We love ribs.  They’re great on the grill and in the oven, and are something you can make nearly year round.  It’s always a little awkward for me to eat them at my desk, but it’s worth it.  These ribs were inspired by the leftover apricots we had in the house from our cooking at the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund’s Baconpalooza.  Our apricocity didn’t take the prize, but it was an awesome time with new and existing friends.

apricots in a blender

2 C dried apricots
1 C water
1 Tbsp liquid smoke
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 Tbsp minced, roasted garlic
10 lbs cut St. Louis style pork ribs


Preheat oven to 375ºF.

blending ingredients for pork ribs glaze

Blend apricots with liquid smoke, garlic, and cayenne in your food processor, adding the 1 cup of water at 1/4 cup increments.  Blend until smooth.

pork ribs tossed with spicy apricot glaze

Toss ribs with apricot puree in a large roasting pan.  Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour, stirring the ribs every 15-20 minutes.

baked ribs

Uncover, and place on baking sheets.  Roast another 10-15 minutes.

final ribs ready for eating

Serve alone, or with a delicious side salad or two.


  1. Hi,
    I plan on making this today. When you say 1/2 Tbsp of “minced roasted garlic,” do you mean to use garlic that has been slow roasted in the oven for an hour or fresh garlic. I just need to know if I need to plan extra time to roast the garlic first. Thank you! This will be the first recipe that I make from your website and I’m very excited! 🙂


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