Baked Ribs – Easy Oven Baked Keto Ribs with BBQ Sauce

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Last updated on July 13th, 2020

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These Baked Ribs are Easy Oven Baked Keto Ribs with BBQ Sauce that are no frills, no mess, fall off the bone tender and most of all, healthier for you than regular BBQ ribs, without sacrificing the taste. They are easy to make for this BBQ season, with a delicious sugar free dry rub, accompanied by a crave worthy homemade BBQ sauce. Bake them in the oven for an easy meal.


hand holding baby back ribs dipping in bbq sauce

Looking for more keto friendly bbq friendly options but you’re without a grill like us? We make these delicious baked ribs right in the oven! We use a brown sugar replacement for these delicious ribs for a lovely, sweet taste without the sugar or calories!

Here’s What We Used For These Baked Ribs – Easy Oven Baked Keto BBQ Ribs:

tray of oven baked baby back ribs

What Style Ribs Should I Use and How Do I Prepare Them?

The style of ribs you use is totally up to you! We recommend St. Louis or Baby Back pork ribs. Honestly, we usually just get whatever is on sale. For this application, we don’t think you need to remove the membrane on the back side of the slabs!

The reason why is because these ribs cook so low and slow, and get really tender in their own juices, spices and the Swerve brown sugar inside of the aluminum foil wrapping. By the time they are done, these ribs will be sliding off of the bone, trust us! The membrane actually keeps the ribs together while they cook, so save yourself the hassle of removing it.

tray of ribs with bbq sauce and peach salad and light blue napkin

Really the only things you need to do are dab the slabs off with paper towels, season them with your dry rub very well, and wrap them tightly in foil, double wrapping is good practice for these ribs. You will want to use heavy duty aluminum foil for these, so that the liquid doesn’t spill out and burn all over your baking sheets.

It’s also a good idea to cook each meat side down on your baking sheets, and to cook these ribs very low and slow. That’s what ensures they are tender, moist, juicy and flavorful. Anyone can make these ribs! All you need is a little time. After they are finishing cooking, you should take them out of the oven and leave them wrapped for 15 minutes before opening the foil. This sort of seals in more of the juice and flavors.

We love a good bbq sauce, especially if it’s sugar free and homemade! Try our spicy bourbon homemade bbq sauce (sugar free bbq sauce) on these scrumptious keto maple bbq glazed shrimp!

What BBQ Sauce Should I Use?


BBQ sauce is honestly so easy and inexpensive to make, so lately, we’ve been making our own. Here’s our Spicy Bourbon Homemade BBQ Sauce (Sugar Free BBQ Sauce). It’s tasty, spicy, sweet, smoky and tangy. Click here for the full recipe.

spicy bourbon homemade bbq sauce with a spoon and yellow towel

If you prefer, you can always use your favorite keto friendly bbq sauce. We love G Hughes Sugar Free for instance! We like to use the dry rub first, and then add the bbq sauce later after they are fully cooked, when we then take the ribs, coat them, and broil for 10 minutes. Then, we dip them in more sauce!

bbq sauce with baked ribs

Substitutions & Optional Ingredients:

  • Brown Sugar Swerve– We love using Swerve for this, because it’s the perfect brown sugar replacement. Feel free to replace with any brown sugar replacement, or just use regular brown sugar if you aren’t concerned about carbs or sugar.
  • Liquid Smoke- This is one of those extra ingredients that is recommended for extra smoky flavor, but not necessary.
  • Seasonings- If you don’t prefer some of the spices, leave them out! For instance, if you’re not really a fan of spice, feel free to scale back on the spicier seasonings or leave them out. We love spicy things so we like a little kick. You can really use whatever your favorite spice rub is however. It’s up to you!
bowl of dry rub seasonings for ribs

Tools Needed For This Recipe:

delicious baked ribs with homemade bbq sauce

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How to Make Baked Ribs:

Preheat your oven to 275°F. The trick to these super tender, fall off the bone baked ribs is cooking them low and slow in then oven for awhile. You will want to start by double wrapping each slab of ribs with plenty of heavy-duty aluminum foil. We also take one baking sheet per slab of ribs. Then, make sure you have enough foil to wrap around the slab, and layer two pieces of foil over the center of the baking sheet.

Start by patting your ribs dry with paper towels, then rubbing some liquid smoke into the meat (optional). Next, make sure to rub the dry rubs onto both sides of the ribs and pack it tight.

Make sure both slabs are well coated in the dry rub before wrapping tightly. After the ribs are wrapped, add another layer of aluminum foil to make sure the juices don’t leak out. Cook for 2 hours and 30 minutes, then remove from the oven and let them rest for 15 minutes before opening the foil.

After they are fully cooked, brush them with bbq sauce and place under the broiler for 10 minutes. Cut into pieces, then dip in more sauce!

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baked ribs with bbq sauce and summer salad

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Baked Ribs – Easy Oven Baked Keto Ribs with BBQ Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Resting Time
15 mins
Total Time
3 hrs
 

These Baked Ribs are Easy Oven Baked Keto Ribs with BBQ Sauce that are no frills, no mess, fall off the bone tender and most of all, healthier for you than regular BBQ ribs, without sacrificing the taste. They are easy to make for this BBQ season, with a delicious sugar free dry rub, accompanied by a crave worthy homemade BBQ sauce. Bake them in the oven for an easy meal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked ribs, bbq, keto, ribs, sugar free, summer
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 346 kcal
Author: Briana
Ingredients
  • 2 slabs pork ribs of choice, St. Louis or Baby Back Style (about 4-5 lbs)
  • 2 tbsp liquid hickory smoke* (optional and to taste)
  • 2/3 cup Swerve Brown sugar (or other brown sugar replacement)
  • 2 tbsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • sugar free bbq sauce of choice, store bought or homemade
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 275°F. The key to these tender ribs is cooking them low and slow for a while. Taking your baking sheets and line them with aluminum foil. You will want lots of excess foil on the sides to wrap them. Rinse your ribs and pat them dry, then put them in the center of the baking sheet.

  2. You will want 1 baking sheet per slab of ribs. Start by adding some liquid smoke to your ribs. Rub it into the meat. It’s optional, but we love the smoky flavor. We used about 1 tbsp of liquid smoke per slab of ribs. In a bowl, mix together your brown sugar Swerve and the rest of the spice mixture to make your dry rub. 

  3. With gloves on, you will want to cover the slabs of ribs very well with the dry rub, sort of massaging it into the meat on both sides. The dry rub mixture is meant to cover both slabs, so divide it roughly in half.

  4. Now, once the slabs are seasoned well, cover them very well with foil. Wrap them in another layer. You want them to be well covered to hold in all the juices when cooking. Put the slabs meat side down on the baking sheet and bake for 2.5 hours. Low and slow.

  5. It’s really pretty simple from here on out. After the ribs have cooked thru, brush both sides with BBQ sauce and place under the broiler for about 10 minutes. 

  6. Now, just cut up the ribs, top with more BBQ sauce if you want and enjoy!! 

Recipe Notes

Macros: We provide macros as a courtesy using MyFitnessPal. We estimated that there were about 6 servings of ribs, and we did not include the bbq sauce, as it will vary from brand to brand or if you make it yourself. 

Makes 6 servings, 346 calories, 34 grams of fat, 64 grams of protein, 4 total carbs, 1 gram fiber, making 3 net carbs per serving. 

 

Our Spicy Bourbon Homemade BBQ Sauce (Sugar Free BBQ Sauce) Macros: Makes 16 servings, 28 calories, 0 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein, 4 total carbs, 1 gram fiber, making 3 net carbs per serving of BBQ sauce.  

 

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