Pork Ribs with Raspberry Sorghum Barbecue Sauce

Pork Ribs with Raspberry Sorghum Barbecue Sauce
Kendra Bailey Morris


For the dry rub

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon  onion powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon  brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon  chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon  salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon  dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  cayenne

For the sauce and ribs

  •   Cooking spray
  • racks pork spareribs or 1 large rack (about 4 pounds total), trimmed
  • 1 1/2 Cup  fresh raspberries or blackberries
  • small cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup  chopped onion
  • 1/2 Cup  firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup  sorghum syrup, unsulfured light molasses, or honey*
  • 1/2 Cup  ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon  cider vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon  powdered ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  dried red pepper flakes
  •   Salt and black pepper, to taste

These ribs incorporate two distinct cooking methods. First, the ribs are rubbed in a dry spice mixture, then cooked all day until tender. Next, they're slathered in a sweet and savory barbecue sauce made from fresh raspberries and sorghum syrup before they finally meet a hot grill. However, no worries if you're not able to get your grill going. An equally tasty alternative is to brush the ribs with the barbecue sauce right in the slow cooker, then cover, crank the heat up to high, and continue cooking for another 30 minutes. Either way, at the end of the day, you'll have a delicious, sticky, messy, lick-your-fingers-clean rack of ribs that will be a surefire hit.

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For the dry rub

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

For the sauce and ribs

Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray.

Cut the ribs into 2- to 3-rib portions to fit inside a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Generously rub the ribs with the spice mixture and stand them up against the walls of the slow cooker, thicker ends down. Cover and cook on low until the ribs are tender but still firm enough to hold up on the grill without falling apart, for at least 5 hours and up to 7 hours. (Be careful not to overcook them.)

Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a blender, combine the raspberries, garlic, onion, brown sugar, sorghum syrup, ketchup, cider vinegar, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Purée well. Strain the sauce through a sieve (pressing it out well) into a saucepan and cook, uncovered, over low heat until thickened, for 30 minutes. (You can skip straining the sauce through a sieve if you don’t mind the seeds.) Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and set aside to cool.

Once the ribs have finished cooking, preheat a grill on medium-high heat.

Baste the ribs generously with the sauce and grill them until nice and crispy and caramelized, 3-4 minutes per side. (Be careful not to let them burn.) Alternatively, sauce the ribs inside the slow cooker and continue cooking on high. Serve the ribs with any extra sauce on the side and lots of napkins.



*Note: If you can't find sorghum, substitute light molasses. This sauce is also excellent with grilled chicken, pork chops, or grilled pork loin.


Calories per serving:

1,583 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 428g 658%
  • Carbs 330g 110%
  • Saturated 137g 685%
  • Fiber 19g 78%
  • Trans 4g
  • Sugars 288g
  • Monounsaturated 156g
  • Polyunsaturated 73g
  • Protein 288g 576%
  • Cholesterol 1,451mg 484%
  • Sodium 9,887mg 412%
  • Calcium 808mg 81%
  • Magnesium 569mg 142%
  • Potassium 7,301mg 209%
  • Iron 28mg 157%
  • Zinc 48mg 321%
  • Phosphorus 2,839mg 406%
  • Vitamin A 174µg 19%
  • Vitamin C 62mg 103%
  • Thiamin (B1) 6mg 410%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 5mg 306%
  • Niacin (B3) 89mg 446%
  • Vitamin B6 12mg 614%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 73µg 18%
  • Vitamin B12 7µg 115%
  • Vitamin D 42µg 10%
  • Vitamin E 13mg 67%
  • Vitamin K 34µg 43%
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