Ribs with a crispy, crackly delicious coating, slow cooked to tender perfect? Yes, please!

This no sugar added rib rub recipe will give your ribs a delicious flavor without adding extra sugar. They are great without barbecue sauce for a delightful healthy, Paleo meal. Or, use this rub then add the barbecue sauce of your choice to the final step of cooking. Either way, each bite will have amazing flavor.

No Sugar Rib Rub Recipe

I make my ribs in my Instant Pot, and now that I’ve started doing it this way I won’t go back to any other method. Get directions here: Fast and Easy Instant Pot Ribs Recipe

Note: if you are in a hurry, you can purchase rib rub here: Rib Rub

No Sugar Rib Rub Recipe
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No Sugar Rib Rub Recipe

This no sugar rib rub recipe comes together quickly and gives your pork or beef ribs amazing flavor, without the calories of extra sugar. This adds extra flavor without distracting from the meat.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Sara Borgstede


  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 4 T dry mustard
  • 2 T onion powder
  • 2 T garlic powder
  • 2 T basil
  • 3 tsp ground red pepper optional
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1 T black pepper
  • 1 T salt


  • Combine all ingredients in an air-tight container. When applying, generously season each side of ribs and rub into meat with fingers.

No Sugar Rib Rub

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