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.
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:
- St. Louis or Baby Back style pork ribs
- Liquid hickory smoke
- Swerve brown sugar replacement
- Pink Himalayan salt
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Smoked paprika
- Chili powder
- Ground black pepper
- Chipotle powder
- Cayenne pepper
- Serve with: sugar free bbq sauce of choice, we make this delicious spicy bourbon homemade bbq sauce (sugar free)
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.
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.
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!
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!
Tools Needed For This Recipe:
- Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil (like Reynold’s Wrap)
- Baking Sheets
- Latex Gloves
- Sharp Chef’s Knife & Cutting Board
- Mixing Bowls
- Silicon Basting Brush
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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 – Easy Oven Baked Keto Ribs with BBQ Sauce
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Now, just cut up the ribs, top with more BBQ sauce if you want and enjoy!!
These nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy and are only estimates. We cannot guarantee the accuracy.