Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub

Sweet Heat BBQ Ribs

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These incredible sweet heat BBQ ribs pack quite the punch while delivering a slightly sweet undertone.  Bake them in the oven or throw them on the Traeger!

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Sweet Heat BBQ Ribs

Sweet Heat BBQ Ribs

One thing we love to do in the summer is barbeque!  My kiddos devour ribs without even chewing them it seems.

Summer is upon us (or at least it is as I write this) and so starts RIBS season.

We eat all kinds of ribs.  Pork ribs are probably my favorite.

Now, what I can’t tell you is whether I like the dry rub or a sauce better.  I think they each have their own time and place.  As well as their own place on the taste buds!

For these ribs, we chose a dry rub.  Way fewer napkins that way, too!

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Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub

Ribs are so versatile!  You can bake them, smoke them, grill crock pot and even make them in the Instant Pot (WHAT???)!  Don’t believe me, check out these Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs and these crock pot pork ribs!  YUMMY!

Can I eat sweet heat spice rub on the keto diet?

You most certainly can!  BUT, all sweet heat spice rubs are different.  My recipe for sweet heat BBQ spice rub is 100% delicious AND keto!  It has basically 0 net carbs per 1 tablespoon.

What is sweet heat BBQ spice rub?

You are in for a treat if you don’t know what sweet heat is!  There are many different varieties out there, and this is our spin on what WE feel is the best keto sweet heat BBQ spice rub!

So what’s in it?  Well, here are the ingredients we used:

Lakanto Monkfruit

ginger powder

Italian Seasoning



garlic salt



sea salt



If that isn’t just the perfect line up to make an amazing sweet heat BBQ spice that I don’t know what is!

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How do I cook ribs?

As we talked about, there are a TON of ways to make them.  I think my favorite way is to slow cook them on the Traeger.  BUT, we were out of pellets so we made them the second best way and that is slowly in the oven.

Lining a baking sheet with aluminum is very important.  Unless you have baking sheets dedicated to ribs and you LOVE a difficult cleanup, then certainly skip this step!

But for the rest of us, line the baking sheet.  In fact, DOUBLE line it!

Then, generously sprinkle the sweet heat spice on these delicious keto ribs.

And then sit back and let the magic happen!

We baked them for about 3 hours on 280 and they turned out perfect.

The meat just fell off the bone and the flavor was spot on!


Are there carbs in ribs?

NO!  Woop woop!  You get some fat and protein without the carbs!

What can I eat with sweet heat BBQ ribs?


You might especially enjoy this keto Brussels Sprouts Casserole or this low carb homemade casserole!

Enjoy these delicious ribs whether it is summer OR winter!

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Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub

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Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub

Sweet Heat BBQ Ribs

4.67 from 3 votes
Calories 39 kcal



  • Preheat oven to 280 degrees F
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place rack of ribs on baking sheet.
  • Cover ribs with sweet heat spice rub.
  • Bake for 3 hours or until fully cooked.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1Calories: 39kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 386mgFiber: 1g
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