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Rib Rub (Keto, GFDF, Paleo, Whole30)
July 11, 2019
Rib Rub Recipe - Ribs on a grill

We eat a ton of ribs around here! Blake is a fanatic about his ribs and he’s constantly asking me to make them so we have to have a good rib rub on-hand at all times! This time we were out of the spice blend we usually use and had to come up with a rib rub recipe on the fly. Luckily, I had just ordered some Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener and this was the perfect opportunity to try it out.

The rib rub came out great, you wouldn’t even know it was sugar-free or store-bought. The more I experiment with them, the more I really like Lakanto products. Their products are a blend of monk fruit and erythritol. They don’t have any weird aftertaste that I could pick up and are a great sugar substitute. So far, I’ve found that they behave just like sugar in every recipe I’ve tried them in.

This rib rub is so delicious you can actually skip the sauce if you’d like. The sauce is usually where we get in trouble anyway, even keto barbeque sauces have sugar and it’s easy to go overboard.

This rib rub works great in any kind of rib recipe. Whether you’re grilling ribs, using the crockpot, or instant pot, or even just making ribs in the oven. This rib rub stands up to any cooking method. Actually, you could definitely use this recipe for any kind of grilled or smoked meat.

I love to serve ribs with side dishes like coleslaw, fauxtato salad, grilled eggplant, or grilled fennel. You can also always serve them with a giant green salad.

I would love to know what you think if you mix up this rub for your next backyard barbeque! If you make use this recipe please report back in the comments.

Rib Rub Recipe - Ribs on a grill

Rib Rub (Keto, GFDF, Paleo, Whole30)

  • Author: Heather Cooan
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 12 1x


This sweet and spicy rib rub is fantastic for your summer backyard barbeques!



  • 1/3 Cup Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener
  • 1/4 Cup Paprika
  • 1 Tbs. Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbs. Salt
  • 1 Tbs. Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Cayenne


Combine all ingredients and store in an air-tight container.

  • Category: spices
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: rib rub


About author

Heather Cooan

Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition counselor, consultant, and educator. Heather is currently a Nutrition Therapist Master candidate at the Nutrition Therapy Insititute and advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and self-directed healthcare. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle interventions for improved health and wellness. Heather successfully avoided radiation and chemotherapy and healed her body of vulvar cancer utilizing a food-as-medicine approach combined with conventional interventions such as surgery. Heather has also put two autoimmune diseases into remission (Hashimotos and Lichen Sclerosus) and reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, atherosclerosis, and fatty liver through diet and lifestyle change.

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