Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 23, 2022
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
Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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. 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.