Barbecued Pork Ribs with Apple Barbecue Sauce

Ontario apples and honey brushed over Ontario back ribs, gives the perfect combination of flavour and sweetness.

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Serves: 6

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  • 2 racks Ontario Pork Back Ribs (about 1-1/2 lb/750 g each)
  • 1 clove Ontario Garlic, halved

Apple Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter
  • 1 Ontario Apple peeled, diced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp (2 mL) ground allspice
  • 2 cups (500 mL) sweet barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Ontario Honey


Insert fork, into centre of underside of ribs; lift membrane and peel it off. Place ribs, meaty side up, on large rimmed baking sheet; rub with cut garlic. Add 2 cups (500 mL) hot water to tray. Cover with foil and bake in 325˚F (160˚C) oven for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is easily pierced with sharp knife and beginning to pull away from bones. (Make-ahead: Cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Applesauce: Heat large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter, add apples and cook for 3 minutes. Add lemon juice, cinnamon and allspice and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Transfer to blender and purée until smooth. Transfer to medium bowl; set aside.

Add barbecue sauce and chipotle to blender and purée. Add mixture to applesauce; stir to combine. Set aside 1/3 cup (75 mL) of the sauce.
Place ribs on greased grill over medium-low heat 325˚F (160˚C); grill covered and brushing often with sauce, for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned and heated through.

In microwaveable bowl, microwave reserved sauce on High for 45 seconds or until boiling. Brush over ribs and serve.

Nutritional information

1 Serving

  • PROTEIN: 30 grams
  • FAT: 26 grams
  • CARBOHYDRATE: 9 grams
  • CALORIES: 400
  • FIBRE:  0.5 grams