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Back Ribs with Sweet-Savory Sauce

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  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 8
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Want the secret to tender and juicy ribs? These ribs are gently simmered then grilled, producing tender meat that falls from the bone.
Updated Oct 19, 2010
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  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 3/4 cup grape jelly
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons dry red wine or Progresso™ beef flavored broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 1/2 lb pork loin back ribs
  • 3 cups water
Make With
Progresso Broth


  • 1
    To make sauce, in 1-quart saucepan, heat chili sauce, jelly, wine and mustard over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until jelly is melted.
  • 2
    Heat coals or gas grill for indirect heat. Cut ribs into serving pieces. Place ribs in 4-quart Dutch oven; add water. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 5 minutes; drain.
  • 3
    Cover and grill pork over medium coals 15 to 20 minutes, brushing with sauce every 3 minutes, until pork is no longer pink and meat begins to pull away from bones.
  • 4
    Heat any remaining sauce to boiling, stirring constantly; boil and stir 1 minute. Serve sauce with ribs.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    At last, your search is over! At the supermarket, these ribs may be labeled as back ribs or pork ribs.
  • tip 2
    Follow these steps when grilling over indirect heat. Before heating a charcoal grill, place a drip pan directly under the grilling area, and arrange coals around the edge of the firebox. Grill food over the drip pan. If you have a gas grill, place the food over the unheated side.
  • tip 3
    Want to stay inside? Bake these ribs instead. Omit the water and simmering step. Place ribs on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake uncovered at 325ºF for 1 1/2 hours; brush with sauce. Bake uncovered about 45 minutes longer, brushing frequently with sauce, until tender. Heat any remaining sauce as directed in step 4.


585 Calories, 37 g Total Fat, 36 g Protein, 28 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
37 g
Saturated Fat
14 g
150 mg
550 mg
580 mg
Total Carbohydrate
28 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
36 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 4 1/2 High-Fat Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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