Easy Low-Sugar Baby Back Ribs

BBQ Baby Back Ribs

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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 with sugar. But with this low-sugar recipe, now you can have finger-licking baby back ribs that are just as succulent without all the extra sugar. Reducing your consumption of added sugar can help you maintain a healthy weight and even lower your risk of chronic diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.


  • 1 lb baby back ribs
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup white cooking wine
  • 1​/4 cup ​no-sugar-added BBQ sauce


  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. Pour the white wine into the packet. 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.

  5. Open the foil and brush the ribs with no-sugar-added BBQ sauce. Grill on medium to medium-high heat for 10 minutes on each side. Serve with extra sauce on the side.

Variations and Substitutions

If you would prefer to slow cook the ribs a crockpot, simply follow the instructions above, with the exception of Step 2, which you can skip. It is still recommended to finish them on the grill.

  • Place all of the ingredients in the crockpot.
  • Cook for 8 hours on low.
  • Turn the ribs over every 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Add liquid if necessary (it probably won't be, but the amount of juice in the ribs does vary).
  • Grill for 10 minutes on each side.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Note there are usually two phases of making baby back ribs:

  • Phase 1: 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. Braising can be accomplished in the oven or crockpot.
  • Phase 2: The second part is grilling the ribs, which is relatively quick.

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