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Smoky Cranberry Ribs

 Smoky Cranberry Ribs
I love cranberries and freeze them in season to enjoy all year-round. Living near New Jersey’s cranberry bogs inspires me to develop new and delicious ways to use them, as in this recipe.—Christine Wendland, Browns Mills, New Jersey
6 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Grill: 2 hours


  • 4-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 6 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup ketchup


  • In a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle, combine the first
  • nine ingredients; grind until fennel and caraway seeds are crushed.
  • Set aside 4 teaspoons for sauce.
  • Rub remaining spice mixture over ribs. Cover and refrigerate for at
  • least 1 hour.
  • Wrap ribs in a large piece of heavy-duty foil (about 28 in. x 18

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Smoky Cranberry Ribs (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • in.); seal tightly. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip
  • pan. Place ribs over drip pan and grill, covered, over indirect
  • medium heat for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until tender.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, brown sugar, vinegar,
  • onion and reserved spice mixture. Cook over medium heat until
  • berries pop, about 15 minutes; cool slightly. Transfer to a blender;
  • add ketchup. Cover and process until smooth. Set aside 1 cup sauce
  • for serving.
  • Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs,
  • lightly coat the grill rack. Carefully remove ribs from foil. Place
  • over direct heat; baste with some of the sauce. Grill, covered, over
  • medium heat for 20-30 minutes or until browned, turning and basting
  • occasionally. Serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving with 3 tablespoons sauce equals 1,023 calories, 62 g fat (23 g saturated fat), 245 mg cholesterol, 1,936 mg sodium, 63 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 51 g protein.
Wine: Light-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.