Spicy Cherry-Glazed Ribs Recipe

Recipe Category: Barbecue


Spicy Cherry-Glazed Ribs Recipe


  • 2 sides pork baby back ribs or your favorite ribs


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dry sage
  • 2 teaspoons dry oregano


  • 1/2 cup black cherry jam
  • 1/2 cup wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic — finely minced


  1. Place the ribs, meaty side down, on a flat surface.
  2. Using your fingernail, loosen a little of the membrane along the end of the last rib bone.
  3. Then, grasp the membrane firmly with a paper towel (so that the membrane doesn’t slip from your grip).
  4. Holding the ribs down with the other hand, pull the membrane away.
  5. If it doesn’t pull away in one piece, dislodge any remaining membrane, grip it with a paper towel, and pull the membrane away.
  6. Then place the ribs in a rectangular dish or baking dish.
  7. To make the rub, combine the dry rub ingredients.
  8. Using your fingers, vigorously rub the dry rub on both sides of the ribs.
  9. Marinate the ribs, refrigerated, for at least 15 minutes.
  10. For more flavor; marinate for up to 24 hours.
  11. To make the glaze, in a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients.
  12. Stir well.
  13. If using a gas barbecue, preheat it to medium (325F).
  14. If using charcoal or wood, prepare a fire.
  15. When the coals or wood are ash covered, push them to the outside of the grill.
  16. Place a pan of water in the bottom of the grill among the coals, and cover the coals with the cooking grate.
  17. Place a rib rack on the cooking grate and add the ribs.
  18. Alternatively, brush the cooking grate with a flavorless cooking oil, such as safflower oil, and then lay the ribs meaty side up in the center of the grill.
  19. Cover the grill.
  20. Regulate the heat so it remains at a medium temperature.
  21. Occasionally during cooking, baste the ribs with extra marinade.
  22. Grill the ribs until the meat begins to shrink from the ends of the rib bones.

Approximate Grilling Times.pork baby back ribs and country-style spareribs, 75 minutes; spareribs and beef ribs, 90 minutes; lamb ribs, 40 minutes.

  1. Baste the ribs with the glaze only during the last 30 minutes or grilling or the glaze will burn.
  2. To serve, cut each side of ribs in half, into 3 sections, or into individual ribs.
  3. Transfer to a heated serving platter or 4 heated dinner plates and serve at once accompanied by extra cherry glaze in a bowl.

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