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Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs Recipe

Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill ribs, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until browned, basting with sauce and turning occasionally. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional 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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Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed 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."

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