This recipe first uses the pressure cooker setting to cook the ribs (19 mins) followed by air crisper setting to finish : (15 mins). With pressure build and prep you can have restaurant quality ribs in as little as 45 minutes.

Based on a recipe from for St. Louis ribs, we modified the recipe to use diet soda instead of beer and a low sugar sauce.

Source: Ninja Kitchen – Sticky St. Louis Ribs


  • 1 Baby back ribs
  • 1 bottle of BBQ sauce of choice
  • Dry BBQ Rub of choice
  • Diet Dr Pepper or other Soda (instead of beer from original recipe)
  • Ninja Foodie Deluxe


  1. Ribs must be thawed and dried for this recipe .
  2. Apply BBQ dry rub to the ribs covering as much surface area as possible. Place ribs I to air fryer basket.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup of diet soda into the pressure cooker pan. Then place air fryer basket or rack with ribs into the pressure cooker
  4. Pressure cook on high for 19 minutes. Remember it takes at least 6 minutes for the foodie to come to proper temperature (Pressure Build).
  5. After the pressure cooker time count down to zero quick release the pressure by moving the pressure whistle to the VENT position. Then carefully remove lid once pressure lock is released.

Then, with to the air crisp lid.

Set Ninja to Air Crisp setting
Temp: 400
Time: 15 minutes.

After 10 minutes under air crisper list the lid and pour BBQ sauce to cover rub on lower rack. Then add the BBQ sauce and rotate. Coat with more sauce. Close the lid and finish air crisping for remaining 5 minutes.

Bottom tier baby back ribs after full air crisping time of 15 minutes with sauce and rotation at 10 minutes.


Incredible! These ribs were tender in the center with just enough bite. There as a delicate char that I loved. The rib were cooked all the way through for safety.

Low Carb Sauces

Special Thanks

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank my brother for allowing me to test out his Ninja Foodi. The deep dive of YouTube videos made me want one. My husband Sol and the kids bought me the deluxe one for my birthday and we cant wait to use it for more low carb recipes.


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