"Secret's in the Sauce" BBQ Ribs Recipe
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"Secret's in the Sauce" BBQ Ribs Recipe

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A sweet, rich sauce makes these ribs so tender that the meat literally falls off the bones. And the aroma is wonderful. Yum! —Tanya Reid, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 4-1/2 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2-1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 cup cherry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 921 calories, 58g fat (21g saturated fat), 220mg cholesterol, 1402mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (45g sugars, 2g fiber), 48g protein


  1. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; sprinkle with pepper. Place in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Serve with sauce. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as "Secret's in the Sauce" BBQ Ribs in Taste of Home August/September 2009, p41

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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Reviewed May. 4, 2016

"Very good. Pretty much falls off of the bone."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"I have one other rib recipe that uses whiskey which is almost on par with this one...almost. I don't tweak this at all but I really don't like fatty ribs...kind of ruins the experience so, in order to thoroughly enjoy this recipe, I take about half an hour and pull all the fat I can, as well as silver skin off the meat and bones...then proceed. Stunning!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"This sauce is yummy!"

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

"This dish is absolutely delicious! Super simple to prepare, and a huge hit with my family and at events. Every time I make it people ask for the recipe!"

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"My favorite BBQ sauce. I am not into overly spicy or smoke flavor sauces. My son said best sauce I have made."

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