BBQ Pork Ribs

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I was going through my recipes trying to find the best meal for the upcoming Father's Day. And because men need real food, pork ribs seemed to be the best option. Not only they're paleo-friendly, but also an effortless & delicious award for all Fathers!

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Nutritional values (per serving)

3 grams 1.1 grams 38.9 grams 46.5 grams 13.5 grams 586 calories
Total Carbs4.1grams
Net Carbs3grams
of which Saturated13.5grams

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (2.1%), protein (26.6%), fat (71.4%)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 2 average racks pork ribs (1.6 kg / 3.5 lb, will yield about 50% meat)
  • 1 medium shallot or 1/2 medium white onion (60 g / 2.1 oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (60 ml / 2 fl oz)
  • 1 tsp salt (smoked works best)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper (I used white)
  • Optionally: serve with Spicy Chocolate BBQ Sauce (+ 1.8 g net carbs / 2 tbsp)

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  1. Prepare the ribs the night before (or at least a couple of hours in advance). First, chop them into pieces. BBQ Pork Ribs
  2. Now, let's prepare the marinade. Place all other ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. BBQ Pork Ribs
  3. Cover the ribs in the prepared marinade and place them in the fridge overnight (or at least a few hours). BBQ Pork Ribs
  4. Preheat the oven to medium-low 150 °C/ 300 °F. Place the marinated ribs in the oven and cook slowly for 60-75 minutes. BBQ Pork Ribs
  5. When the ribs are cooked, turn the oven off and take them out. You can also half-open the oven and leave the ribs in until you're ready to eat. You can serve them with BBQ sauce or ketchup (sugar-free!). If you have trouble finding a good low-carb BBQ sauce, try Spicy Chocolate BBQ Sauce (+ 1.8 g net carbs / 2 tablespoons)!
    BBQ Pork Ribs

Tip for a side: BBQ Ribs go great with greens, grilled vegetables or my Low-carb French Fries (+ 8.6 g net carbs).

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (17)

What is the serving size used for your calculations?


Hi Michelle, the recipe makes 4 servings so it is one quarter of this recipe. I hope this helps!


Is it 1.8lbs total for the ribs?  Or is each of the pieces 1.8lb for a total of 3.6?


Hi Car, the 800 g is the net weight of meat only so the total weight with bones will be about double (1.6 kg) - I'll fix it now, thank you!


Hi Martini,
love your ribs recipe but how can I make them sweet instead of savory?
What can I use to do this?
Thanks in advance!!


Thank you Teresa! You can add Erythritol or stevia in the rub or use the BBQ sauce (link in the ingredient list) that contains some sweetener 😊


I put these in the slow cooker (on high for 2 hours, then low for 4), and they fell off the bone! Absolutely delicious!! Thank you for sharing! 😊


Thank you, glad you liked my recipe! 😊


What if I can't find shallot? Can I substitute onions? or would that change the taste altogether?


Yes, you can use any types of onion instead (white, red, brown) - it will not affect the taste 😊


I prepared the recipe this weekend and it was simply excellent. I cheated and added some fresh gingerroot. Good move on my part. My guests enjoyed it. I served it with some grilled vegetables.


That's awesome! Glad you liked it Micheline! 😊


Hey, there is no calorie count in the recipe.  Can you provide please?


Hi Marylin - sorry for the late reply, I haven't seen your comment. There is calorie count in the table (586 kcal). Hope this helps 😊


Simply perfect! I love recipes below 5 g of net carbs and made this last weekend. It was very hard not no eat it all in one go... 😊


Thanks Maggie, it's a popular meal in my house, too 😊


I'm doing RIBS for Father's Day!!!