One of the most popular summertime BBQ staples is ribs smothered in barbecue sauce. Unfortunately though, this fatty meat with its high-sugar glaze will wreak havoc on your waistline while raising your cholesterol and increasing your chance of developing heart disease.
But, there is a way to enjoy this dish without the guilt. Chef Rocco DiSpirito, author of “Eat This! Diet,” went on the Dr. Oz show and shared a recipe for low-fat and low-calorie ribs that’s only 1/3 the calories and 1/4 the fat of a traditional rib recipe.
First, DiSpirito recommends using baby back ribs as opposed to spare ribs:
“They tend to be the lowest in fat and calories.”
In fact, a 4 ounce serving of spare ribs has a whopping 100 calories and 7 grams of fat more than a 4 ounce serving of baby back ribs.
After trimming the visible fat and seasoning with salt and pepper, put the baby back ribs in a tin foil pouch that will make cleanup a breeze and, most importantly, prevent the ribs from being charred and carcinogens from building up. Then, you’re ready to add the ingredients for your sauce.
Add the following ingredients directly to your tin foil pouch:
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp liquid smoke
3/4 cup reduced sugar ketchup
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 large onion chopped
12 garlic cloves chopped
Close the tin foil pouch to fully wrap the ribs and sauce, then grill for an hour and a half.
When it’s done, you’ll have tender, sweet, and tangy meat with only 330 calories and 17 grams of fat per serving versus the 990 calories and 68 grams of fat of a traditional recipe.
Reducing the amount of calories, fat, and sodium in your diet will help to lower your chances of developing coronary heart disease. To learn more about coronary heart disease, including what to expect and questions to ask at your doctor appointment, read the Vitals Coronary Heart Disease Patient Guide.