Country Style Pork Ribs with Sugar Free Barbecue Rub

I have to admit: I love barbecue. It is something that I have sorely missed since going Paleo. I am in the process of finding a good barbecue sauce recipe for my teenager because she simply adores barbecue sauce. I had my fiance take me to get barbecue over the weekend because he knew of a restaurant that served barbecue without the sauce all over it, and I was really craving barbecue. Pretty much any sauce out there has sugar in it, which makes it off limits for me.

I found this recipe for a sugar free barbecue rub and decided to try it. I found that the rub has way too much salt! I used to use Emeril’s rib rub and used it very liberally on ribs. So the first time I used the barbecue rub I used it just as liberally as I always used the Emeril’s. I almost ruined the chicken that I tried the rub on.

So I decided to modify the recipe for the ribs, because if there is one thing I don’t want, it is ruined ribs. I had used about half of the rub that I had made, and I added the ingredients for another batch, minus the salt. The results were so phenomenal that I decided to share it with everyone.

Country Style Pork Ribs with Barbecue Rub

The rub:

4 tbsp smoked paprika

2 tbsp black pepper

2 tbsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp celery seed

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp salt

Coat the pork ribs in olive oil and apply the barbecue rub liberally over the ribs. Let the ribs sit in the rub with the oil in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Heat the oven to 350 degrees, put the ribs in a metal baking dish, and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for two hours – and then enjoy!