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Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drain ribs. On a greased grill, cook ribs, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until browned, basting with sauce and turning occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 301 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 255mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 27g protein.

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  • wintermom9597
    Jan 11, 2021

    Loved the sauce. I didn't microwave the ribs, but cooked them low and slow (3-1/2 hours at 275 degrees, on foiled lined pans, covered in foil).

  • HaydenMommy
    Jul 11, 2012

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  • bjsilve0
    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!

  • eroge
    Jul 2, 2011

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  • pjen99
    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.