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Every spring when the warmer weather arrives, I am always anxious to dust off my grill and start cooking outside again!
I love trying out new types of rubs and barbecue sauces, and I recently found a combination of a simple rub and a cherry bbq sauce that is phenomenal and fail proof!
When I paired the simple rub and cherry bbq sauce with Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs – it is soooo so good. This is a recipe you’re going to want to make all summer long.
If you haven’t ever grilled ribs before, it can seem a little intimidating, but with the right ingredients, it comes out perfect every time! And with ribs, the secret ingredient I always use is Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Ribs.
Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Ribs come out tender and juicy every time because the ribs are hand trimmed and free from hormones or steroids. Whatever level of grilling experience you have, you can trust that your ribs will be delicious when you use Smithfield® ribs!
Tender Pork Back Ribs with Cherry Molasses BBQ Sauce
I love that this recipe is easy and doesn’t require too many ingredients!
You’ll start by creating a simple rub made with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1.5 tablespoons paprika, 1.5 tablespoons salt, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Rub the mixture into the ribs and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Next, make the cherry bbq sauce. Combine 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons of cherry preserves and 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Warm the mixture in a pot over medium heat for 5 minutes, then set aside.
Grill the ribs at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove the ribs and wrap in foil with a little bit of apple juice. Increase the grill to 375 and return wrapped ribs to cook for 30 more minutes.
Remove ribs from foil and baste with cherry bbq sauce. Reduce the grill to 300 and return the ribs for 15 minutes.
And that’s it! Pull the ribs off the grill and enjoy!
Tender Pork Back Ribs with Cherry BBQ Sauce
- 3 lbs Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1.5 tbsp paprika
- 1.5 tbsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp cherry preserves
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup apple juice or water
Combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Rub mixture into ribs, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine ketchup, cherry preserves, and Worcestershire sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Preheat the grill to 300 degrees. Place ribs bone side down on the grill and cook for 30 minutes.
Remove the ribs and wrap in foil, adding 1/2 cup apple juice or water to the foil packet, then return to the grill and increase temp to 375. Cook an additional 30 minutes.
Remove ribs and discard foil. Baste the ribs in the cherry bbq sauce, reduce grill back to 300 degrees, and cook 15 minutes, then remove from heat.
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I love learning how to create things from scratch, so I know what ingredients go into everything from homemade face scrubs to clean eating recipes. I enjoy sharing my favorite recipes with other families so they can have a healthier home, too!