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Rhubarbecue Recipe
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This simmered sauce is a roller-coaster ride for your tongue. It's a wonderful blend of complex flavors that goes with any meat. — Rd Stendel-Freels, Albuquerque, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 3 to 4 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • SAUCE:
  • 3 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb (about 7 stalks)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked pork with 1/3 cup sauce equals 533 calories, 19 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 1,158 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 31 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Mix salt, paprika and pepper; sprinkle over ribs. Refrigerate, covered, while preparing sauce.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine rhubarb and strawberries; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, 8-10 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Drain; return to pan. Mash until blended.
  3. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Brown ribs in batches, adding additional oil as needed. Remove from pan.
  4. Add onion to same pan; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until tender. Add remaining ingredients; stir in rhubarb mixture. Return ribs to pan, turning to coat. Bring to a boil. Cover and bake 2 hours or until ribs are tender. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Rhubarbecue in Taste of Home April/May 2014

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked pork with 1/3 cup sauce equals 533 calories, 19 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 1,158 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 31 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"This recipe is great! Since it's just the two of us, I divided up a family pack of country-style ribs into 3 packages. I froze two packages and used one for the recipe. Then I cooked up the sauce and divided that into three containers (about 1 1/3 cups each). Again, I froze two and used one for the recipe. When I prepared it, I placed the browned ribs in my 3 1/2 qt. slow cooker, added the sauce and cooked it on low for the better part of the day. Outstanding! My husband and I really enjoyed it and best of all, I have two more Rhubarbecue meals waiting for us in the freezer!"

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2014

"This was such a fun and different way to use rhubarb! I used spareribs instead of country, which may have thrown off the cooking time - at 2 1/2 hours, they were cooked through and tender but not falling off the bone. The sauce thinned out quite a bit in the oven so I will probably reserve some next time to serve with the ribs. Delicious, I can see this being one of those recipes everyone waits all year for."

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

"Loved, loved the flavor. A repairmen came right when the two hours were up, but I did not turn the oven off. As soon as he left a couple of friends dropped in and would not eat with us, so in the meantime, I am worrying they are lanquishing and are way overcooked. Two hours later were able to eat and they were still delicious!!! I do think they would have been even better 2 hours earlier. Definitely will try again!! I think they would also be good with chipotle peppers in adobe sauce. Field Editor"

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"Oh WOW...I made this yesterday and am SO IMPRESSED!!! It's WONDERFUL!!! I personally feel you should always try a recipe just as written, but I don't much care for onions...and my pup was sharing (I know i know..) and onions are a nono for dogs. So I left them out...But if i was to make it without sharing I would grate the onion in. (I love the flavor not the crunch) I also can't do spicy due to health constraints so didnt use the red pepper flakes. Everything else was just as written, and i DO think the onion would make it even more flavorful!!Tip..I dont drink I got 2 of the small sample bottles of Devils Cut from Jim Beam and it was EXACTLY 1/2 cup. they are 99 cents a piece..much cheaper than buying a whole bottle."

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