A rack of grilled Pork Ribs on cutting board, slathered in homemade bbq sauce

Clean Eating Barbecued Pork Ribs

Delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs are always a fabulous meal. Pair with some mashed potatoes and a side of veggies for a complete meal!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 day 40 minutes
Yield 8 servings of ribs and a scant 2 cups of sauce.
Calories 539 kcal
Author The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 lbs. pork ribs
US Customary - Metric


  1. Marinate the ribs in half the sauce (or just enough to coat them. You don't want a ton of extra sauce in there). I put mine in a zipper-top plastic bag overnight.

  2. Warm up your barbecue and place the ribs on the grill, being sure that excess sauce has been wiped away. If it drips down into the flames, the ribs will catch on fire. (Yes, I know this from personal experience)

  3. Cook the ribs until a meat thermometer reaches at least 165 F. on all parts of the ribs. Check multiple spots to be sure! You can always cut off the thinner, already done ribs if the rest of the ribs still have a ways to go. (Wish I'd thought of that!)

  4. When fully cooked, remove the ribs from the grill and place on a platter. Pour the second half of the sauce over the ribs and allow them to sit for about 10 minutes before cutting.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition Facts
Clean Eating Barbecued Pork Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 539 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 306mg13%
Potassium 857mg24%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.