Printer icon

Barbecued St. Louis Style Ribs

Barbecued St. Louis Style Ribs Recipe

When you have a little more time to prepare for dinner and are looking for a recipe that can serve a larger group, nothing quite beats a savory ribs recipe. Although these dishes take a little more time to cook, the benefit is that most of the time is taken up by the hours required for baking in a low temperature oven. When you’ll really need to dedicate your attention to ribs is when they are ready for grilling, which can take just a few minutes on an outdoor or indoor grill. Recipes like this St. Louis style ribs dish are awesome for evenings when you want to impress your diners by showing off your grilling skills, but don’t want to spend all of your time doing so.

This recipe differs from other grilled ribs dishes with the special St. Louis spice blend that you’ll be rubbing on prior to baking your dish. But, the fun part of ribs, of course, is the slather of barbecue sauce. Since mainstream barbecue sauces are by and large non-Paleo, you’ll be making this sauce yourself. One of the largest components of this sauce is the homemade ketchup – it’s a great idea to prep batches of this in advance to save for recipes in the future (we like portioning these by cups and freezing if you don’t foresee using up all of it in a week or so).

For a great side, try pairing this dish with a quick and easy vegetable skewer that can cook while your ribs are on the grill. You can create skewers from pretty much any veggies you have on hand and season with salt and pepper; or, try a different idea like these zesty grilled sweet potatoes.

Barbecued St. Louis Style Ribs Recipe

Serves: 8Prep: 20 minCook: 4 h

Protein: 47g / %

Carbs: 31g / %

Fat: 57g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.

Add to Meal Plan  


  • 3 to 4 lbs. St. Louis Ribs (spare ribs), membrane removed
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 cups homemade ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. old fashioned mustard
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Ribs Preparation


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. In a bowl, combine all of the spices for the ribs; then, generously rub the ribs with the spice mixture.
  3. Place the ribs on a baking sheet and cook 2 to 3 hours, covered, in the preheated oven.
  4. While the ribs are cooking, add all of the ingredients for the bbq sauce in a saucepan, and bring to a light boil; then, lower heat to low and simmer 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  6. Brush the ribs generously with the barbecue sauce and place on the grill.
  7. Grill the ribs 10 to 15 minutes, turning every 2 to 4 minutes and brushing with additional barbecue sauce.
  8. Let the ribs rest 4 to 5 minutes before serving.