Keto Brown Sugar BBQ Ribs

Keto Brown Sugar BBQ Ribs

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No summer is complete without slow-cooked pork ribs. You won’t be able to stop yourself from these finger-licking good keto ribs made with a brown “sugar” BBQ sauce!

They are really that good. Juicy, tender rib meat with a crispy outside, covered with a sweet-spicy sauce that invites to more. The preparation only takes minutes and you will leave most of the work to you oven, while you can relax. Sounds like the perfect summer night dinner.

But that is not all! Not only are these keto ribs delicious, they are also super healthy! Ribs are high in fat, protein, zinc, selenium, vitamin B-5, and even choline (which is especially important during pregnancy). Who knew meat is so nutrient-dense (I bet you did!!)?

And don’t be worried about the sugar content, either. This sweet BBQ sauce is made without any added sugars! The deep, sweet flavor of brown sugar is achieved through the addition of Swerve Brown – a sugar-free, natural sweetener made with erythritol!

Ingredients for Keto Brown Sugar BBQ Ribs.

Here are a few tips to get this juicy keto dinner going!

Ribs. You can use any kind of pork ribs for this recipe: Baby back ribs, spareribs, or St. Louis-style ribs. Baby back ribs come from the loin area of the pig. They are smaller and leaner than other types of ribs. Don’t worry they don’t come from baby pigs! Spareribs and St. Louis-style ribs come from the pig’s underside, with St. Louis-style ribs having the breastbone and cartilage removed. They are larger than baby back ribs and take a little longer to cook.

They are all great choices. I order mine from ButcherBox because the sourcing is important to me. The pork from ButcherBox is humanely raised and fed an all-vegetarian diet.

Ketchup. To make the BBQ sauce as healthy as possible, see if you can buy unsweetened ketchup, like the ketchup from Primal Kitchen. At the least, stay away from ketchup that is made with high-fructose corn syrup!

No mess. To make cleanup a breeze, I use two layers of parchment paper for my baking sheet. That way I don’t need to worry about any burned sauce stuck on my sheet. Perfect!

Ready? Let’s make sweet and juicy Keto Brown Sugar BBQ Ribs!

Keto Brown Sugar BBQ Ribs right out of the oven.


Keto Brown Sugar BBQ Ribs.

Keto Brown Sugar BBQ Ribs

No summer is complete without slow-cooked pork ribs. You won't be able to stop yourself from these finger-licking good keto ribs made with a brown "sugar" BBQ sauce!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Keto
Servings 6 servings
Calories 457 kcal


  • 3 pounds pork ribs baby back, spareribs, or St. Louis-style ribs
  • salt

BBQ sauce


  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with two layers of parchment paper. Put the ribs on the sheet and generously season with salt on both sides.
  • In a small saucepan, whisk together all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce. Simmer over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes (until the sweetener is dissolved).
  • Brush the BBQ sauce all over the ribs, on both sides.
  • Bake the ribs for about 2½ hours, until they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within one week.


  1. Cooking times can slightly vary depending on the type of ribs used. Baby back ribs are smaller and need less time than spareribs or St. Louis-style ribs.
  2. Choose ketchup without any added sugar for a low-carb/keto sauce.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 457kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 25gFat: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
Keyword bbq ribs, keto bbq ribs, keto ribs
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