Enjoy mouthwatering fall-off-the-bone ribs anytime of year, even when it’s too chilly to grill outdoors. Blueberry BBQ Baked Ribs are incredibly tender and succulent, with an amazing blueberry BBQ sauce!
The beauty of this recipe is that these ribs are done entirely in the oven; baked to tender, fall-off-the-bone perfection. No need for charcoal, grills, or tongs. Well, maybe tongs. But work gently, as the finished ribs are soooo tender that they will literally fall off the bones if not handled with care. Total YUM.
And what about the blueberry BBQ sauce?
Thank goodness frozen blueberries are available year-round. Yeah, we toss them into baked goods, smoothies, and The Littles happily eat them whole and frozen.
But it’s time to bring on the savory. Savory dishes are easily transformed into something special with a smattering of frozen blueberries.
A handful of frozen blueberries in your holiday dish makes a big difference in flavor. Plus, blueberries have the magical unicorn ability to make any dish just a little merrier. Merrier is good.
The blueberries give the smoky BBQ sauce that extra boost of fruity sweetness that helps offset the tang. The result is a thickened, tangy, sweet, smoky, and scrumptious sauce you’ll totally want to lick off your fingers.
2 racks uncooked ribs (Baby Back or St. Louis both work well)
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1½ tsp paprika
1 TB kosher salt
1½ TB freshly ground black pepepr
½ tsp cayenne
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
1½ cups honey BBQ sauce (your favorite bottled or homemade)
½ cup frozen blueberries
2 TB liquid smoke
- Step 1
Dry the racks of ribs with paper towels. In a bowl, whisk together all dry rub ingredients well. Pat and press dry rub onto both sides of rib racks. Tightly wrap each individual rack of ribs in foil. Place in a single layer on a large baking sheet and let sit in fridge overnight.
- Step 2
During last half hour of cook time, make the sauce: combine sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer; simmer 5 minutes and stir frequently. Use spatula to break apart some of the berries. The sauce will thicken nicely. Cover and keep warm.
- Step 3
Let ribs cool enough to handle and remove foil. Discard juices. Brush ribs generously with BBQ sauce, reserving a bit of sauce for serving, if desired. Broil for 5 minutes or just until tops are nicely browned. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn. Slice ribs and serve warm.