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Tender Pork Back Ribs with Cherry BBQ Sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry bbq, grilled pork back ribs
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 592 kcal


  • 3 lbs 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


  1. Combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, and garlic powder in a small bowl.  Rub mixture into ribs, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  

  2. 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. 

  3. Preheat the grill to 300 degrees.  Place ribs bone side down on the grill and cook for 30 minutes. 

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.