Cranberry BBQ Braised Pork Ribs

Cranberry BBQ Pork Ribs

Braised BBQ pork ribs are a real treat and are even more so when tart cranberries are thrown into the mix. Prepare yourself for the most delicious braised ribs you have ever eaten. The addition of cranberries inserts new life into an otherwise basic BBQ sauce while elevating succulent, tender pork to new heights.


Serves 5-6

  • 5-6 pack country style pork ribs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1-18 oz. bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ¼ cup water plus more
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil into a large, heavy roasting pan.
  3. Rinse the ribs under cold water and pat dry.
  4. Season on both sides with salt, black pepper, and seasoned salt.
  5. Transfer ribs to the pan and into the oven to brown for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, add the cranberries to a saucepan with a splash of water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  7. Add the barbecue sauce and stir.
  8. Bring to a gentle boil again.
  9. Reduce to a simmer.
  10. Simmer for 3-5 minutes. Add water if needed.
  11. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  12. Remove ribs from the oven and toss in the garlic and sliced onion.
  13. Return to the oven for 5 minutes or until the garlic and onion are fragrant.
  14. Transfer half the sauce to a bowl with the ¼ cup of water. Stir.
  15. Pour the watered-down sauce over the ribs, tightly cover the pan with foil and return to the oven.
  16. Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees F.
  17. Cook for 3 hours but check the ribs every hour to ensure that no additional water or sauce is needed.
  18. Remove from the oven, plate and finish with the remaining sauce. Ribs will fall apart tender so plate with caution.
  19. Serve with your favorite side and enjoy.
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