Apple Maple Pork Ribs

Sweet and saucy, these delicious ribs can be enjoyed any time of year. Using a slow cooker is a fuss free way to tenderize the ribs and they can be finished quickly on the grill or in the oven.


20 m.


4 to 6 servings


3 h. 15 m.


1 bottle (375 mL)
Nanny Hudson's Gourmet Homestyle Ketchup
1/2 cup (125 mL)
prepared apple butter
1/4 cup (50 mL)
maple syrup
3 tbsp (45 mL)
prepared yellow mustard
2 tbsp (30 mL)
cider vinegar
cloves garlic, minced
4 lb (2 kg)
pork baby back ribs
1/2 tsp (2 mL)
each salt and pepper
large onion, thickly sliced
4 cups (1 L)
apple cider or unsweetened apple juice, warmed


  • 1 Combine ketchup, apple butter, maple syrup, mustard, vinegar and garlic in a saucepan; bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until thickened. Carefully, transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. (Makes 2 cups/500 mL sauce.)
  • 2 Slice ribs, between the bones, into 3 to 4 rib portions. Season all over with salt and pepper. Arrange ribs in a slow cooker. Scatter onions over top. Whisk 1 cup (250 mL) of the sauce mixture with the apple cider; pour over ribs. Cook on High, turning ribs once, for 3 hours or until ribs are very tender but not completely falling off the bones. Remove ribs to a tray (discard cooking liquid).
  • 3 Preheat the grill to medium; grease well. Grill ribs, basting with remaining sauce and turning often, for 15 minutes or until saucy and caramelized.


  • 1 To finish the ribs in the oven. Preheat the broiler to high but set the rack to middle. Arrange the ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet; brush with sauce and broil, turning occasionally and basting often, for 15 minutes or until saucy and caramelized.
  • 2 The ribs can be braised ahead; transfer the cooked ribs to a deep container and spoon over some of the cooking broth to keep them moist. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • 3 This sauce is equally tasty on chicken breasts or thighs prepared on the grill.

Nutritional Information per Serving (1/6th recipe)

Calories: 321 | Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 90 mg | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Fibre: 0 g | Sugars: 16 g | Protein: 37 g | Sodium: 572 mg | Potassium*: 652 mg

Excellent source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B12 and zinc.

*Some ingredients used in the analysis do not provide potassium information, so the potassium mg per serving may be undervalued.

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