With a sweet and savory sauce that comes together with minimal effort, these autoimmune protocol Applesauce Pork Ribs make for a wonderfully comforting, melt-in-your-mouth protein. While those of you who don’t need to follow the AIP (or have reintroduced nightshades) can feel fee to use tomato sauce instead of my nomato sauce, trust me when I say this recipe is phenomenal either way. Ribs are one of my favorite weeknight meals because they’re so hands off. I can throw them together and stick them in the oven around 3pm, start some sides around 4:30, and have a hot dinner on the table at 5. What’s not to love about that? Plus, the sauce is just sticky enough to flavor the ribs but not so sticky you’re going to be blowing through napkins while you eat. (I always hated how messy ribs were.)
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- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Combine all ingredients except the pork in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and place the ribs on top with the meaty side facing up. Brush a few tablespoons of sauce over both sides of the ribs, then tent with foil.
- Bake 90 minutes, then remove foil, brush remaining sauce over both sides of the ribs, and bake another 10 minutes uncovered.