Lemon BBQ Ribs (GF/DF)

These will quickly become one of your favorite recipes for ribs! The lemon is super subtle and the sauce is not too thick. Also, this can be done early in the day or the day before leaving you time to socialize with your friends or relax!

While we don’t eat ribs very often, I love cooking ribs for a special occasion or party because they are a great value when you make them yourself. We served this with spicy rainbow slaw and french fries, but they can be served with any sides.


Lemon BBQ Ribs (GF/DF)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, ribs
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 6 hours
Servings: 4
Calories: 4037kcal
The subtle taste of lemon in these BBQ ribs will make this one of your favorite recipes
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  • 3 pounds pork spareribs, cut into serving pieces
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 lemons
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash hot sauce


  • Place the ribs in a stock pot and add enough water to cover.  Heat to boiling, then reduce the heat to low.  Cover and simmer 1 hour and 30 minutes or until tender. 
  • Meanwhile, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. As soon as sugar has dissolved (after boiling), remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • While the simple syrup is cooling, juice the lemons until you have 3/4 cups of juice. Strain out the seeds and as much pulp as you wish. Add the juice to the simple syrup and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, onion, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce and set aside.
  • Remove the ribs to a baking dish.  Mix the lemon mixture into the barbecue sauce.  Pour half of the sauce over the ribs, turning to coat.  Cover with foil and refrigerate, turning the ribs occasionally, at least 4 hours but no longer than 24 hours.  Refrigerate the remaining sauce.
  • Heat a grill for direct heat.  Remove the pork from the marinade, discarding the marinade.  Grill the ribs, meaty-sides up, uncovered about 30 minutes, turning with tongs and brushing frequently with the reserved sauce, until glazed and heated through. 


8-qt. (7.6-L) Brilliance Nonstick Stock Pot  2-qt. (1.9-L) Brilliance Nonstick Sauce Pan  Grilling Tool Set  Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill
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Serving: 4g | Calories: 4037kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 216.9g | Fat: 324.5g | Cholesterol: 1080mg | Sodium: 1287mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 48.4g | Calcium: 500mg | Iron: 13mg

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With having to shift my diet to gluten-free and dairy-free, I’m excited to share what I’m cooking in hopes it will help you lead a healthier lifestyle while at the same time offering LOTS of flavor! While not every post will be GF/DF, I promise healthier versions of your favorites. Disclaimer: Slice, Dice & Dish is not an official Pampered Chef blog/website. Pampered Chef is not involved in any way with this blog. To learn more about what I offer through Pampered Chef and to shop my kitchen, please visit my Pampered Chef website at: www.pamperedchef.biz/colleenfinley

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