BBQ Ribs with Blackberry Sauce

BBQ Ribs with Blackberry Sauce. A mouthwatering easy barbecue recipe with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Summer is the best time for backyard grilling and taking a break to enjoying friends. With the upcoming holiday, I had to share this amazing barbecue ribs recipe my friends served up this weekend!

I rarely cook barbecue ribs, because I haven’t found a sauce that I really love. But after trying these melt in your mouth ribs, now I’m hooked! The blackberry sauce is very easy and creates a blend of sweet and tangy flavors that will make you say mmmm!

Whether you make ribs or not, you have to try the sauce! It would be amazing on chicken as well.

BBQ Ribs with Blackberry Sauce. A mouthwatering easy barbecue recipe with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Blackberry barbecue sauce is simply made by blending the fruit with honey, fresh ginger, brown sugar and ketchup in a food processor.

You’ll love the blackberry, fresh ginger and honey combination over the salty meat. I you like spicy food, be sure to add your favorite hot sauce.

My friends smoke their ribs for several hours, so these photos were taken of juicy smoked ribs. Since I don’t have a smoker, my recipe is for a regular cooker or gas grill. I highly recommend smoking your ribs if you can! You can add wood chips to a regular grill for the same smokey flavor.

BBQ Ribs with Blackberry Sauce. A mouthwatering easy barbecue recipe with a sweet and spicy sauce.

We had mac and cheese with salad for the perfect backyard dinner!

I’m very thankful for friends who are great cooks!! I’m always there to take photos and share with you:-)

I hope you enjoy this yummy recipe as much as me!

BBQ Ribs with Blackberry Sauce
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Serves: Makes about 1½ cups of sauce
  • 1 (4 to 5 pound) Rack Pork Spareribs
  • 1½ cups Fresh Blackberries
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • ¼ cup Ketchup
  • ¼ cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Fresh Ginger
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • Salt to Taste
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  1. Make Sauce by combining all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until blackberries are smooth.
  2. Place mixture in a sauce pan and simmer on medium heat, stirring occasionally about 10-12 minutes until sauce thickens. You can also microwave on high for about 8 minutes.
  3. Place ribs on grill over indirect heat, meaty side up and turn as needed until well browned, 45-50 minutes. Keep lid closed.
  4. Baste the top of the ribs with half of the sauce. Turn ribs over and cook about 10 minutes until sauce thickens. Baste top of ribs with remaining sauce, turn over and cook 10 minutes longer.
  5. Serve with fresh blackberries.
• For a spicier sauce add your favorite hot sauce.

** For indirect heat, build the fire on one side of the grill so that one side is hot and the other isn't. On a gas grill, light only one burner.

Recipe inspired from the Sauceless in Seattle recipe by Dan Peters.


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About Amy Locurto

Amy is a creative mom of two and graphic designer. When she's not working on Living Locurto, she's busy designing Printable Party Supplies and working on I Heart Faces, her photography blog. Find Amy on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram.


  1. It looks soooo good!! Thanks for sharing it with us!


  2. Oh my god! Totally mouth-watering! NEED IT NOW 😉

  3. This sounds freaking AMAZING!


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