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Low Carb Rib Rub

You’ll never do ribs the same again, whether eating a LCHF lifestyle or not, these ribs are  seriously drool worthy!

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Oh boy do I ever LOVE ribs. They are one of my very favourite food groups… Yes, I totally classify ribs as a food group… An essential one that should most definitely be eaten every single day.

I am a true believer in low and slow cooked ribs. The way they just fall off the bone? Mouth-watering. I used to cook them in my oven all day long before switching to the slow cooker! Either way works well with this Low Carb Rib Rub, I will show you how to do both!

This Low Carb Rib Rub is seriously SO GOOD! Feed it to your non low-carbers and they will never know these are low carb. Seriously! The only ingredient I had to switch out from my regular Frickin’ Ridick Rib Rub was the brown sugar, which I replaced with Sukrin Gold. I’m super impressed with the flavour, as I am SUPER picky about my sweeteners.

I hope you love this Low Carb Rib Rub as much as I do!

Give this Low Carb Rib Rub recipe a try for insanely flavourful ribs with a mild kick!

How to Make a Low Carb Rib Rub

Low Carb Rib Rub is super easy to make and besides the ribs, is only nine ingredients.

Simply add the ingredients to a bowl and mix well!

What is in a Low Carb Rib Rub

This particular low carb rib rub was created after one of my favourite creations yet: Frickin’ Ridick Rib Rub… I switched out the brown sugar for sukrin gold, a brown sugar replacement!

Low Carb Rib Rub has garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chilli powder, sukrin gold, salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne. Delicious.

Give this Low Carb Rib Rub recipe a try for insanely flavourful ribs with a mild kick!

How to cook ribs in the slow cooker

I love this way of cooking ribs because I feel much more comfortable leaving the slow cooker on all day when I am not home than leaving the oven on!

Start by mixing up the Low Carb Rib Rub in a small bowl, then cut the ribs into sections that will fit well in the slow cooker. Turn them over and slice gashes in the membrane of the back of the racks to allow the rib rub to penetrate better.

Cover the front, back and edges of the ribs with the rub, using the entire batch. No, trust me, it is not too much rib rub!

Place the ribs inside the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours. An hour before they are ready, drench the ribs in your favourite low carb barbecue sauce.

If you want a barbecued flavour, you can gently place them on a foil lined barbecue safe baking sheet and barbecue for five minutes. Careful, these beauties easily fall off the bone!

Give this Low Carb Rib Rub recipe a try for insanely flavourful ribs with a mild kick!

How to bake ribs in the oven

Line a baking sheet with tin foil, spray with cooking oil and heat the oven to 250°.

Mix the Low Carb Rib Rub together in a small bowl and set aside. Turn them over and slice gashes in the membrane of the back of the racks to allow the rib rub to penetrate better.

Massage the entire batch of Low Carb Rib Rub into the ribs, covering the front, backs and edges. Lay on the baking sheets and bake for 4-5 hours.

Smother with your favourite Low Carb Barbecue Sauce and either broil on low until the sauce has caramelized or barbecue for five minutes.

Low Carb Barbecue Sauce

One of my greatest flaws? I am soooo picky when it comes to barbecue sauce. There are very few barbecue sauces I love, but the ones I do, I am ALL IN.

The trouble began when I started a low carb lifestyle. Obviously barbecue sauce is out because of how much sugar is added. I tried a few store bought sauces but they were so terrible I couldn’t even eat my meal.

So began the daunting task of creating my own! I honestly thought it would take YEARS to create one that lived up to my expectations, but thanks to Liquid Hickory Smoke I nailed it right away.

I am a firm believer in less is more and using ingredients that are as natural as possible, so this Low Carb Barbecue Sauce may be a bit more basic that others, however it is SOOOO GOOD!

My Low Carb BBQ Sauce has onion, garlic, chilli powder, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, sukrin gold, Worcestershire, dijon, freshly squeezed lemon juice and liquid hickory smoke!

Of course you can use whatever sugar free barbecue sauce YOU love, but if you are in the market for a new one, you can check out my Low Carb BBQ Sauce recipe!

Try this deliciously Low Carb BBQ Sauce for a guilt free treat that's crazy flavourful yet mildly spicy.

Low carb side dishes to pair with these ribs

I could just eat an entire batch of ribs and be completely satisfied 😀 But I suppose that isn’t the best practice. Here are a few low carb side kicks to serve with these ribs!

Cauliflower Potato Salad

Mama Bear’s Garden Salad

Avocado Fries with Chipotle Mayo

Kale Caesar Salad

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Give this Low Carb Rib Rub recipe a try for insanely flavourful ribs with a mild kick!

Low Carb Rib Rub

Give this Low Carb Rib Rub recipe a try for insanely flavourful ribs with a mild kick!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Aleta


Rib Rub

  • 1.5 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4-1 tsp cayenne powder *see notes
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp sukrin gold sweetener




  • Combine the rib rub ingredients in a small bowl and mix well, then set aside.
  • Cut the ribs into sections that can easily fit into the slow cooker, then flip over and cut gashes into the back of the ribs.
  • Massage the entire batch of rib rub into the front, back and edges of the ribs, then place into the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours. One hour before the cooking time is compete, brush on your favourite low carb bbq sauce. Enjoy!


*adjust the amount of cayenne you add depending on the spice level you like. I like only a little spice so I add 1/2 tsp. 


Calories: 485kcal

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.   

* Net carb count excludes both fibre and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. For 1/4 recipe not including barbecue sauce: Calories: 484  Net Carbs: 4  Protein:  37  Fat: 36


  1. 4 stars
    I love your rub and sauce. I am also very fond of ribs, especially slow cooked. I have even started them in a pressure cooker the finished them on the BBQ. Your sauce looks so good I had to get a napkin to wipe off my chin. Well done and cudos for the low carb factor!

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