Cherrylicious Glazed Ribs

This recipe would probably work with Cherry Coke or Dr. Pepper, but if that Southern staple CheerWine is available in your neighborhood, that’s what will give it that uniquely cherry taste. Use two big disposable foil pans for this messy recipe. Serves 4

For the ribs:

2 tsp. kosher salt

2 tsp. light brown sugar

1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

1 tsp. chili powder

4 lbs baby back pork ribs

4 c. Cheerwine


For the glaze:

1 1/2 c. Cheerwine

1/2 c. cherry jam

1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 c. apple cider vinegar

1/4 c. tomato paste

1/4 c. dijon mustard

3 tbsp. soy sauce



Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, mix together salt, brown sugar, black pepper, and chili powder. Rub all over ribs. Divide ribs between 2 large disposable aluminum roasting pans, being sure to place the slabs in meat side up. Pour 2 cups Cheerwine into each pan, and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Roast ribs, switching pans’ positions halfway through cooking, until very tender, about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

While ribs cook, prepare the glaze. In a medium-size saucepan, whisk together Cheerwine, jam, brown sugar, Worcestershire, vinegar, tomato paste, mustard, and soy sauce. Set over medium heat. Let cook, whisking occasionally, until reduced and syrupy, about 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside.

Remove ribs from oven when tender. Remove foil and ribs from pans; pour fat and remaining liquid out of pans and discard. Carefully arrange for oven rack to be about 8 inches from broiler (no closer); preheat broiler. Brush ribs all over with prepared glaze and return to pans, meat side up. Broil for about 5 minutes or until lightly charred. Serve with extra glaze on the side.