These Whole30 BBQ Ribs are fall off the bone tender! The flavorful meat is melt in your mouth delicious. These hearty and savory Paleo Ribs are made in the oven. They are easy, healthy and smothered in BBQ sauce!

A plate of Whole30 ribs with dry rub and BBQ sauce

These ribs are the perfect Fourth of July or backyard barbecue recipe! In addition, they are always a huge hit with family and friends. Check out my Dutch Oven Ribs are another delicious option!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Ribs can be made made by smoking, grilling or baking. Here is why this recipe is the best:

  • These ribs fall off the bone.
  • They are not dry.
  • These Whole30 ribs are made with a simple dry rub, Whole30 BBQ sauce, and ribs. No complicated or hard to find ingredients needed.
  • These Whole30 ribs are hearty, savory, and filling.
  • This recipe is Whole30, Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free.
Rack of Paleo BBQ ribs

Recipe Steps

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a small bowl, combine coconut sugar and seasonings.

Step 3

Remove ribs from plastic casing. Pat dry with paper towels.

Step 4

Next, rub dry seasonings all over both sides of ribs.

Step 5

Bake for 3.5 to 4 hours. Then, turn oven OFF and allow ribs to stay in oven for another 1 hour.

Step 6

After 1 hour, brush BBQ sauce all over ribs. Then, broil or grill for 5 minutes to caramelize the sauce.

Step 7

Finally, remove from oven and serve.

Expert Tips

  • Cut ribs in half if they hang off the edge of the baking sheet. Place racks side by side on sheet.
  • Fully rub dry seasonings all over both sides of the ribs.
  • Buy ribs that are meaty and thick for best results.
  • Broiling or grilling ribs after they’re done cooking helps to caramelize the BBQ sauce.
Whole30 ribs with BBQ sauce on white plate

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat ribs on Whole30?

Yes, you can eat ribs on Whole30. Most traditional recipes contain added sugar, but this recipe is Whole30 approved.

What is the best dry rub for ribs?

This easy and simple dry rub is best.

How do I know when ribs are done?

Ribs are done when they are flexible and bendy. To check this, hold up one end of the ribs with tongs. If the bottom half slightly curves and bends toward the ground, they are done.

Which BBQ sauces are Whole30 compliant?

There are several brands of BBQ sauce that are Whole30 compliant. My two favorites include The New Primal Smoky BBQ and Primal Kitchen Foods.

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A plate of Whole30 ribs with dry rub and BBQ sauce

Get the Recipe: Whole30 BBQ Ribs in the Oven

These Whole30 BBQ Ribs are fall off the bone tender! They are slow cooked in an oven for the most delicious flavor. A simple healthy dry rub elevates these ribs!
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  • First, preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a small bowl, combine all seasonings and date sugar.
  • Remove ribs from plastic casing and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. If ribs hang over edge of sheet, cut them in half and place 2 racks side by side on baking sheet.
  • Pat ribs dry with a paper towel. Rub seasonings all over both sides of ribs.
  • Then, bake meat side up (bone side down) for 3.5 to 4 hours, until ribs are tender. Turn off oven but keep ribs in oven.
  • Keep ribs in oven for 1 hour with oven heat turned off.
  • After 1 hour, brush on BBQ sauce to both sides of ribs. Broil in oven for 5 minutes or move to grill and grill for 5 minutes to caramelize sauce.
  • Finally, remove from heat and serve.


  • If rack of ribs is longer than baking sheet, cut ribs in half.  Place 2 racks side by side on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Rub seasonings all over both sides of ribs.
  • Bake in oven with meat side up and bone side down.  Do not flip.
  • After the initial baking time, turn oven OFF but keep ribs in oven.  This keeps the ribs extra tender.
  • At this point, ribs should be fall off the bone tender.
  • Brush BBQ sauce on and either broil or grill for 5 minutes to allow sauce to caramelize.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, place ribs on lined baking sheet.  Cook at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 to 8 minutes or so, until warmed.
  • Omit sugar for Whole30.
Calories: 191kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 757mg, Potassium: 227mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 200IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 1mg

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