Baby Back Ribs

It’s summertime, which means it’s the season for tank tops, cold beers, and charcoal grills. For all of our fellow barbecuers, here is a great way to fire up some baby back ribs!’


The first step is to figure out what kind of ribs you want to make – sweet, spicy, cajun… or whatever. Gather your spices, mix them in a bowl, and rub them onto the ribs.

Something you might want to try is Mrs. Dash’s seasonings. ALL of them are sodium free for all of my heart conscious athletes. They taste delicious, and you wouldn’t even know that they lack salt! However, salt pulls the spices deep into the meat and helps retain moisture while cooking. So, just be conscious of that!

Marking Your Territory

After you put your dry seasoning on, throw your ribs on your smoking hot grill – literally. You want your grill to be extremely hot and mark them, giving them a rich smokey flavor. Shouldn’t cook for too long, maybe a few minutes on each side; just long enough to smoke them and mark them.

Braise Them as Your Own

Place your ribs in a deep pan with vegetable stock. The vegetable stock will help your ribs from drying out, while also maintaining all that flavor we know and love. Then you braise them in the oven for about an hour and a half to an hour and forty five minutes.

The Sauce

When you take them out of the oven, put them on a separate sheet pan. Here, you want to re-season your ribs, and add your BBQ sauce. I definitely recommend using Mrs. Dash as your seasoning, or leaving salt out of your mix because of the sodium in the vegetable stock. However, if this sort of thing doesn’t bother you, than don’t mind my suggestion.

As for BBQ sauce, it all comes down to choice. Sometimes, I make and bottle my own so that I know what I’m consuming and can adjust the flavor to my liking. However, if you don’t have that kind of time, will, or boredom, I suggest using a Walden Farms sauce. Here is a link to what these products are. They’re great for diets because they contain 0 calories, 0 fat, and 0 carbs. Too good to be true, right?

After you sprinkle your seasonings and lather your sauce onto those seductive ribs, it’s time to reheat. Either throw them back on the grill or back into the oven until they’re hot enough to serve.


That’s it. Eat the damn things, and thank me for the recipe when you wake up from your food coma. Enjoy.


About Nick

Nick Levato has been involved with the fitness community for over 8 years. Not only is he a Certified Personal Trainer but, has also been trained in martial arts. Nick has overseen the training of many individuals spanning all ages and fitness goals; and experimented most diets; for competitions, cutting, vegetarian, and general diets to coincide with weight training at the time. In addition to training on an individual level, Nick has also taught many group classes. He takes pride in pushing himself to his limits in the gym and in his everyday life.

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