Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs

Average User Rating
4 stars
11 Comments | Write a comment
Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Grace from Oklahoma.

Portions: 6

Serving size: 3 ounces boneless pork


  • 1 large onion
  • 1 medium red apple
  • 3 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup prepared barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 225° F.
  2. Cut onion into 1/2" slices. Core apple and cut into 1/2" slices.
  3. Combine brown sugar and Creole seasoning in a small bowl; set aside.
  4. Place ribs in a 9" x 13" glass baking dish (cut ribs in half to fit into pan).
  5. Rub olive oil onto both sides of ribs, then repeat using brown sugar and Creole seasoning mixture.
  6. Place onion and apple slices on top of ribs.
  7. Pour 1/2 cup water into dish and cover tightly with foil.
  8. Bake for approximately 5 to 6 hours. Remove foil and brush ribs with 1/3 cup barbecue sauce. Bake uncovered for an additional 45 minutes or more at 325° F until temperature of ribs reaches 185 ° F.
  9. Remove from oven. Carefully drain liquid, and discard onion and apples.
  10. Cut ribs into individual pieces and serve immediately, or cool and freeze for a later date.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  268
  • Protein  23 g
  • Carbohydrates  8 g
  • Fat  16 g
  • Cholesterol  79 mg
  • Sodium  391 mg
  • Potassium  388 mg
  • Phosphorus  195 mg
  • Calcium  30 mg
  • Fiber  0.6 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1/2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • If desired add additional barbecue sauce at the table.
  • Choose barbecue sauce lowest in sodium or try one of the homemade barbecue sauce recipes.
  • These ribs freeze well. Make extra for a quick meal later.
  • Great for leftovers. Try the pork on a bun with coleslaw and hot sauce.
  • Adjust the portion to match your meal plan if you are on a lower protein diet.

Write a Comment

Already have a account? Sign in to review. If not, register now.

Tell us what you think.

All comments will be approved by a DaVita teammate and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive. For more information, please see frequently asked questions.

What's everyone saying?

11 Comments | Average User Rating:
Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs

Amazing. Very tender.

Nov. 16, 2014, 7:49 PM - Inappropriate review?
Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs
lafferty4 says:

My husband has fixed these now twice. They are yummy. They take a long time to make but they are fall off the bone good.

Nov. 12, 2014, 8:33 AM - Inappropriate review?
Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs
sharrbarr says:

fixed these twice and it is a very good recipe and easy to fix

Sep. 26, 2014, 6:10 AM - Inappropriate review?
Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs
emora says:

I don't get it!??My dad's nephrologist said absolutely NO beef and no pork every again for my dad since he has stage 3 renal failure(he is 96 with CHF and diabetes and not a candidate for dialysis) My dad would love to eat these BBQ ribs. So which is it? This is the expert site on Kidneys so is the doc wrong? Please respond; Dietitian comment: The best advise is to see a dietitian familiar with your father's condition and dietary needs, and confirm with his doctor why these specific foods are excluded. Pork and beef contain the same amount of protein, potassium and phosphorus as poultry, fish and other seafood.

Sep. 02, 2013, 10:01 PM - Inappropriate review?
Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs

I NEED 70 GRAMS OF PROTEIN PER DAY BUT I DONT LIKE MEAT. ANY SUGGESTIONS? Dietitian comment: You can eat egg. egg white, tofu, tempeh, other vegetarian protein substitutes. It is certainly possible to follow a vegetarian diet and get adequate protein. In addition protein powders and liquid supplements are available. Please consult your dietitian for recommendations.

Sep. 02, 2013, 9:32 PM - Inappropriate review?
Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs
Stanwat says:

Good recipe as is, but could be improved to ones taste. I added 1/2 tsp each of pepper and papriks, 3 cloves of minced garlic. I baked for 3 hrs at 300, put them on the grill for 15 min. and sauced them at that time. They were terrific and fall off the bone ribs.

Jul. 02, 2013, 1:03 PM - Inappropriate review?
Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs
hunnykins says:

I did mine for just 2 hours, put sauce on them and baked another 12 minutes and they were fall off the bone tender.

Jan. 23, 2012, 4:53 PM - Inappropriate review?
Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs
karenkanda says:

What a terrific recipe! I make it without the apples and onions and it is even better.

Nov. 11, 2011, 2:03 PM - Inappropriate review?
Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs
prince5909 says:

Sounds great! I hope to try it very soon.

May. 08, 2011, 12:14 PM - Inappropriate review?
Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs

This sounds absolutely delicious but 7/8 hrs. in the oven is a long time. How about using a slow cooker?

Apr. 22, 2010, 12:11 PM - Inappropriate review?
Bob's Oven-Baked Pork Ribs
glencove5 says:

tis was a good recipe. however i did increase sugar by i tablespoon and i reduced the ribs by 2 pounds. I cooked the meal for about 2 1/2 hours..the ribs were very tender. The taste was good. I'll use this again

Apr. 13, 2010, 12:53 PM - Inappropriate review?

Have No Fear, Diet Helper is Here

Get kidney-friendly meal plans with DaVita Diet Helper.

Start Today

Recipe Alerts-Sign Up

Receive a monthly newsletter with our newest kidney-friendly recipes.

Sign Up Today