Sweet Cranberry Honey Mustard Sauce

I am not a Southern girl by birth, but I still love a finger-licking ribs hot off the grill. I make my ribs with an updated version of a traditional bar-b-que sauce.

This Sweet Cranberry Honey Mustard Sauce is the perfect sophisticated sauce that everyone will love.
Sweet clover honey is laced with a grainy balsamic mustard and cranberry conserve.

It makes a less sweet, more savory sauce that would also be great to serve with grilled ribeyes or made into a warm potato salad vinagrette by adding a splash of extra virgin olive oil and snippets of fresh chives.

However you use this versatile sauce, it is perfect for a quick summer sauce from the pantry, made in minutes!

Sweet Cranberry Honey Mustard Sauce

3/4 cup clover honey
1/2 cup Balsamic Mustard
1 cup Cranberry Conserve

Mix all ingredients together with a whisk until well blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.

PS: I am not the expert on ribs, but here is how I cooked mine, in case you are interested.

Baked, Grilled, Roasted Ribs
Ok, so it seems like a tedious process, but I would have skipped the last step had a tornado not threatened the neighborhood and cut the grilling short! So, if the weather is good and the grill is hot, make that your second and final step in the cooking process.

1 rack pork loin ribs
2 yellow onions
2 tsp. Tuscan Rose & Pink Peppercorn Aromatic Savory Salt
1 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
2 cups Sweet Cranberry Honey Mustard Sauce

Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line sheet pan with tin foil to cover bottom of pan. Allow enough extra tin foil to fold up sides.
Place rack of ribs on foil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Slice onions into 1/4 pieces and scatter on top of ribs. Fold up sides of foil and seal tightly. Cook for 2 to 2 -1/2 hours, or until ribs are tender, but not quite yet falling off the bone.

Remove from oven, carefully open foil {beware of the steam} and remove ribs onto a platter. Pour any pan juices from the cooking into the sauce and baste the top of the ribs.

Place on a hot grill bones side down and cook for a few minutes until seared. Turn ribs over and bast with more of the sauce. Cook for about 6-8 minutes or until a nice, caramelized crust has formed. Turn over once more and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until done. If ribs need more cooking, put back into oven and cook until done.

Serve with grilled, buttered corn and plenty of napkins!

Buon appetito!
copyright 2008 Alisa Barry


the italian dish said...

Wow, I've been looking for an alternative for barbeque sauce for ribs, and this looks great! I'm going to try it. I've never heard of balsamic mustard. I'll have to start looking...

Alisa Barry said...

thanks, Elaine.
we sell Balsamic mustard at our retail store.