Pork Ribs With Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

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The warehouse that supports my local food banks has had a generous amount of jelly cranberry sauce to distribute as well as cranraisins. A can has been included in the food boxes every time I go.  It is not something that we like to eat each week, though It takes several days to use up a can. The family has grown tired of it and I must have 6 or more cans of it now.

I needed some ideas on how to cook with it. So I spent time looking for recipes in my cookbooks and on line.  When you have a very tight budget you need simple low cost recipes. I found several that I could adapt to what I had on hand. It turns out that cranberry sauce is very versatile.

Since I was mulling over so many cranberry sauce recipes. the ideas was fresh in my mind as I was shopping for Sunday’s dinner.  To my delight there was a sale on pork ribs and I could afford a rack of them at a $1.79 a pound.  All I needed to buy was a bottle of chili sauce, there was a nice inexpensive store brand bottle the right size. The recipe is a basic version and you can add what ever spices or rubs that you have on hand.

Just perfect for a hot summer day.  I made them in the oven and served them with potato wedges, that I made in the oven while the ribs were roasting. I added a salad, vegetable and plenty of ice tea. The ribs were delicious for such an unusual sauce. I never did tell the family that the dreaded cranberry sauce was in it. I plan to use this sauce again on chicken.

Pork Ribs With Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds pork loin back ribs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon powered turmeric (optional)
  • 1 can (14 ounce) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 bottle (12 ounce) chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup minced green onion or chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons mince garlic
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke (optional)

Directions

Place ribs on a foil lined pan and season with salt and pepper.  Let stand while mixing other ingredients.

In a medium size bowl mix together all the rest of the ingredients. Spoon half of the barbecue over ribs.  Place another sheet of foil over the ribs and seal edges.

Roast at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  Check after the first hour and spoon the rest of the sauce on. Continue baking until ribs are tender. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds good, sweet/tart/tangy!!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I was surprised at how good it tasted. Now I have use for all this cranberry sauce. It will really make chicken leg quarters less boring. Thanks for you comment.

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  2. Great idea! I absolutely love cranberry sauce, I have it with every single meat meal possible if possible, so the bbq cranberry rib combo sounds like an absolute dream to me!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thanks for your comment. I have plenty of cans of cranberry sauce and a few more ideas on how to use them.

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      1. I would be interested in seeing on how you use them!

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  3. Reblogged this on saywhatumean2say and commented:
    It’s after 3am and I’m starving….so what do I do? I read my saved food blogs. This one is from a friend of mine, her recipes are always fabulous and whose politics jive with mine. You should read her blog for the food alone but politics, quilts, opinions, and information abound. Even if the recipe isn’t hers or her mother’s you can be sure she has tried it and it works. Plus she has old pottery pieces that I’d snatch if I lived near her! ~~dru~~

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  4. lou2601 says:

    This looks soo scrumptious!! Ill have to give it a try for sure! 🙂

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      The sauce is very good. I used it on chicken and turned out great. Thanks for stopping in.

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  5. So inventive! I love the idea of tangy cranberry in the bar-b-que sauce! I’ve only made ribs once– so I’ll have to give this a try– thanks trkingmomoe!!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I found the idea on the Ocean Spray web site. I have a bunch of cans of cranberry sauce to use up. It is really good. Thanks for the comment.

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      1. smart! I’m sure they have 101 ways to use cranberry sauce! happy week ahead…

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  6. What an interesting use for cranberry sauce, I am definitely going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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