Easy Barbecued Apricot Pork Ribs

Easy Barbecued Apricot Pork Ribs

During the summer months Bruce and I fire up the barbecue nearly every weekend.  Chicken, steaks and ribs are the usual fare.  Chicken is my favorite and pork ribs are Bruce’s favorite.  Sometimes, if I feel like it, I’ll make both.  Any leftovers from a Sunday afternoon barbecue makes some of the best lunches during the work week.

Okay, now that I have your attention, (and this is directed to all you “barbecue purists” out there) don’t laugh and don’t turn your nose up at this. Seriously…  I know that the sauce is not made from scratch however, my adaptation of a store bought barbecue sauce makes these ribs taste deliciously easy.  In my opinion, the combination of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce and apricot preserves makes an amazingly tasty sweet and tangy barbecue sauce.  Trust me.  Without a doubt, once you try it, I’m quite sure that you’ll want to make these ribs again.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 2 racks pork ribs
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 cup store bought barbecue sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s but use whatever you prefer)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Wash and trim pork ribs and pat dry. Put ribs on foil lined baking sheet. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper.  Tightly cover ribs with additional foil. Place in oven for 2 hours or until ribs are very tender. Preheat barbecue grill. In a small bowl mix together the apricot preserves and store bought barbecue sauce. Place ribs on medium high barbecue and mop ribs liberally with the sauce. Ribs are done when you get a desired char.  The ribs should only take about 10-15 minutes on the BBQ.  Serves 4 – 6.  Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “Easy Barbecued Apricot Pork Ribs

  1. Lasuch w kuchni

    I have to say that ribs are not for me. No matter how good is the barbacue sauce ofrthe marinade or whatever that comes with ribs I still do not eat them. But I guess that I could do other meat types this style :-D

  2. mjskit

    What a great idea! I have some apricot jam in the fridge (not preserves, but I think the jam would work). Love the combination with the BBQ sauce! Still warm enough to grill so I need to pick me up some ribs!

    1. Tessa

      Hi MJ! I look at it this way… If you can still light the barbecue, it’s warm enough to barbecue! Apricot jam should work fine. I’m definitely going to experiment with other flavors.

    1. Tessa

      Hey Jen! The apricot preserves works fabulous with a store bought BBQ sauce. I need figure out how to make a homemade version of this. Thanks for stopping by and get better soon!

    1. Tessa

      Hi Alli! I’m going to miss the warm weather when BBQ’ing. I’m going to try your Mexican chipotle chili idea. Sounds great! Thank you!

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