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Lip Smackin’ Good Low Carb Barbecued Baby Back Ribs (with Dry Rub)

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Summer just wouldn’t be summer if it weren’t for ribs. In fact, when you bust out a sweet slab ‘o baby backs in the dead of winter, it becomes summer for as long as they remain in your mouth. Seriously– when it comes to grillin’, the king of meats is the ribs. If you’ve got a smoker, fantastic! Smoking meat is pretty much amazing. However, if you don’t, you can use this method to still get tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs anytime you want them.

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I prepared a dry rub and roasted the ribs in the oven first to tenderize the meat. Once they were cooked through, they were placed on the grill over medium heat and sauced several times. The result? Well, just look at this picture. You don’t need any words.

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If you don’t want to make your own barbecue sauce (if you do, use my recipe here or your favorite) , I highly recommend Guy’s sugar free, gluten free bottled barbecue sauce, which is available on Netrition. Another favorite of mine is xylitol sweetened Nature’s Hollow honey mustard barbecue sauce. It’s absolutely delicious.



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Here are the pre-baked ribs all rubbed up in their homemade dry rub, just waiting to go into the oven:

Lip Smackin’ Good Low Carb Barbecued Baby Back Ribs (with Dry Rub)


Lip Smackin’ Good Low Carb Barbecued Baby Back Ribs (with Dry Rub)

Makes two generous servings. 3.75 g net carbs per serving (when you use my homemade sauce. Check other sauce labels for nutrition information.)


  • 1 rack of fresh baby back ribs (spare ribs will do too)
  • 3 T granulated sweetener (I used Swerve)
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground mustard seed
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 3/4 C sugar free barbecue sauce (for grilling)


  1. In a bowl, combine sweetener, paprika, cayenne, red pepper, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, mustard seed, and thyme and mix well until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Rub the dry rub mixture on the raw ribs, massaging it all over the meat, on both sides.
  3. Wrap the ribs in aluminum foil and place onto a baking sheet. Bake the ribs at 325 degrees for about one hour, or until the meat is tender.
  4. Remove ribs from oven and grill over medium heat. Slather in sauce and turn several times until your desired level of "sauciness."
  5. Remove from heat and enjoy!!

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About the author

Leeann Teagno

Eating healthy, for me, is about more than weight loss like it used to be. It’s about controlling my blood sugar levels and obtaining normal–or relatively normal–hormone levels. I still struggle to lose weight efficiently, but eating a wheat, sugar and gluten free diet helps to control some of the problems I’ve encountered with these health issues of mine.


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