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Best Ninja Foodi Ribs Recipe

Ninja Foodi ribs recipe we love is here! Pork fall off the bone tender ribs with a crispy barbecue glaze outside using both the pressure cooker and air fryer! 

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Have you tried making pork Ninja Foodi ribs yet??!! They’re really easy and so tender they’ll melt in your mouth. Using both functions in this multi cooker appliance you can get the tender meat you want plus a crispy outside everyone loves. Find more Ninja Foodi recipes here you’ll love too on The Typical Mom. (affiliate links present)

How to Cook Ninja Foodi Ribs

Whether you’re new to using your Ninja Foodi pressure cooker and air fryer, or an expert you’ll love this Ninja Foodi ribs recipe. You are going to use both lids, both functions to make these pork ribs super tender tender with a crisp on the outside in the same machine.

We will show you the biggest TRICK to making your ribs fall off the bone every single time! If you need directions for pressure cooker short ribs, we have that too here.

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How Long to Cook Ribs in Ninja Foodi

30 minutes if you just want to pressure cook or an additional 8 if you want to air crisp at the end. I like both so the bbq sauce caramelizes all over. Here are a few resources to start with:

The first thing you MUST to do when making ribs in a Ninja Foodi is to remove the rib membrane. This thin layer is tough and inedible. If you do not remove it your ribs will not be able to fully release from one another and create that ultra tender taste you’re looking for.

That is why we created a post above all about how to get rid of it. Taking this extra step that only takes 5-10 minutes will make a world of difference and change the way you make ribs forever more.

Then you’ll want to place your rack of ribs into your pressure cooker as you see here. You do not want to set them down with the meat flat on the bottom, they will burn and cook unevenly.  This is how we cooked our Crock Pot Express Ribs and Instant Pot teriyaki ribs recipes too.

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Why do ribs taste so good cooked in the Ninja Foodi?

Pressure cooking the ribs in this first step softens the meat and makes them REALLY tender! You’ll use the pressure lid for this step. It is the one that isn’t attached.

  • Using the air crisp mode at the end crisps up the outside. Just like you’d get them at a restaurant.
    • For this step the crisping lid will be used. The one that is attached to the machine.
    • Adding more bbq sauce during this step creates a thick layer of OH MY goodness yumminess you’ll love.

Pork Spare Ribs in Ninja Foodi

Now of course there are several types out there, pork is the best by far if you ask me. There are baby back style as well which have less meat but cheaper, take your choice. Now country style is the meatiest and typically is boneless. If you insist on beef then go ahead, use the same timing and tell me your thoughts. 😉

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What Ninja Foodi accessories do you need to make ribs?

  • You only need the rack that comes with your machine for this.
    • Flip it upside down (seen here) so the lid can close during the air fryer process.
  • If you need an air fryer rack this is the best one to buy.

Of course you can skip the last step if you want and not crisp the top at all, but we like it. You just want to keep it off the bottom so the hot air can circulate around the meat and not just the top.

You can see what ours looked like here once the pressure cooking process was done and it was ready for air crisp.

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Ninja Foodi Ribs Ingredients

  • Barbecue sauce –this is our favorite
    • You could substitute Frank Red Hot sauce but beware, that would be over the top hot
  • Rack of ribs – ours were 3.5 lbs.
    • We have the 6 qt. pot, you could probably fit more in the 8 qt.
  • Apple cider – or apple juice
    • This helps break down the meat to tenderize too vs. using water

How long does it take to to make air fryer ribs at the end?

  • Timing will depend on how crisp you want them.
  • Set temperature to 400 degrees.
  • Then set time for 10 minutes and check after 8 to see if you want them in longer.
    • Ours took 10 minutes to look like this.
    • I cut our rack of ribs into 3 equal pieces and overlapped the top piece.
    • If you want them as crispy as possible I wouldn’t overlap them and air crisp them in 2 batches.
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Other Ninja Foodi recipes you’ll love after you try these!

  1. Our pressure cooker corn dog bites make a perfect snack or lunch!
  2. This is how to make Ninja Foodi chili or go on to make cheesy chili mac.
  3. For dessert you can try our sticky air fryer cinnamon rolls. They’re to die for!!
  4. You can also make pressure cooker frozen chicken wings and crisp those after in the Foodi!

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Ninja Foodi Ribs

Ninja Foodi ribs recipe we love! Pork fall off the bone tender ribs with a crispy barbecue glaze outside using pressure cooker and air fryer!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, ninja foodi, pork, pressure cooker, ribs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 233kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Remove membrane from ribs (instructions above in post) for very tender ribs. Then place inside your Ninja Foodi with the meat side facing the sides of the pot, wrapped around. See photo above in post.
  • Pour bottle of barbecue sauce on ribs and into pot. Then add apple cider. Make sure ribs have bbq sauce on them, can spoon over.
  • Close pressure cooker lid, one that isn’t attached, and close steam valve.
  • Turn pot on, then press pressure button. Set to high for 30 minutes (timing is good for 3-4 lbs of ribs to completely fall off the bone). Allow to naturally release steam for 5 minutes at end, then release remaining steam.
  • If you want to make outside cripsy then gently cut rack of ribs into 3-4 equal pieces.
  • Gently lift out and on to a plate (they will want to completely fall apart so handle with care).
  • Pour sauce from pot into a bowl and rinse out inner pot if desired. (you can leave as is but sauce will get more stuck on during the air frying process if you don’t wash off now)
  • Place rack into pot upside down so rack is lower to the bottom and ribs will fit with lid closed.
  • If you want really crispy ribs only place 2 pieces of ribs in at a time on to rack. Pour a bit of sauce from pot, or more bbq sauce from another jar on top of each piece and close air fryer lid (lid that is attached).
  • Set to air crisp, 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Check and if you want them crispier then add a few more minutes. Remove and add other racks the same way to crisp outside.
  • Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Ninja Foodi Ribs
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 233
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1311mg57%
Potassium 325mg9%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 45g50%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tuesday 19th of March 2024

This recipe is my go to recipe for me when it comes to cooking ribs. The first time I made this recipe, I didn't trust the timing and put it on longer (big mistake), LOL. I also add a few drops of liquid smoke to give it that smoky flavor. The crisping part makes it even better but I prefer to put them on the BBQ grill in a grill basket because they do fall off the bone. It adds to it. I really love and use The Pompous Pig BBQ sauce and their pork rub. It's like getting their ribs without traveling to Anderson, SC to get them.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 19th of March 2024

so glad


Monday 4th of March 2024

Your nutritional facts are completely off, 3 oz of pork rib is like 16 grams not 1 gram. and you have the carbs per serving 45 grams, when 2 tbs on the bottle is 17. That would be like eating 6 tbs of bbq sauce on 3 oz of meat. I can't imagine eating that much on a small amount of meat. I didn't bother to check the other facts since just these to alone were so far off. However the meat cooked up nicely to fall off the bone in the Ninja, so thank you for the recipe.

The Typical Mom

Monday 4th of March 2024

I don't have anything to do with that, the card calculates it


Tuesday 4th of July 2023

in steed of vinger can you use beer?

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 4th of July 2023


Mr Ben

Saturday 24th of June 2023

So easy and turned out perfect! I did one rack from frozen and just gave it 10 mins in the pressure cooker before adding the second rack. Both were perfect!


Saturday 29th of October 2022

OMG Perfection!!!! I never do ribs. Always come out not worth eating. I'M BACK to having Ribs again! Tender, Flavorful, Fast, Easy, Minimal Clean up. This is WONDERFUL! Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 30th of October 2022

oh good!

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