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Low-Carb 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 keto-friendly, but they're also an effortless & delicious award for all Fathers! These BBQ Ribs go great with greens, grilled vegetables or my Low-carb French Fries!

Hands-on Overall

Serving size about 4 ribs

Allergy information for Low-Carb BBQ Pork Ribs

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, about 4 ribs)

Net carbs3 grams
Protein38.9 grams
Fat46.5 grams
Calories587 kcal
Calories from carbs 2%, protein 27%, fat 71%
Total carbs4.1 gramsFiber1.1 gramsSugars1.3 gramsSaturated fat13.5 gramsSodium778 mg(34% RDA)Magnesium40 mg(10% RDA)Potassium590 mg(29% EMR)

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 extra virgin olive oil (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 1 tsp smoked sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper


  1. Prepare the ribs the night before (or at least a couple of hours in advance). First, chop them into pieces. Low-Carb BBQ Pork Ribs
  2. Prepare the marinade. Place all other ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Low-Carb BBQ Pork Ribs
  3. Cover the ribs in the prepared marinade and place them in the fridge overnight (or at least a few hours). Low-Carb BBQ Pork Ribs
  4. Preheat the oven to medium-low 150 °C/ 300 °F (fan assisted), or 170 °C/ 340 °F (conventional). Cover with a baking foil, place the marinated ribs in the oven and cook slowly for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  5. After 2 hours and 30 minutes, remove the foil and cook for 15 minutes. Low-Carb BBQ Pork Ribs
  6. 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 sugar-free ketchup. If you have trouble finding a good low-carb BBQ sauce, try Spicy Chocolate BBQ Sauce.
    Low-Carb BBQ Pork Ribs

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 4 ribs)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Pork, fresh, backribs, separable lean and fat, raw
0 g38.1 g32.7 g448 kcal
Shallot, fresh
2 g0.4 g0 g11 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Cumin, spices
0.2 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Chile (chili) powder, spices (ancho, chipotle, Mexican chile powder)
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g13.5 g119 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Total per serving, about 4 ribs
3 g38.9 g46.5 g587 kcal

Low-Carb BBQ Pork Ribs

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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 (25)

This was absolutely disgusting. I followed every step to the letter and now my evening is ruined.
If I had any recourse available to make you pay me back for the meat I wasted, I would absolutely do it. I'll think twice before trusting these recipes, from now on..
Inedible. Repulsive.

Dear Blake, I don't know what went wrong or why you didn't like it because you didn't mention anything specific. No one else had any issues so I can just assume it wasn't to your taste. If only I got paid for all the time wasted by replying to comments that add absolutely no value to my readers, well I'd be a millionaire.

There is something wrong with this recipe. 2.5 hours at 340? The ribs came out so dry they were inedible. Hard as a rock. Horrible. Even my husband wouldn’t eat them and he’ll eat anything.

Hi Carrie, the heat isn't high at all, it's medium-low 150 °C/ 300 °F (fan assisted), or 170 °C/ 340 °F (conventional) - maybe you used the wrong conversion or setting for conventional instead of fan assisted? Did you cover them with the foil as instructed?

That seems a very short time (60-75 min) at such a low temp (170)...?

Daisy you are absolutely right! This recipe was re-tested and adjusted by one of our recipe developers but I just realised it hasn't been updated - it is now!

Thanks so much this is fantastic to be able to get the recipes
Much better to enjoy them
I have be cooking these recepies for 2 weeks. Preparing them first and having them in my fridge has stopped the temptation of eating something i shouldn't
Your blog has given me access to what i need to be successful in achieving my goal, and the modervation to continue

Trish, thank you so much for your kind words!

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!!!