Need a foolproof recipe for Keto Ribs Recipe in the oven? Here ya go. With a simple dry rub, you can make smokey ribs right in your oven that taste like they spent the day in a smoker.
We love our smoker and love smoked ribs, but it takes an entire day to smoke a rack of ribs, and we don't always have enough time. I wanted an easy way to get that nice smoke flavor and have tender dry rub ribs just by cooking in the oven.
Cooking the ribs slowly and in the oven is still a TON faster than smoking them. Plus, they are so tender and juicy it's hard to believe they were made in the oven. The key to making them extra gorgeous and locking in that moisture is broiling them for the last few minutes. It is a real game-changer!
Now you can make ribs in the dead of winter and not even put your shoes on to head outdoors. Talk about a HUGE win. Game days and dinner just got a whole lot more simple, and the taste is going to blow your mind.
How to Make Dry Rub for Baby Back Ribs
How to cook ribs in the oven
Top Tips For Making Keto Ribs
- When you are at the market, look for ribs that have the meat distributed pretty evenly among them. Steer clear of any that are loaded with lots of fat.
- Make sure to remove the membrane on the ribs. If you don't, they will be tough to eat and separate. Removing that membrane is a game-changer. You can take a sharp knife and press it between the membrane and the bone of the rib. Then move it around, so it begins to separate from the bone. Pull it off the rest of the way, and you are all set.
- When making ribs in the oven, you don't have to worry about them flaring up as you do in the smoker. But you want to make sure you don't overcook them.
- It's important to take your time cooking the ribs. If you attempt to toss them in the oven and cook quickly, they will be tough and chewy instead of falling apart.
- Let the ribs rest a few minutes before serving them. This helps keep the meat nice and juicy.
What to Serve with Ribs
Is It Okay To Add Barbecue Sauce?
Certainly! Don't skip the rub, and add your favorite sugar-free barbecue sauce right before you broil the keto ribs. This will give you some added flavor and make them finger-licking good. You can also dip the meat into the sauce as you are eating them as well.
What Temperature Do I Need To Cook The Ribs To?
The ribs need to be cooked to at least 145 degrees. Now, keep in mind that for most meats, I am not going to tell you to cook past the required cooking temperature, but when it comes to ribs, I am. They are way more tender and falling apart when you cook them to reach anywhere from 180 degrees to 200 degrees. This allows them to become off the bones easily and makes them more enjoyable. Typically, other meats should come out of the oven when they hit temperature, or they become dry. Ribs don't do that unless you go above 200 degrees. I highly recommend a digital thermometer, so there isn't any doubt what the temperature is.
Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs
- 4 lb baby back ribs
- ¼ cup smoked paprika rub
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 225. Rub the paprika rub on the ribs and place them on a stainless steel rack. Pour 2 cups of water and ½ cup apple cider vinegar in the tray. Bake for 3 hours uncovered on the rack.
- Remove the ribs from the oven and wrap in foil. Cook for an additional 2 hours at 225.
- Uncover the ribs, turn the heat up to 400 and bake for 1 hour.
- Optional: Broil on high for 5-10 minutes at the end to brown the ribs. Watch closely as they can burn.