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Healthy Dry Rub for Ribs

Winter is thawing out and that means it’s time to get the grill out. My hubby loves ribs, so we are making easy healthy dry rub for ribs that will transform your ribs! 

Looking for a healthy dry rub for ribs that is both gluten-free and paleo-friendly? This recipe combines a perfect blend of spices to enhance the natural flavors of the meat without any added sugars or preservatives.


This gluten-free, paleo-friendly healthy dry rub for ribs is made with a mix of natural herbs and spices, providing a mouth-watering taste that’s both wholesome and satisfying.

Ribs with Paleo Rub

Ribs couldn’t be easier and the rub is always a must! It gives the meat that amazing flavor you want when grilling! 

Paleo Rib Rub PIN


When creating a rub for my ribs, I knew I wanted to keep it super healthy! I used my favorite spices and seasonings that would blend together wonderfully and still be a healthy, paleo, grain free, and gluten free recipe. This rub is delish! The rub makes enough for 2 racks of ribs. If you only make one rack you can save half of the rub for next time!

You can easily keep this entire meal Paleo by serving it with Roasted Red Potatoes and a simple side salad. However, we wanted to get into the grilling season mood, so I added Garlic Corn on the Cob, from scratch baked beans, and of course a Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce to dip the ribs in. It was literally the epitome of summer flavors all on one plate.

I haven’t cooked a lot of ribs in my lifetime, but this recipe makes it incredibly easy because they are tender and delicious. The ribs were so incredibly easy to throw together.


We were thrilled with this meal. The entire family loved it, even the kids. We are excited for warm weather to come, so that we can make these again. You can definitely feed a crowd with a few racks of them too.



BBQ Ribs with Paleo Rub

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 431kcal

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  • ¼ Cup Chili Powder
  • 2 TBSP. Cumin
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 TBSP. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 TBSP. Onion Powder
  • 3 TBSP. Granulated Garlic
  • 3 TBSP. Sea Salt
  • 2 TBSP. Thyme
  • 2 Racks Tender Pork Back Ribs

Spicy Maple Dipping Sauce

  • 1 Cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Chili Flakes
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 5-7 shakes of Tabasco
  • 2 TBSP. Maple Syrup


  • In a bowl add all of the dry rib ingredients and whisk them together. 
  • Rub both sides of the ribs generously. Cook according to Smithfield® package directions. Our ribs slow cooked for about 1 hr 15 minutes.

Spicy Maple Dipping Sauce

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and blend. Dip your ribs for a delicious and sweet, yet spicy sauce.


We enjoyed this with some Garlic Corn on the Cob, Roasted Red Potatoes and Baked Beans.


Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 3680mg | Potassium: 924mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 6262IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 9mg
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This recipe was oroginally posted in April 2018. It was updated and re-posted in May 2024.

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