Easy Baby Back Ribs Recipe

BBQ Baby Back Ribs
BBQ Baby Back Ribs. Daniel Loiselle/E+/Getty Images
Total Time: 190 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 180 min
Servings: 3

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

313 calories
18g fat
5g carbs
18g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving  
Calories 313
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 998mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 18g  
Vitamin D 2mcg 10%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 380mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Baby back rib recipes are usually loaded down with sugar. Now you can have finger-licking baby back ribs that are just as succulent, added sugar-free.


  • 1 pound baby back ribs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup white cooking wine
  • 1​/4 cup ​sugar-free BBQ sauce


There are usually two phases of making baby back ribs. The first is a long slow braise (cooking in a little liquid) to dissolve all the connective tissue in the ribs. Otherwise, they would be very tough. This can be accomplished in the oven or crockpot, but in the heat of the summer, you can keep the whole process outside. The second part is the grilling, which is relatively quick.

  1. Sprinkle the ribs with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder.

  2. Pat the spices in and put ribs in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

  3. Wrap the ribs loosely in heavy-duty foil, but seal the sides. (If you are using the slow cooker/crockpot, skip this step.) Pour the white wine into the packet (or crockpot). Seal the top of the ribs.

  4. Put the ribs in a covered grill with low heat (either charcoal or gas) or on a baking sheet in the oven for two and a half hours at 250F or one and a half hours at 350F. In the crockpot, cook for 8 hours on low. Every 45 to 60 minutes, add liquid if necessary (it probably won't be, but the amount of juice in the ribs does vary), and turn the ribs over.

  5. Open the foil and brush the ribs with sugar-free BBQ sauce. Grill on medium to medium-high heat for 10 minutes on each side. Serve with sauce to dunk ribs in.

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