Tender & Tangy BBQ Ribs- a Lean and Green Recipe

Tender, tangy bbq ribs are one of the BEST meals you can come home to after a long day’s work, or school or being outside.  Made in your slow cooker, the hearty meat combined with a slight tang of apple cider vinegar and mesquite is comfort food to the finest!  When you can indulge in a recipe that is also low carb, on program and that EVERYONE will love, it’s a win-win meal you’ll make again and again.

To make a complete meal, try with a side of Perfect Lean & Green Cole Slaw or Crunchy Cauliflower Salad


1/4 C apple cider vinegar

1/4 C water

2 lbs boneless pork ribs, all visible fat trimmed off & discarded

1-2 Tablespoons (1-2 Capfuls) Stacey Hawkins Honey BBQ Seasoning (or SH Cinnamon Chipotle if you want something with a little more “kick”)

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce – Mesquite Style (or your favorite)


  1. Pour vinegar and water into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Arrange the ribs in the slow cooker, preferably in a single layer.
  3. Sprinkle the seasoning generously over the ribs.
  4. Place cover on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, until fork tender.
  5. Lightly brush with BBQ Sauce* and serve with your favorite side dish!

Makes approximately 7, 5 ounce servings.

Optavia Recipe / Lean and Green Recipe / 5 & 1 Food Counts for the Optavia & Medifast Program

5 ounces of meat with 1 Tablespoon of Sugar Free BBQ Sauce (or 1/2 teaspoon of regular sauce) is one Lean portion and 1 Condiment.

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Nutritional Data Information:

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Very Well Fit. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.


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