These low carb barbecue ribs are so tender, they practically fall apart in your mouth. And a little sugar-free Chipotle Whiskey Barbecue sauce makes them out of this world!
I have been remiss in never sharing a low carb rib recipe here on All Day I Dream About Food. Especially when I have such a delicious recipe that I use over and over and over, every time I cook ribs. I mean, these are the definitive fall-off-the-bone ribs, where you go to take a bite and find that you’re only holding the bone in your hand, because all the meat fell back onto your plate. The secret is the slow braising in the oven, which loosens all the tough, fibrous membranes and makes the meat unbelievably tender. You only grill or broil the ribs for a paltry few minutes. It’s a recipe my husband and I developed over several years, and really it’s an amalgamation of ideas from several sources, including the now defunct Gourmet Magazine as well as a dry rub adapted from Steve Raichlan. And now I’ve added my own special touch with a low carb sugar-free barbecue sauce I developed for Swerve Sweetener.
I tend to like less saucy ribs and I hate when I go to restaurants and the ribs are drowned in a sugary-sweet condiment, so thick you have to scrape off several inches just to find the meat. Good ribs shouldn’t need all that dressing up. And good barbecue sauce should be tangy and spicy, with some sweetness but not so sweet you feel like you are licking a bbq flavoured lollipop. There’s a happy balance somewhere in there and I was trying to find it. I think I did, with this sauce. It’s quite spicy on its own, but it doesn’t burn your mouth off when you’ve brushed it over the meat. It’s also great on chicken and other meats and makes great pulled pork. And you can leave out the whiskey, if you are so inclined.
If you only want the sauce recipe, check out Chipotle Whiskey Barbecue Sauce on Swerve Sweetener. If you want the whole rib recipe, keep on reading!
BBQ Sauce Nutritional Analysis: Serves about 12 (2 tbsp per serving). Each serving has 3.16 g of carbs and 0.76 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 2.4 g.
Food energy: 29kcal; Saturated fatty acids: 0.02g Total fat: 0.10g; Calories from fat: 0; Cholesterol: 0 Carbohydrate: 3.16g; Total dietary fiber: 0.76g; Protein: 0.64g; Sodium: 258mg
These low carb ribs are so tender, they practically fall off the bone. And a little sugar-free Chipotle Whiskey Barbecue sauce makes them out of this world!
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper depending on how hot you like it
- 1 rack pork spare ribs
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup Low Carb Chipotle Whiskey Barbecue Sauce
Preheat oven to 425F.
For the dry rub, mix kosher salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, pepper and cayenne together in a small bowl.
Rub all over both sides of ribs. Lay ribs in a large roasting pan (cut in half if you need to, to make them fit). Add water and cover tightly in tinfoil.
Bake 1 & 1/2 hours, until meat is very tender.
Preheat grill or broiler. Brush ribs with sugar-free barbecue sauce and grill or broil 6 to 8 minutes, watching carefully so that they don't burn.
Ribs with BBQ Sauce (6 servings): 5g of carbs and 1.55 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 3.45 g.