour and similar to the ones that you might get from your local Chinese takeaway. The recipe is really straight forward and quite cheap too!

Slow cooked ribs in a BBQ sauce cooked under the grill using the Ninja Foodi

Ingredients for Ninja Foodi BBQ ribs:

500g pork ribs

200ml BBQ sauce

1 tsp of brown sugar

1/2 tsp of garlic puree

Splash of Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper

Air fryer frozen onion rings in a metal bowl

Method for making BBQ ribs in the Ninja Foodi:

If using a full rack of ribs ensure that you’ve removed the membrane before you make this recipe. (The membrane is the white skin that runs along the back of the rack of ribs).

To remove this I personally use a fork, as I find it easy to get a grip on it and then remove it from the ribs in one swift movement.

Combine together the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, garlic puree, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Reserve 1/3 of this mixture in a separate bowl for later.

Coat the ribs with the remaining 2/3 of the mixture. Reserve the 1/3 before using the liquid as otherwise it’ll be contaminated with raw meat juices.

Place into the Ninja Foodi pot.

Cook on high slow cooker for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. The longer the better for this recipe as the increased cooking time will just help the ribs to be extra tender.

Once the slow cooking has completed you’ll want to carefully coat each of the ribs with the remaining 1/3 of the cooking liquid.

Transfer to the higher grill position tray that comes with the Ninja Foodi.

Turn your Ninja Foodi to the grill setting.

Grill 1-2 minutes, watching carefully, to give a slight caramelised finish. Alternatively if you want to skip this step then you can use the 1/3 of reserved BBQ mixture as a dip for your cooked ribs.

Four coated chicken wings cooked in the Ninja Foodi on air crisp / fry mode

What to serve with these Ninja Foodi BBQ ribs? 

I love to serve Ninja Foodi white rice, air fryer chips, soft white rolls and if I’m feeding a crowd then I’ll add some other dishes. Bacon, mac and cheese pasta bake works very well, as does air fryer prawn toast if I’m making a takeaway style dish.

I’ve also served this with no yeast 3 ingredient flatbreads, cornbread, coleslaw, corn on the cob, air fryer frozen sweet potato fries and even Ninja Foodi baked potatoes

Can you make this recipe with beef ribs instead? 

Absolutely you can! These work great too and there is no need to change the cooking time, ingredients or method.

White rice cooked in the Ninja foodi in a metal serving dish dressed with parsley on top

Want to use a dry rub for your ribs instead? 

I’ve got a few that I love:

Can you use boneless ribs for this recipe?

Yes, but I would recommend reducing the slow cooking time, possibly by half, and seeing how they are temperature wise. The lack of bone means they’re going to cook much faster, particularly if they’re shorter ribs.

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If you’re looking for some other inspiration for your Ninja Foodi be sure to check out my air fryer recipes, air fryer side dishes, air fryer desserts and my air fryer tips too.

How to cook BBQ ribs in the Ninja Foodi:

Ninja Foodi BBQ ribs

Delicious tender tasty BBQ ribs cooked in the Ninja Foodi.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Barbecue
Keyword BBQ, Ninja Foodi, ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 3 servings
Calories 550 kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • 500 g pork ribs
  • 200 ml BBQ sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic puree
  • Splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. If using a full rack of ribs ensure that you’ve removed the membrane before you make this recipe. (The membrane is the white skin that runs along the back of the rack of ribs).
  2. To remove this I personally use a fork, as I find it easy to get a grip on it and then remove it from the ribs in one swift movement.
  3. Combine together the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, garlic puree, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Reserve 1/3 of this mixture in a separate bowl for later.
  5. Coat the ribs with the remaining 2/3 of the mixture. Reserve the 1/3 before using the liquid as otherwise it’ll be contaminated with raw meat juices.
  6. Place into the Ninja Foodi pot.
  7. Cook on high slow cooker for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. The longer the better for this recipe as the increased cooking time will just help the ribs to be extra tender.
  8. Once the slow cooking has completed you’ll want to carefully coat each of the ribs with the remaining 1/3 of the cooking liquid.
  9. Transfer to the higher grill position tray that comes with the Ninja Foodi.
  10. Turn your Ninja Foodi to the grill setting.
  11. Grill 1-2 minutes, watching carefully, to give a slight caramelised finish. Alternatively if you want to skip this step then you can use the 1/3 of reserved BBQ mixture as a dip for your cooked ribs.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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Slow cooked ribs in a BBQ sauce cooked under the grill using the Ninja Foodi
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