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Spicy Barbecue Boneless Ribs

Spicy Barbecue Boneless Ribs. A lower fat, much quicker cooking, and totally delicious alternative to traditional ribs using pork tenderloin. A terrific last minute alternative to ribs for game day parties like the Super Bowl celebrations!

Barbecue Boneless Ribs

Barbecue Boneless Ribs

So what are boneless barbecue ribs you’re probably asking. I got the idea on a cooking show last week to use pork tenderloin that has been pounded flat and cut into strips as “boneless ribs”.

I used my own version of a dry rub on the pork and let it sit all day in the fridge before quickly grilling the pork and slathering on homemade BBQ sauce in the last minute of cooking time. The dry rub is also used to flavour the barbecue sauce. 

I was very pleasantly surprised by the result. These barbecue boneless ribs are a great quick alternative to slow cooked ribs with the added bonus of being much lower in fat without sacrificing intense BBQ flavour.

Besides being a quick workday dinner idea, these would also make great party finger food or a fantastic bring-along dish for your next pot luck.

Barbecue Boneless Ribs

Barbecue Boneless Ribs

You might also like to try our Honey Garlic Boneless Ribs!

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Spicy Barbecue Boneless Ribs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Spicy Barbecue "Boneless Ribs" - a lower fat, much quicker cooking, and totally delicious alternative to traditional ribs using pork tenderloin.
Course: BBQ/Grilling
Servings: 3 lbs boneless ribs
Author: Barry C. Parsons
  • 3 lbs pork tenderloin
For the Dry Rub (Mix all ingredients together until very well combined)
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • 3 tbsp powdered ginger
  • 3 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp crushed chili flakes more or less to taste
For the Sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups plain tomato sauce
  • 6 tbsp reserved dry rub
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  1. Place the tenderloin on a large cutting board. cover with a couple of layers of plastic wrap and using a meat mallet or other heavy object (my marble rolling pin works great) pound the tenderloin to about a half inch thickness and then cut it into 1 inch wide strips.
  2. Reserve 6 tbsp of the dry rub to use in the barbeque sauce.
  3. Toss the pork strips in the dry rub so that they are completely covered in the rub. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  4. Grill over high heat for only a couple of minutes per side. Brush both sides of the ribs with barbeque sauce and cook for an additional minute or two. Let the ribs rest for a few minutes before serving with additional BBQ sauce for dipping.
To prepare the BBQ Sauce
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat add the garlic and olive oil.
  2. Stir over medium heat for a minute to soften the garlic.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients for the sauce.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes over low heat or until the sauce reaches a thick crushable consistency.
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Thursday 10th of May 2012

Excellent. My party said they were the best "ribs" they've ever had. Thanks!


Saturday 3rd of December 2011

Thanks for a great healthy low fat recipe Low Fat, Easy weight loss tips

Jenny Steffens

Tuesday 28th of June 2011

These look great! I also posted my own BBQ ribs on my blog :

I hope you get a chance to stop by!



Sunday 30th of January 2011

This recipe is a wonderful compromise for my husband and I - he loves ribs, I love pork tenderloin! The spices you used for the rub sound delicious... I will have to make these soon.


Sunday 30th of January 2011

wow! These ribs look super tasty!! I'm beginning to feel hungry now.. Wish I had them right here right now! :))And hey, greets from BFC!

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