For more than 30 years, my brother-in-law Jim kept his famous rib recipe a secret, much to the chagrin of my husband, Dennis. When he finally came around to sharing it, we loved it so much we just had to pass it along. This one's for you, Jim! —Vicki Young, Brighton, Colorado
I never thought to add fruit to barbecue sauce, but after I saw a contest-winning recipe with the two, I decided to try something similar with pork. I'm glad I did—this turned out to be a family favorite! —Lily Julow, Gainesville, FL
For a melt-in-your-mouth delicious main course at your next event, try these super-tender boneless ribs from our Test Kitchen. They’re treated to a sweet apple juice, brown sugar and herb combination that’s sure to have folks asking for seconds.
MY HUSBAND and I love to cook and we’re always looking for something a little different. These ribs are a refreshing change from the traditional tomato based barbecue sauces. A friend gave me this recipe years ago and it has been a family favorite since.
Meet the Cook: All of us - my husband, our two sons (19 and 16) and I - love to eat barbecued ribs. But the closest rib restaurant to us in Denver, 150 miles away. So I came up with this recipe. It's now our traditional meal on the Fourth of July.
-Jane Uphoff, Idalia, Colorado
I avoid long and complicated recipes during the summer months (I'd rather be out by the pool with my family!), so I came up with this easy citrus twist on barbecue. The orange adds a subtle, deliciously fresh flavor. I also use the sauce when I make chicken fondue.
My son and I collaborated in the kitchen one day to put our own unique twist on classic baby back ribs. We added a sweet peachy glaze and a little heat with chipotle peppers. It was a great bonding experience, and now we have a keeper recipe for fall-off-the-bone ribs. —Rebecca Suaso, Weaverville, North Carolina
To assure a memorable meal for your family reunion, add these not-so-ordinary ribs to the menu. "The peach barbecue sauce makes all the difference—it flavors the meat in a delightful way no one expects," details Christine Davis of Concord, California.