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Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs Recipe
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Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs Recipe

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This goof-proof recipe for lip-smacking ribs features microwave ease and smoky grilled flavor. You’ll love the jazzed-up barbecue sauce. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds bone-in country-style pork ribs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup cherry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 301 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 86 mg cholesterol, 255 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 27 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place the ribs in a 3-qt. microwave-safe dish. In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, Liquid Smoke if desired, garlic powder and pepper; pour over ribs. Cover and microwave on high for 15-20 minutes or until meat is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the barbecue sauce, preserves and molasses. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Drain ribs. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill ribs, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until browned, basting with sauce and turning occasionally. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs in Simple & Delicious June/July 2011, p15

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 301 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 86 mg cholesterol, 255 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 27 g protein.

Reviews for Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs

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Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

Never thought preserves would make such delicious ribs but it DID! I like short ribs better than baby back, etc. because they are more meaty. This is a keeper!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

If you see my ratings, I base them on my picky husband. I thought this was pretty good, though he didn't. I think it's a preference...which is why I only gave 3 stars. Unlike some of the other dishes where I've used peach preserves over chicken or even raspberry sauce...the cherry preserve flavor is what didn't work for my husband...who has liked the others. It's a personal thing so I would urge others to try this recipe, just in case they absolutely love it! I also didn't have the liquid smoke on hand and wonder if that would have made the difference for him.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

My family loved this recipe. I was not sure about microwaving the ribs but they were so tender and the sauce was delicious. It was very easy and I had all the ingredients on hand except the Liquid Smoke, which I omitted since it was optional.

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