Maple Garlic Ribs and Cabbage

For easy-going Saturday fare, you can’t beat a cosy oven meal of hearty ribs, coated with homemade maple-garlic barbecue sauce and baked on a bed of fresh Ontario cabbage.

Baking Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

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Serves: 6

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  • 2 kg Ontario Pork Back Ribs or Country Style Pork Ribs
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL)  minced Ontario Garlic (about 6 cloves)
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) Ontario Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) Tabasco sauce
  • 1 Ontario Cabbage, coarsely shredded (about 20 cups/5 L)
  • 2 Ontario Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt


Remove membrane from underside of ribs; cut in half (or to fit pan). Arrange in single layer in large roasting pan. Add water; cover tightly with foil. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 1 hour.

In small skillet, heat oil over low heat; cook garlic, stirring often, for 7 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, maple syrup, Worcestershire and Tabasco. Remove from heat; set aside.

Remove ribs from pan; discard all liquid. Add cabbage, onions and salt, tossing to combine; press down firmly into pan. Brush both sides of ribs with sauce; nestle into cabbage mixture. Spoon half of the remaining sauce over ribs. Bake uncovered in 350°F (180°C) oven for 15 minutes. Add remaining sauce to ribs, bake 15 to 25 minutes or until cabbage is cooked as desired, stirring cabbage occasionally. Remove ribs to platter; stir cabbage mixture and serve with ribs.

Nutritional information

1 Serving

  • PROTEIN: 34 grams
  • FAT: 32 grams
  • CARBOHYDRATE: 28 grams
  • CALORIES:  535
  • FIBRE: 4 grams
  • SODIUM: 785 mg