Barbecue Ribs


Now Eat This!

Published by Ballantine Books

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

I love these ribs--they’re better than real BBO for two reasons: (1) They ring in at one-third the calories and fat of the original, and (2) you can make them easily at home in your oven and enjoy BBO even when it’s raining, or too hot, or too cold, or the mosquitoes are out in droves.


Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 2 hours

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, healthy, lactose-free, low carb, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free


Taste and Texturegarlicky, meaty, savory, smoky, sweet, tangy


  • 1 rack baby back ribs (1½ to 1¾ pounds), trimmed of all visible fat
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke, such as Stubb’s
  • ¾ cup reduced-sugar ketchup, such as Heinz
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, roughly chopped
  • 12 garlic cloves, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat, the oven to 425°F. Lay a 2-foot-long piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet, and set it aside.

  2. Cut the rib rack in half; season it generously with salt and pepper. Place the ribs on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the paprika, liquid smoke, ketchup, and red wine vinegar. Pour the sauce over the meat, turning to coat it completely. Scatter the onions and garlic over the sauce. Place another piece of foil on top, and fold up the edges of the foil to make a tightly sealed package. Roast the ribs for 30 minutes.

  4. Reduce the heat to 275°F, and bake until the meat is tender, about 1 hour.

  5. Slicing in between the bones, cut the ribs into 4 portions, and serve.


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I can see where these ribs are much less fattening than the traditional BBQ rib recipes you often find on the web. I love that you use spices to give the meat more flavor while keeping the calories at the lowest possible level. The idea is excellent for those of us on a strict fat or calorie diet.

very easy ---very good.


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