I just entered this recipe challenge hosted by Cape Cod Select and was tasked to come up with three different recipes incorporating their amazing Frozen Cranberries. This recipe for Ribs with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce is going to be my submission for the “Family Dinner” category.
This Cranberry Barbecue Sauce is definitely one that the entire family will enjoy. The recipe requires only a few simple ingredients that will cook for hours, and marry beautifully together in the end. Do not limit its use to just ribs. Chicken, turkey, pork chops, and even shrimp would be great alternatives.
Don’t for a minute think that this sauce is going to be sweet. The cranberries are transformed as they slowly cook and lend the perfect amount of brightness to the sauce. Makes for one amazing flavor profile.
My Shrimp Ceviche with Cranberry Jalapeño Granita recipe was my submission for the “Cran-You-Believe It” category. Definitely check it out!
TO PREPARE THE CRANBERRY BARBECUE SAUCE
Go ahead and prepare the cranberry barbecue sauce in advance. The day before is perfect. Combine all of the ingredients in a large stock pot. Allow to come to a boil. Be very careful because the sauce tends to bubble. Stir often to ensure that it is not sticking to the bottom as it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer.
Simmer for the next three hours. Stirring often. Every so often, take the back of a spoon and crush the cranberries against the side of the pot. The sauce will reduce and thicken.
After three hours, grab an immersion blender and blend to fully incorporate all of the cranberries.
Store in the fridge overnight, or use immediately.
TO PREPARE THE RIBS
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse and pat dry each rack of ribs. Cutting each in half will also help decrease the baking time. Place ribs in roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Place in oven and allow to roast for at least 90 minutes.
Ribs will be done when they are tender and the meat easily pulls away from the bone. Remove from oven and ladle on the barbecue sauce. If you prepared the sauce the night before, be sure to heat back up prior to placing on ribs. Place ribs with the cranberry barbecue sauce back in oven for ten minutes. After the ten minutes, turn on the broiler and broil for another minute or two.
As an alternative to roasting the ribs in the oven, you can grill your favorite way then brush with the barbecue sauce at the end. However, if you have never tried baking the ribs in the oven, please do.
Make crispy potato wedges to complete this fabulous meal. They were a great compliment to the Ribs with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce. Cut baking potatoes in half, lengthwise. Then cut each half into three or fours. Place in a bowl. Coat with olive oil, kosher salt and pepper. Bake at 410 degrees until crispy outside and tender inside.