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Sugar Free BBQ Pork Ribs


It's really hard to find a BBQ sauce that is free from added sugar. This fabulous recipe is really quick and easy to make- you'll never buy store bought BBQ sauce again.

As a heads up, both the tomato sauce and BBQ sauce feature in the ribs recipe. You can also used store bought tomato and BBQ sauce- but why would you when they are so quick and easy to make. Any of your sweeteners can be used in both of these recipes, although I do love to use monkfruit.

Rib fans will be rejoicing- succulent melt in your mouth pork ribs with an authentic, BBQ sauce that your whole family are going to love.


Sugar Free BBQ Pork Ribs - Recipe



This recipe for sugar free BBQ pork ribs was developed using store bought sugar free BBQ and tomato sauce/ketchup. In Australia, I often buy the ‘Celebrate Health' brand BBQ and tomato sauce/ketchup from my local Coles supermarket. I also make my own sugar free tomato sauce/ketchup and a sugar free BBQ sauce. Both of these recipes also work really well in this dish.



My personal favorite ribs to use in this recipe is pork ribs. I've been sourcing mine from ALDI, and they cook up beautifully and just melt in your mouth. I've also tried beef ribs as well and they work well although they generally need a longer cooking time due to the thickness of the meat on the ribs. As a general rule, finer ribs will cook as per the times in the recipe. For thicker ribs, you may have to allow up to 3-4 hours of slow cooking for them to become tender and fall off the bone.



You can use the oven to finish off your ribs as per the recipe or alternatively, baste your ribs and BBQ them on on each side. I generally use the oven method as it creates less mess but the BBQ method will caramelize your ribs more.


Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:2 hours 30 minutes

Course: Appetizer, BBQ, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Australian, BBQ, Tex Mex
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Servings: 4 serves


  • 4 racks pork ribs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ Spice Mix or your favorite BBQ rub
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar- ACV for below the ribs

Rib BBQ Sauce

  • cup Sugar Free BBQ Sauce or your favorite store bought version
  • cup Sugar Free Tomato Sauce/Ketchup or your favorite store bought version
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar - ACV
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons monkfruit blend or alternative sweetener


  • Preheat oven to 160 C/320 F and move the rack to the middle position in the oven. Use a glass oven proof baking dish or line a large baking tray/pan with foil. Ensure the tray will allow the ribs to sit flat..
  • Drizzle olive oil on both sides of ribs. Sprinkle the BBQ spice mix on both sides and massage into the ribs. Pour 2 tablespoons of ACV- apple cider vinegar onto the base of the baking tray/foil. Place the ribs into the baking tray meaty side up.
  • Cover the ribs with foil, sealing around the edge of the baking tray. Bake for 2 to 2 ½ hours or until the meat is tender enough to fall off the bones.
  • While the ribs are cooking, combine all of the Rib BBQ Sauce ingredients together and whisk until well blended. Set aside.
  • Remove the foil and spoon the Rib BBQ Sauce onto the back and front of the ribs. Be more generous with the sauce on the meaty side of the ribs. Increase the oven temperature to 180 C/ 360 F.
  • Place the ribs back in the oven, meaty side down and cook for a further 10 minutes or until they start to brown slightly. Remove ribs from the oven and turn them over meaty side up, cooking for a further 10 minutes or until the ribs start to brown slightly.
  • Serve with your favorite sides.

Recipe Notes

Temperature times are for finer cut of pork ribs. If your ribs are thicker and meatier, you may have to cook them initially on the lower temperature. For eg, I have baked thicker beef ribs and they have taken 3-4 hours to reach the fall off the bone stage.

You can use the grill and bake function in your oven if desired for the final cooking stage but please watch your ribs to ensure they don't brown too much before turning them over. This might only need 5 minutes on each side.

If you have BBQ sauce left over, it can be frozen for use at another date, or heat it up and use as additional rib sauce.


Nutritional Information

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.3g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 29g | Fiber: 0.7g


Sugar Free BBQ Sauce



Sugar Free BBQ Sauce - Recipe



Alternatively you can use a store bought sauce in it's place. If you don't have access to sugar free tomato sauce/ketchup, you could also use equal amounts of passata or tinned tomato that has been processed smooth. Note that using passata or tinned tomato will result in a blander sauce so you may want to tweak the spices a little to taste. Try the sauce before you go doing any tweaking though as it may suit your tastes.



As tomatoes contain natural sugar and they feature in this recipe, if you eat a lot of them you could be pushing your carb limit. BBQ sauce therefore is always going to be a little higher in carbs because of the tomato content. Because this is a condiment though and served on the side, you will be hard pressed to consume a high amount of carbs. If you had 1 tablespoon or 1 serve of this delicious sauce, it contains less than 1 net carb. This is a lot less than the amount you would consume by using a store bought sugar laden brand and also a lot healthier minus the sugar and additives.



Because this sauce is cooked off and vinegar is used, it helps your sauce to last longer. If you blitz it and use it fresh, it may not last quite so long in the fridge. Sauce should remain fresh in an airtight jar in the fridge for about two weeks. The recipe also freezes really well, so make it in batches to defrost for another time.


Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:25 minutes

Servings: 20 serves


  • 1 cup sugar free tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • tablespoons apple cider vinegar or vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons monk fruit or alternative sweetener, coconut sugar or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ¼-½ teaspoons cayenne powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Whisk all ingredients together. To thicken sauce, heat in a small saucepan on a low heat for about 20 minutes.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Suitable for freezing.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have the time you can just blitz this sauce and not cook it. The sauce won't be quite as rich and thick. 

If you don't have Sugar Free Tomato Sauce, switch for tomato passata. but note that the recipe won't be quite as rich as it would be by using tomato sauce.

As the recipe doesn't use any emulsifiers, it may separates slightly.  Just whisk it slightly to bring it back together. 


Nutritional Information

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fiber: 1g
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