Looking for a dry rub for ribs? Want ribs with a crispy, crackly delicious coating, slow-cooked to tender perfect? Yes, please!! This Sugar Free Rib Rub Recipe makes these ribs turn out drool-worthy!
This Sugar Free 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. This is a great paleo rib rub! 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.
Updated March 2023 for Weight Watchers Points.
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What Do You Season Ribs With?
Sugar Free Dry Rub
Dry rubs are one of our favorite ways to season ribs! You can make your own recipe or use our Sugar Free Rib Rub Recip below!
Most dry rubs have some of the following ingredients…
Herbs and Spices: Including a different variety of herbs and spices is something to play with and while the seasonings may taste intense on their own, once they’ve melded into the meat add just the right amount of flavor and heat.
Herbs and spices to use in your dry rub:
- Dark brown sugar (or go sugar free)
- Ground black pepper
- Chile powder
- Garlic powder
- Dry mustard
- Kosher salt
- Cayenne pepper for heat
What Do You Put On Ribs?
Hey Grill Hey says this, “Let’s talk about the building blocks of a good rib rub. I think the best rib rubs start with sugar as a base. Pork and sweet were just made to go together. From there, you’ll see recipes with salt and pepper plus a mix of things that are custom to each pitmaster. I like to add in smoked paprika for a boost of wood fired flavor as well as a gorgeous red color that pops. Onion and garlic are classic flavor enhancers. Ground mustard ends up in almost all of my rubs as a punchy, almost acidic note of brightness.”
Should I Dry Rub Ribs Overnight?
If you’re planning to enjoy your ribs with purely the dry rub, overnight is best. You don’t want to go longer than overnight (10-12 hours) though. This dry rub recipe is very well salted to get that moisture-locking effect, so if it is on for too long it can dry out the meat similar to curing.
How Long Should Rub Be On Ribs Before Cooking?
We played around with different time frames and found that when we placed our ribs in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 8 hours offered the best flavor. Cover the remaining rub in an airtight container or seal in a plastic bag. Remove ribs from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking and allow to come to room temperature.
Keto Rib Rub
Because my Sugar Free Rib Rub Recipe has no added sugar this makes a great dry rub recipe for those that follow a low carb or keto way of eating!
This makes a great sugar free pork rub and a dry rub for beef ribs. Whichever you prefer, we’ve tried it on both and enjoyed this sugar free rib rub recipe on both types of meat. This recipe is the best sugar free dry rub for ribs that we have tried!
Sugar Free Rib Rub
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. When reading through lists of favorite reasons why people love the Instant Pot, Instant Pot ribs recipes often come up in the top 5. People are a bit obsessed with making pork or beef ribs in their Instant Pot Pressure cookers, and now that I’ve done it myself, I understand the reason. This Fast and Easy Instant Pot Ribs Recipe produces amazing ribs that are moist and fall-off-the-bone tender, in a quarter of the time it would take making ribs a traditional way. My sugar free rub recipe makes these Instant Pot Ribs over the top amazing!
Note: if you are in a hurry, you can purchase rib rub here: Rib Rub
Dry Rub For Ribs No Sugar
Sugar Free Rib Rub Recipe
- 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.
What is your favorite dry rub for ribs? What do you prefer on your ribs, a dry rib rub or a bbq sauce? Let us know in the comments below!
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