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Chipotle Cherry Spare Ribs

Sweet and smoky Chipotle Cherry Spare Ribs are slow cooked with a dry rub, then finished in the most delicious farm fresh cherry sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Farm to Table


  • 1 large rack spare ribs
  • 6 oz. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

Chipotle Cherry BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic minced
  • 2 cups dark red cherries pitted
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes such as Cento
  • 1 tbsp. molasses
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. dry yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. chipotle in adobo sauce


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Remove membrane from back side of spare ribs.
  • Rub both sides of spare ribs with Dijon mustard.
  • In a small bowl, combine smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Rub mixture over both sides of spare ribs.
  • Place spare ribs, meat side up, in a sheet pan. Cover with foil. Place in preheated oven. Reduce heat to 225 degrees. Cook for about 3 hours, more or less depending on the thickness of your spare ribs. Remove from oven, slather Chipotle Cherry BBQ Sauce over spare ribs and broil until bubbly, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven, let rest, then enjoy!

Chipotle Cherry BBQ Sauce

  • Sauté onion and garlic in butter over medium heat.
  • Add remaining ingredients, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth.