Tender and juicy baby back ribs baked in the oven are fall off the bone delicious. Slathered with homemade sugar free BBQ sauce, this recipe hits a home run!
The debate on the best BBQ ribs recipe is a real thing! There are even national contests that square off the best grilling pit bosses from all over the country! Ribs are just one of those all-American meals that everyone loves.
And while grilled ribs are tasty, you don't have to own a grill or have perfect weather to enjoy some of the best finger-licking ribs baked right in your oven!
For this Keto ribs recipe, I used a homemade raspberry chipotle BBQ sauce that has the most AH-mazing combination of sweet and smoky flavors. The raspberries off set the kick from the chipotle peppers and as it cooks, the incredible flavors marry into a BBQ sauce you'll want to keep on hand!
You are certainly welcomed to use your favorite Keto-friendly BBQ sauce on the ribs, or if you like more a traditional tomato BBQ sauce recipe, this Sugar Free BBQ Sauce is a good stand-by.
Slow cooked ribs in the oven are simply the best and are so easy to make. However, if you're in a rush and don't have time for slow cooked baked ribs, try these Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs. They are super tasty and can be ready in minutes.
What's in Easy Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
How to Make Tender Baby Back Ribs Baked in the Oven
Preheat oven to 300°F. Remove the membrane from the back of your rack of ribs and discard.
Take the dry rub mixture and rub all over the back, then front of the ribs.
Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake 300°F for 2 ½ hours on the center rack of your oven or until they are fork tender. Depending on the size and the amount you're cooking, you will may need to increase cooking time.
Remove from the oven and brush BBQ sauce over the tops.
Increase the temperature to 450°F and bake for 7-10 minutes or until the sauce begins to have a very slight char.
Serve with more BBQ sauce on the side. Store leftover Keto Ribs in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days or freeze.
Tips for the Best Baby Back Rib Recipe
Start with purchasing good ribs: Not all ribs are created equal. You'll want to see some fat running evenly through the entire rack. The ribs should have fat that's evenly distributed and marbled well throughout, verses ones with big pockets of fat.
Choose racks of ribs that are similar in size when cooking more than one: One of the things you will hear sometimes is how one rack is dried out and the other is perfect. That is typically because they are not similar is size. That makes it difficult to gauge cooking times. Buying ribs as close together in size as possible ensures each slab will cook evenly.
Remove the membrane: This is an important step in getting that fall-off-the-bone tenderness. If you've never done so, start by sliding a filet or sharp knife under one end of the silver membrane on the back of the ribs. To help you pull, use a paper towel to grab it and just gently pull it away from the bones.
Season before cooking: As the ribs begin to cook in the oven, the fibers begin to loosen up allowing the seasoning to seep in and flavor the meat. For those on Keto and low carb diets, the seasoning or rub you use is important as many store-bought brands have added sugars and preservatives. This Homemade BBQ Spice Dry Rub is not to spicy and adds the perfect balance of flavor to your baked or grilled ribs.
Are Ribs Keto?
Absolutely! Most protein is considered perfect for Keto. Ribs are especially good because of the fat marbling in them. The only thing you should be cautious about is the spice rub and sauce you use.
You'd be shocked to know that some store-bought brands of sauces have over 20 grams of sugar per 2 tablespoon serving. But by making your own, you control the amount of carbs you're eating which gives ribs on Keto a green light!
What Keto Sides Go with Baked Ribs?
So now your BBQ ribs are in the oven and smelling like heaven, and you need the perfect Keto side dish to go along with them! No worries, I've got you covered. Check out these delicious low carb side dishes:
- Broccoli Salad with Bacon
- Easy Cole Slaw
- Cauliflower Potato Salad
- Keto Broccoli Alfredo
- Jalapeno Popper Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
More Keto Pork Recipes
These oven baked baby back ribs will soon become your family's favorite, but if you're looking for more mouth-watering low carb pork recipes, here are some that I hope will give you some inspiration:
- Pork Chops with Bacon Mushroom Gravy
- Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin
- Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
- Thai Red Curry Coconut Pork
FREE 20 EASY KETO RECIPES EBOOK
Keto Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Remove the membrane from the back of your rack of ribs and discard. Take the dry rub mixture and rub all over the back, then front of the ribs.
- Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake 300°F for 2 ½ hours on the center rack of your oven or until they are fork tender.
- Remove from the oven and brush BBQ sauce over the tops. Increase the temperature to 450°F and bake for 7-10 minutes or until the sauce begins to have a very slight char.
- Serve with more BBQ sauce on the side. Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days or freeze.
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*Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. You can verify it using the nutrition calculator of your choice. All data is based on net carbs, without sugar alcohol- Swerve, Erythritol, Allulose, or Monk Fruit.