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9 Keto Pork Ribs Recipes

Louise Hendon | April 7

If you’ve been through one or more types of diets so far, you may have gotten used to a long list of forbidden, but tasty foods like pork ribs. But know this: when you’re deciding to start your keto diet, you’re also entering a fairytale land where you can eat plenty of your favorite tasty foods.

Why? Because the main point of a keto diet is to increase your fat intake while decreasing the carbohydrates you consume.

And… yes, you’ve got that one right, pork ribs can help you in doing so because they have plenty of healthy fats and no carbs.

To be more precise, one medium-sized pork rib (35 g) contains 11 g of fat and… 0 carbs, so if you’re still asking yourself if pork ribs are keto-friendly, I hope this makes you stop wondering and look at the amazing recipes we prepared for you.

1) Keto Asian Pork Ribs (Slow Cooker)  

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– Keto Summit

Ingredients: baby pork ribs, onion, garlic, ginger, chicken broth, tamari sauce or coconut aminos, Chinese five-spice seasoning, green onion

This recipe is worth the premium price you’ll have to pay for baby pork ribs and that’s mostly due to the unique blend of Chinese spices which will give the meat a mouth-watering flavor. You’ll have to use a slow cooker (I know, that means it will take a while to have it ready), but the baby backs need to cook low and slow to be tender. It will take about three hours and twenty minutes to have it ready, depending on your slow cooker, but it’s totally worth the wait.

2) Keto-friendly Country Style Ribs (Instant Pot)

– Beauty and the Foodie

Ingredients: boneless pork ribs, beef broth, sea salt, freshly ground pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, low carb barbeque sauce (tomato sauce, butter, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, coconut sugar, garlic powder, sea salt and onion powder)

Yes, you can serve these delicious country-style pork ribs on a keto diet without worry! You can make this recipe with or without the barbeque sauce, depending on your taste, but if you want to include the sauce, avoid buying one from the supermarket. Most sauces sold on the market contain sugar and can mess up your keto diet. This pork ribs recipe is a quick one – it will take only about an hour to be ready, so you can consider it for a lovely dinner after a busy day. The smoked paprika will add an incredible flavor to your pork ribs, so make sure you don’t forget about it.

3) Juicy Keto Ribs (oven cooked)

– Low Carb Maven

Ingredients: baby back ribs, olive oil, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, ground cumin

If you’re craving for some juicy oven-cooked ribs, try out this heavenly-tasting recipe! You can dry-rub it or add some barbeque sauce in the end, it’s totally up to you! And, if you feel inspired, experiment with other seasonings! You can serve it with green beans and pepper salad for a delightful dinner.

4) Keto Dry Rub Ribs

– All Day I Dream About Food

Ingredients: pork spare ribs, kosher salt, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper

There are times when I prefer a dry rub recipe over a saucy one and I’ve been looking for a perfect seasoning for a long time until I found this one. This pork spare ribs recipe will be ready in about an hour, and you’ll need to bake it and then grill or broil the ribs for 6 to 8 minutes. And let me tell you, you won’t be disappointed. The spare ribs will get tender, almost falling off the bone, melting in your mouth. If you’re not into the spicy experience, cut the chili powder, or replace it with more paprika or garlic powder (your choice).

5) Boneless Pork Ribs Recipe (oven cooked)

– Low Carb Yum

Ingredients: boneless pork ribs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, ground black pepper

This is a quick and extremely tasty recipe that can be served as an appetizer as well as the main dish. If you want to impress your friends and family in no time, serve it for dinner alongside any low carb vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, spinach or cabbage would be a great choice) and a fancy salad. If you’re looking for an appetizer, you might want to try dipping the boneless pork ribs into a low carb, keto-approved Ranch Dressing or BBQ sauce. You’re not going to regret it!

6) Keto Baked Ribs Recipe

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– Keto Summit

Ingredients: baby pork ribs, applesauce, gluten-free tamari sauce or coconut aminos, olive oil, fresh ginger, garlic, salt and pepper

This mouth-watering keto baked ribs recipe is one of the best choices if you’re aiming to impress your friends and family over dinner. The apple ginger tamari glaze will give an incredible flavor to your pork ribs, making your loved ones “yum, yum” with every bite. It will take approximately 3 hours to cook, but it’s worth the wait because the ribs will cook low and slow and get super tender.

7) Pork Loin Ribs with Keto BBQ Sauce

– Ruled Me

Ingredients: pork loin back ribs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, southwest seasoning, liquid smoke

This is the best option if you are craving for some BBQ pork ribs. The homemade, keto-friendly BBQ sauce will taste sweet and peppery at the same time, adding a dream-like flavor to the meat. If you’re not sure yet what kind of BBQ sauce is better suited to your taste, get inspired by this list of 24 Keto BBQ Sauce Recipes for the Best Backyard Cookouts and start experimenting.

8) Keto BBQ Pork Spare Ribs (pressure cooker)

– Head Banger’s Kitchen 

Ingredients: pork spare ribs, keto BBQ sauce, 5 spice powder, stick cinnamon, star anise, bay leaf, peppercorns, ginger or galangal, garlic, salt

If you want to take your pork spare ribs cooking skills to a new level, you can try out this amazing recipe. It will take about an hour to get it ready and it will surely impress your guests with a lovely, unique taste. Don’t forget to add a little bit of water to your pressure cooker along with the seasoned meat because this will help tenderize it.

After 30 minutes of cooking, fry the ribs and add the BBQ sauce and the 5 spice powder. By doing so, you’ll make sure the pork ribs will have a nice and savory crust.

9) Sugar-Free Smoked Pork Ribs

– Vindulge

Ingredients: pork spare ribs, yellow mustard, butter, kosher salt, coarse ground pepper, fresh rosemary, sweet paprika, garlic powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, and BBQ sauce

If you have the equipment and space to smoke your spare ribs on your own, this recipe is a must! You can make this one with pork spare ribs, or, if you want to be extra sure that the meat will be tender you can make it with baby pork ribs. Be sure you let them smoke until you see the bones without rushing into the second phase. I know, making this pork ribs recipe from scratch is going to take a while (approximately 6 hours), but no liquid smoke will give you the same flavor as the real deal.

After the smoking phase, wrap the spare ribs in aluminum foil, along with some additional flavoring like butter or BBQ sauce. This process will tenderize the meat while also boosting its yummy taste.

Louise Hendon

Louise holds a Bachelors and Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (UK). She attended Columbia University for her JD and practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before co-founding Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. Louise has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love. You can find her on Facebook or LinkedIn.