Bri's Baked Barbecue Ribs
The rib sauce here is a thickish basting sauce but would also make a great dipping sauce! It's a little sweet, a little spicy (hello, sriracha!), and has more mustard than some of my other barbecue sauces (but not overpoweringly so). || THM:S, low carb, sugar free, gluten/egg/nut free || Substitute refined coconut oil for the butter in the sauce if you need to go dairy free. || On its own, the sauce is actually a THM:FP (low carb, low fat) if you stick to ⅓ c. sauce or less per serving.
Serves: 6 (half rack apiece)
  • 3 racks pork loin back ribs (8-9 lbs.)
Spice rub:
  • 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
Bri's Rib Sauce:
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
*The ketchup recipe in the THM Cookbook would be a good way to go! No-sugar-added ketchup can be hard to find in the store. To be honest, I just use regular ketchup and don't figure it does me too much harm in moderate doses, but it's not technically on plan for Trim Healthy Mamas.
**This amount of molasses stays within the ¼ tsp. per serving guideline for THM.
Recipe by Briana Thomas at