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Paleo Baby Back Ribs

Paleo Baby Back Ribs

Well it’s officially the season to start heating up the BBQ. The days are warmer now and I am getting in the mood to eat outdoors again. My latest recipe, paleo baby back ribs hit the spot with everyone. I cannot tell you how moist and fall-off-the-bone tender this cut of meat is. You can read more about this below as well as some incredible paleo barbecue sauce options. OMG!

Baby back ribs are cut from where the rib meets the spine after the loin has been removed. The upper ribs are called baby back ribs; not because they come from a baby pig! They’re only called baby because they are shorter in comparison to the larger ribs they are attached to. Baby back ribs are extremely tender and lean and are much more in demand so they tend to have a slightly higher price tag. Each rack (slab) averages 10 or more curved ribs that run 3 to 6 inches long. Weighing in at about 1 ½ to 2 pounds, which feeds about 2 people; unless you are my son-in-law, he can eat a whole rack and then some.

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These babies are fall-off-the-bone tender.

This recipe is by far one of the easiest and everyone loves the flavor right off the grill. As another option, I created a different baby back ribs recipe that takes less than an hour and tastes completely different: Amazing Ribs! – Something Totally New! Either way you cannot go wrong and you, your family and guests will love them!

When I serve these I offer a multitude of barbecue sauces on the table as some people like them hot, while others like them sweet or spicy, or tangy and so forth. I do not need to reinvent the wheel here so I have suggested a few I am fond of that are paleo approved, meaning no “white” or “brown” sugar: Bourbon spiked barbeque sauce, tangy barbecue sauce, BBQ mustard sauce, Paleocupboard’s basic barbecue sauce, and if you just want one link with a ton of ideas head over to PaleoGrubs.

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Time to dig in!

With a table full of ribs and sauces, what comes next when the ideas are churning? Try some barbeque friendly sides like, spicy turnip fries or paleo macaroni and cheese. And of course a healthy dessert such as paleo peach mango ice cream or a baked option like my paleo apple tarts.

Enjoy the season, the weather, the outdoors and of course this recipe! And be sure to email me and let me know how your ribs turned out!

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Paleo Baby Back Ribs

Paleo Baby Back Ribs

  • Author: Tina Turbin

Description

My latest recipe, paleo baby back ribs hit the spot with everyone and I cannot tell you how moist and fall-off-the-bone tender this cut of meat is. See my many BBQ sauce options in the note below.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 racks of baby back ribs (about 2 ½ lb. total) (I used 5280 pork)
  • 4 tablespoons chipotle powder
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground sea salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse and then dry your ribs thoroughly and set aside.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Poke the ribs with a fork to allow for the seasonings to get into the meat a bit more.
  4. Rub the seasoning mixture all over the ribs.
  5. Wrap the individual slabs in plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for minimally 2 hours, but ideally overnight to allow the flavors to penetrate.
  6. Heat your grill on high heat and grill the ribs for just 4 minutes per side, not over a flame.
  7. Remove from the grill and serve these babies up with some BBQ sauce or on their own.
  8. You will end up with a thin “crust” on the outside from the dry rub and it will be incredibly juicy and tender on the inside.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

When I serve these I offer a multitude of barbecue sauces on the table as some people like them hot, while others like them sweet or spicy, or tangy and so forth. I do not need to reinvent the wheel here so I have suggested a few I am fond of that are paleo approved, meaning no “white” or “brown” sugar: Bourbon spiked barbeque sauce, tangy barbecue sauce, BBQ mustard sauce, Paleocupboard’s basic barbecue sauce, and if you just want one link with a ton of ideas head over to PaleoGrubs.

From my kitchen to yours,

Tina Turbin

About Tina Turbin

I'm a cookbook-collecting, recipe-developing paleo junkie, and I live in the kitchen. I'm hooked on farmers' markets, traveling, eating healthy, and hiking until my legs scream at me. There's nothing better than hanging out with family and good friends. I have fun and sleeping is just plain boring. Read more About Tina Turbin.

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