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BBQ Ribs: 10 Summer Fitness Recipes

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BBQ ribs can be a delicious addition to your summer menu while still supporting your fitness goals. Here are ten recipes that offer healthier twists on traditional BBQ ribs.

Lean Pork Ribs

Opt for lean cuts of pork ribs, such as baby back ribs or loin ribs, to reduce saturated fat content while still enjoying the flavor and texture of BBQ ribs.

Dry Rub Seasoning

Create a flavorful dry rub using herbs and spices like paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and black pepper. Rub this mixture generously over the ribs before.

Low-Sugar BBQ Sauce

Choose a BBQ sauce that is low in sugar or make your own using ingredients like tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. This reduces the sugar.

Grilled Ribs

Grill the ribs instead of smoking or baking to minimize added fats. Grilling allows excess fat to drip away, resulting in a lighter and healthier dish.

Oven-Baked Ribs

For a tender and juicy alternative, bake the ribs in the oven at a low temperature. This method requires less added fat and results in meat that falls off the bone.

Smoked Ribs

If you prefer a smoky flavor, opt for a lighter wood like apple or cherry wood when smoking the ribs. This imparts flavor without overpowering the dish.

Side of Grilled Vegetables

Pair your BBQ ribs with a side of grilled vegetables such as corn on the cob, bell peppers, zucchini, or asparagus. Grilling vegetables enhances their natural flavors and adds.

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