Tested till perfect Apple Butter Ribs

Apple Butter Ribs

Apple butter is a dark, thick, fat-free apple spread that, combined with apple cider and cider vinegar, adds gloss and fruitiness to the ribs.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: June 2005

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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  • Portion size 4


  • 3 lb 3lbpork back ribs or pork side ribs, centre cut removed

Apple Butter Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupapple butter
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupapple cider or apple juice
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspcider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspDijon mustard
  • 1 tsp 1tspcrumbled dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt


Pour enough water into shallow roasting pan to come scant 1/2 inch (1 cm) up side. Cut ribs into 2-rib portions; place, meaty side up, in single layer in water. Cover and steam-roast in 325°F (160°C) oven until meat is tender, 75 to 90 minutes. Transfer to large glass baking dish, discarding cooking liquid.

Apple Butter Marinade: In bowl, whisk together apple butter, apple cider, vinegar, mustard, sage and salt. Remove 1/4 cup (50 mL) and reserve for basting on grill. Brush remaining marinade all over ribs. Cover and refrigerate ribs and reserved marinade for 4 hours, turning and brushing ribs with marinade in dish at least once. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Place ribs on greased grill over medium-high heat; brush with any marinade left in dish. Close lid and grill, turning at least once and basting with reserved marinade, until browned and glossy, 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 540 pro 34g total fat 36g sat. fat 13g
carb 19g fibre 0g chol 84mg sodium 400mg

% RDI:

calcium 3 iron 12 vit A 1 vit C 2
folate 5
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