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Strawberry Brandy BBQ Ribs and Sauce

Adaptation of a California Strawberry Commission Recipe (with permission)

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Prep Information

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

180 minutes


4-5 people


  • Strawberry Brandy BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon California Garlic Olive Oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and chopped
  • 2 lbs. California strawberries, cleaned and halved
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam plus 1/3 cup Strawberry Balsamic Condimento
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • BBQ Ribs
  • 2-4 racks baby back ribs, skinned, extra fat removed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup apple juice, placed in a squirt bottle
  • Strawberry Brandy BBQ sauce (see recipe on the right)


  • Strawberry Brandy BBQ Sauce
  • To a large sauce pot over medium heat add the California Garlic Olive Oil, shallots, garlic and jalapeño. Cook until they just start to caramelize.
  • Add the strawberries and brandy. NOTE: Be careful to stand back when adding alcohol to heat as it might flare up. Cook until the alcohol has reduced by half and then add all remaining ingredients. Turn the heat down and cook slowly for about 30-45 minutes until the strawberries are broken down and the flavors have really started to combine.
  • Once combined, remove from heat and use an immersion stick blender to blend until smooth. Use more water to adjust the consistency, if needed. If you don't have an immersion blender, use a blender.
  • Once cooled, pour into a container for storage. Good for 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • Ribs
  • Preheat the grill, smoker or oven to about 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place ribs on a rack and sprinkle both sides evenly with salt and pepper.
  • Start cooking slowly, spraying with apple juice every 15 minutes to keep the ribs sweet and moist.
  • After about 1-1/2 hours, start basting the ribs with the Strawberry Brandy BBQ sauce every 15 minutes. As the sauce contains sugar, we don't want it to get too dark (burn). If, at any point the ribs start to get dark, simply cover the meat with aluminum foil.
  • Continue cooking for another 30 minutes or so, until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.
  • Enjoy!
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