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Looking for a special occasion meal to make at home? These finger-lickin’ good, fall-off-the-bone-tender pork ribs are actually very simple to make and pack succulent flavor at a fraction of the price of a steakhouse. I purchased a package of 3 large pork loin back racks of ribs at Sam’s Club for about $25; that’s a half rack apiece for our family of 6, but we were full on 2 racks for supper and some of us enjoyed the other rack the next day for lunch! That comes to about $2.78 per serving…which really isn’t that bad when you’re talking about a special rib meal. Yup, the whole family enjoyed Bri’s Baked Barbecue Ribs, even my dad.
I included my rib sauce recipe below. Yes, I have several barbecue sauce recipes already (which you can see HERE and in Necessary Food), but I’m the kinda girl that likes to have a barbecue sauce recipe for every occasion. This one has a little bit of sweet, a little bit of spice (thank you, sriracha!), and a little more mustard than some of my other recipes (but not a lot). It’s thick enough to make a great basting or dipping sauce, and I used the whole batch on these ribs because I like sauce. The barbecue sauce on its own is a THM:FP, so if you use it on a lean meat like chicken breast, you can stay in Fuel Pull territory. (These ribs are already a THM:S because of their fat content.)
Try them for yourself! It’s way cheaper than eating out!
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- 3 racks pork loin back ribs (8-9 lbs.)
- 1 T. each chili powder, paprika
- ½ T. each onion powder, salt
- 1 tsp. each dry mustard, THM Super Sweet Blend, black pepper
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1½ c. no-sugar-added ketchup*
- ¼ c. prepared yellow mustard
- 2 T. salted butter
- 2 T. sriracha
- 1 T. THM Super Sweet Blend (or more, to taste)
- 1 T. apple cider vinegar
- 1½ tsp. molasses**
- 1 tsp. each chili powder, onion powder, paprika
- 1 tsp. liquid smoke
- ½ tsp. cumin
- Whisk the spice rub ingredients together. Place the ribs on two baking sheets (two racks on one, one rack on the other), flesh side up, and rub the spice rub evenly over the top of each. Cover the baking pans with foil and bake at 250* for 5½ hours.
- Turn the oven up to 350*, remove the foil from the pans, and bake the ribs for an additional 30 minutes, basting the top of the rib racks with barbecue sauce twice within that time. (I remove the ribs from the oven, baste them, return them to the oven for 15 minutes, remove and baste again, and bake for the last 15 minutes.) You can use my rib sauce or about 2 cups of your favorite sugar-free barbecue sauce. Don't skimp on the sauce, and enjoy those ribs!
- BRI'S RIB SAUCE: Whisk the ingredients together in a saucepan and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust sweetness and spices as desired. I used the whole batch on these ribs.
**This amount of molasses stays within the ¼ tsp. per serving guideline for THM.