Skinny Boneless Ribs

by Jen on July 28, 2014

Healthy boneless ribs?  Yes, it is possible! These BBQ flavoured boneless ribs are moist, delicious, and low-fat!

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Do you love ribs?  My kids LOVE ribs, my oldest can eat a whole rack of them.  I don’t make ribs very much at home.  Not only are they expensive and you don’t get much meat, but they are also really high in fat and calories.  A typical rack of ribs can cost you over 550 calories and a whopping 25 grams of fat!! Yikes!

So I wanted to experiment a little with the family.  Instead of using ribs, I used pork tenderloin.  I cut them to make them look like little ribs, smeared them in a spice rub, and barbecued them with some barbecue sauce.  After they were done cooking, I sliced them into little riblets and served them to the family.

The verdict?  The whole family, hubby included, thought they were delicious!

I served these as our dinner with some corn on the cob and baby carrots, but these would also make a great appetizer.  However you decide to eat them, I know you will love them as much as we do.  Just make sure you have a few napkins around icon wink Skinny Boneless Ribs

Skinny Boneless Ribs


Prep Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: Makes 5 servings

Recipe slightly adapted from Looneyspoons Collections


  • Spice Rub
  • 1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar (can use brown sugar)
  • 1-1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chill powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 large pork tenderloins
  • Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp finely minced onion
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup hickory-flavoured barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1-1/4 tsp chill powder
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp cumin and paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper


  1. Mix all spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a meat mallet, pound the pork uniformly into 3/4-inch thickness. Using a sharp knife, score the pork in 1-inch intervals so that it looks like ribs. Cut about halfway through the meat, not all the way through. Use about 1-1/2 Tbsp spice rub per slab of "ribs" and rub into both sides of meat and into the score marks. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best flavour.
  3. To make sauce, melt butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cook and stir until onions have softened, about 1 minute. Add all remaining sauce ingredients and mix well. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool. Sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.
  4. Preheat grill to high. Place pork on grill rack that has been lightly brushed with oil. Grill pork for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally and basting often with sauce. Be sure not to overcook the pork, as it will be dry. I like to cook my pork to 160 degrees. Remove pork from grill and cover in foil to let rest for 5 minutes, then cut along score marks into individual "ribs." Serve hot.


Cal: 390 Fat: 10.5g Pro: 49g Carb: 24g Fiber: 1.2g Sodium: 703mg
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Piyo | Week 2 Review

by Jen on July 25, 2014

Piyo Week 2 Meal Plan and Progress Update

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Wow, I can’t believe I have just finished week 2 of Piyo!  Time flies when you’re having fun icon smile Piyo | Week 2 Review

So, what did I think of Piyo so far?

I’ll admit, there are days where I wonder if it’s working.  I’m so used to pushing myself to the maximum; lifting heavy, doing crazy Insanity workouts, and sweating like bullets.  It’s been a challenge to slow down and be present in each workout so I can really concentrate to make sure I push myself and get the maximum benefit from the workouts.  However, I do feel more definition in my core this week!

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This week was great because we got to add in a new workout, Core!  Oh my, it was awesome core work.  It worked EVERY angle of my core.  My 2 favourite workouts so far are Sweat and Core.  I absolutely love working my core, because after having 3 kids in under 3 years, my tummy isn’t that strong, so I need all the help I can get!

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Since the Define: Upper Body and Define: Lower Body are quite short, I actually like to add in some quick T25 cardio afterwards.  What can I say, I like to sweat a little more on those days!

Since I’m doing this in the summertime, we do have a lot going on with family activities.  We also have BBQ’s to attend, so temptation is everywhere!  I didn’t miss any workouts, and I stuck to the meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  For dinner, I made the best choices possible from what was available.  I did end up having one dessert and a few of my kid’s fries..but overall I did well considering, and I’m not losing sight of the overall plan.

The hardest part about Piyo is that you don’t burn a ton of calories, so sticking to your servings each day is critical if you want to see results.  I have to eat more protein and less carbs on this plan, which isn’t easy for me…I LOVE my carbs, what can I say?!

Here is my meal plan for week 2!  I follow it as best I can, but some nights I have to switch around dinners, just depending on who’s home for dinner that night or what our plans are.  But having the plan definitely empowers me to feel in control of my food choices.

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I LOVE a good salad!  I like to use eggs instead of chicken sometimes, because with seven servings of protein required, chicken can get a little boring if ya know what I mean icon wink Piyo | Week 2 Review  So I have to get creative.  For the dressing, I use a tsp of olive oil and a bunch of balsamic vinegar since it’s a “free” food.

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