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Fall Off The Bone Baby Back Ribs [Paleo and Whole30]

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So. These FALL OFF THE BONE baby back ribs were the second or third recipe I ever published to the blog! 

I recently made a video (at the bottom of this post) so I wanted to republish the recipe and give these ribs the extra love they deserve ❤

I absolutely love this method for cooking ribs because it’s foolproof and so simple. And because you cook the ribs in a foil packet, there is virtually no clean up. 🗸🗸

How to make the most tender ribs ever:

Step 1: Start with good ribs. 

I like to get antibiotic-free baby back ribs when they go on sale. Sometimes I’ll buy a couple of racks and save them for a rainy day (literally, because these ribs are made inside in the oven 😋)

Step 2: get your foil wrap on 

I’m not that great at wrapping gifts. But wrapping racks of ribs? I’m pretty pro 👍 

Take your roll of aluminum foil and get a LONG sheet. Like longer than you think. (It needs to be double the length of the ribs + some for folding over to make a seal)

Then take a baking sheet, add the foil, and drop the rack of ribs with the bone side facing down. 

Season simply with salt and pepper, and wrap the rack of ribs up like a pretty little package. Make sure it’s sealed all the way around the edges. 

Fall Off the Bone Baby Back Ribs (Paleo and Whole30)

Step 3: bake LOW and SLOW

The lower heat and longer cooking time breaks the meat down and results in the most tender ribs that fall right off the bone. 

I personally like to cook for close to 3.5 hours, and the meat separates completely from the bone (and you end up with something almost like pulled pork. It’s sooo good but also less easy to pick up and eat with your hands). 

Cutting the cooking time back to 2.5 or 3 hours gives SUPER tender ribs that stay more attached to the bone, and look more like the pictures below (the original pics from the post I published almost 4 years ago!) 



Step 4: Smother with BBQ sauce 

As soon as the ribs are done, you open up the foil package and cover with your favorite BBQ sauce. Then you stick the ribs back in the oven under broil for just 2-4 minutes.

Remove the ribs and slice them up! You can add more BBQ sauce at this point if you like your ribs extra saucy 😉

Let’s talk sauce.

BBQ sauce is a huge offender for sugar and added scary ingredients that your body doesn’t need. Check your labels, or make your own!

Lately, I’m obsessing over this super simple Whole30 BBQ sauce from The Defined Dish. It’s so easy to make and is DELISH. 

Fall Off the Bone Baby Back Ribs (Paleo and Whole30)


Ok, how easy is that? I made this little vid to show just how dang easy it is. Hope you make them, and if you do, tag me on Instagram and show me!! 

Fall Off the Bone Baby Back Ribs from Allyson Meyler on Vimeo.

Fall Off The Bone Baby Back Ribs [Paleo and Whole30]

serves 2-4 (depending on size of your rack of ribs and how hungry you are)

Fall Off The Bone Baby Back Ribs [Paleo and Whole30]


  • 1 rack of baby back ribs
  • salt and pepper
  • BBQ sauce (I used a Whole30 BBQ sauce from The Defined Dish)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Tear a LONG strip of aluminum foil and add the ribs along with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, folding the aluminum over and pinching the sides together to form a foil envelope around the ribs (see video).
  3. Bake the ribs for 2.5-3.5 hours. The longer you cook the ribs, the more "fall-off-the-bone" they will be. The ribs in the video cooked for 3.5 hours and the meat falls completely off the bone. If you want the meat to stick to the bones a bit more, cook for 2.5 or 3 hours!
  4. Once you remove the ribs from the oven, brush with your favorite BBQ sauce (I used a Whole30 BBQ sauce from The Defined Dish) and broil for 2-4 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven, slice the ribs, and add more BBQ sauce if you like your ribs extra saucy!



2 responses to “Fall Off The Bone Baby Back Ribs [Paleo and Whole30]”

  1. Thanks for writing this. I really feel as though I know so much more about this than I did before. Your blog really brought some things to light that I never would have thought about before reading it. You should continue this, Im sure most people would agree youve got a gift.

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