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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 Ninja Foodi 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! These smoked beef ribs are absolutely delicious too if you’re looking for something a little different.

Be sure to check out my Ninja Foodi recipes for the air fryer and Ninja Foodi accessories while you’re here! Also if you’re serving up this Ninja Foodi ribs recipe as a tasty family dinner then this Ninja Foodi apple crumble is perfect for dessert.

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

Ingredients for Ninja Foodi BBQ ribs:

500g pork ribs (spare ribs, baby back ribs etc all fine)

200ml BBQ sauce

1 tsp of brown sugar

1/2 tsp of garlic puree

Splash of Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp of ground cayenne pepper or smoked paprika for less spice

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 barbecue 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 ribs on high in your 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.

If you don’t have a grill setting you could use an air fry or air crisp setting for a couple of minutes instead.

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 cobair 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.

If you’re looking for some other inspiration check out my Ninja Foodi chicken recipes.

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.

Slow cooker chicken tikka masala, slow cooker whole chicken, chicken pie and slow cooker chicken & prawn paella recipes

Are ribs better in slow cooker or pressure cooker?

While I do love pressure cooking ribs for me I’m a fan of being organised and so I love to slow cook the ribs and then give them a grill for the final couple of minutes to make the outside lovely and crisp and crunchy.

Should ribs be covered in liquid in slow cooker?

I feel that the ribs cook best when they are cooked in a sauce. You could dry cook them, and you’d get a little bit of liquid released anyway, but I love a saucy rib and these are perfect.

You could ladle over a tablespoon of extra sauce a few times during the cooking process too.

Crispy pork belly strips in a pile on a white platter

Why are my ribs not tender in slow cooker?

Make sure you are removing the membrane from the back of the rack, and cook the ribs in a nice layer of sauce for the most tender melt-in-the-mouth ribs.

Can ribs be overcooked in slow cooker?

Yes, absolutely. Stick to 4 hours cook time on high or 8 hours on low maximum to try to avoid this. It will vary a little depending on the thickness of your ribs, but this is a great guide typically.

Two air fryer pork schnitzels on a wooden chopping board.

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.

These ribs go beautifully with a nice cocktail, such as this Whiskey Ginger.

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

Sunday 8th of January 2023

No liquid?

katykicker

Thursday 12th of January 2023

Hiya, yes, there is 200ml of BBQ sauce, and 2/3 of this (along with the other ingredients) coats the ribs while they are cooking. Just reserve 1/3 of this liquid (before coating the ribs) for later in the recipe.

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