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The Best Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

One of my favorite things to do when the weather starts warming up is smoking my favorite meats on my Traeger Grill. I love waking up early on Saturday morning and throwing some meat on the smoker to cook all day. My Smoked Baby Back Ribs recipe is Whole30, Keto and Paleo compliant.

I really enjoy being in the kitchen creating new recipes, but I equally love something easy. My Traeger does all the hard work for me and delivers amazing meals. It gives me some much needed extra time with the family.

These bad boys are fall-off-the-bone tender and extremely juicy and satisfying. Also, my homemade dry rub is extremely simple and doesn’t include any kind of sugar or sweetener. This rub can honestly be used on pork chops or even chicken.

I grew up close to Memphis TN, so we take our BBQ very seriously. Anytime I make something on the Traeger, I always serve it with fresh pickles, homemade BBQ sauce, and thinly sliced white onions. I am certain that this is a southern thing across the board!

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I usually prefer my these with a dry rub and not slathered in BBQ sauce. However, I have found that my homemade Whole30 compliant BBQ sauce adds great flavor on top of the dry rub. While it is perfect without adding any additional BBQ sauce, this does give it an additional flavor that spices it up a bit.

BBQ Sauce

Can I make a big batch of the dry rub and the BBQ sauce?

Yes! Feel free to double or triple the batch. The recipe below is enough to cover the slabs with a pretty thick layer. If I want to keep some on hand so it’s easy to grab, I will make a triple batch and store in my Weck Jars.

As far as my homemade BBQ sauce, I usually say it will last in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. It is a great condiment to have on hand to spice up any protein option during the week. Click here for my homemade BBQ recipe.

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Traeger Grill Pro Series 574

What pellets are the best to use for smoking?

Depending on the meat you are cooking will depend on what pellets you will use. When cooking pork, I always use cherry pellets and find that it gives pork an incredible flavor. If you are unsure of what pellets to choose, click here to see chart Traeger has that breaks down their pellets and how to use them.

Cherry Pellets

What if I don’t have a Traeger, can I cook these ribs in the oven?

Absolutely! I have a great oven recipe that I have included in the instruction below. Although the oven method is tasty, I still highly suggest splurging and investing on a Traeger Grill. It will change your BBQ game.

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Fall-off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs


  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2.5 hours
  • Total Time: 58 minute
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Description

These ribs are fall-off-the-bone amazing. They are juicy with every bite and will leave you wanting more. These are Whole30, Paleo, Keto and Gluten-Free.


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Ingredients

Ribs

  • 2 slabs Baby Back Ribs
  • 1/2 cup apple juice ((no sugar added))
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos

Rib Rub

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper ((cut to ½ tsp if you don’t like it spicy))
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions

Traeger Smoker Method

  1. Combine all the dry rub ingredients in mixing bowl. Mix together until combined.
  2. Add the apple juice and coconut aminos to a bowl and mix together. Brush half of the juice mixture all over the ribs, front and back. (Leave the remaining juice for later)
  3. Once juice is on, sprinkle both sides liberally with the rub mixture. ( I leave some extra for later)
  4. The following is how Traeger recommends to cook the ribs: Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until a fire is established (4-5 minutes). Turn temperature to 275 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes. Place ribs on grill; close lid and cook for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove the ribs from the grill and place them bone side down on a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil. Pour the rest of the juice mixture over the ribs. Sprinkle a little more of the spices over the ribs. Wrap up the ribs completely with the foil and seal the edges.
  6. Return the ribs to the grill and cook for 1 hour. Remove the ribs from the foil and place directly on the grill grate. Turn the heat up to 350 degrees F and cook for 30 additional minutes.
  7. Remove ribs from grill and let rest 10 minutes. Serve with my homemade BBQ sauce, pickles, and onions.

Oven Method

  1. Preheat oven to 250 F. Cover a baking pan with heavy duty aluminium foil.
  2. Combine all the dry rub ingredients in mixing bowl. Mix together until combined.
  3. Add the apple juice and coconut aminos to a bowl and ix together. Brush half of the juice mixture all over the ribs, front and back. (Leave the remaining juice for later). Once juice is on the ribs, sprinkle both sides liberally with the rub mixture. (Leave some extra for later).
  4. Add the both slabs of ribs onto the pan bone side down. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours depending on the size of your ribs. Remove the ribs halfway and add a little more juice along with seasoning.
  5. Remove from grill and let rest 10 minutes. Serve with my homemade BBQ sauce, pickles, and onions.

Notes

 CLICK HERE for my homemade Whole30 BBQ Sauce

Cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your ribs. 

You may or may not use all of the seasoning. This will vary in how much seasoning you like on your ribs. 

Comments (2)

  • These are fabulous.. do you think they would work on the instant pot & then a quick grill under the flames ??

    Reply
    • Oh my gosh, yes! That would be amazing.

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