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Pork Ribs with Rub and Blackberry Chipotle Glaze

Yield: 1 Rack of Ribs for 2-4 people

Ingredients for rub:

1 rack baby back ribs

1 1/3 Tbsp paprika

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 Tbsp Blackberry jam or preserves (sugar free ok)

1 tsp Ancho chili powder (which is milder and sweeter than other chili powders), or Cayenne Chili powder (spicier), or chili powder of choice

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

½ Tbsp regular chili powder

Yield: About ½ cup

Ingredients for Blackberry Chipotle Glaze:

2 Tbsp Flying Olive Chipotle Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2/3 cup diced onion

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tsp chopped chipotle chilies in adobo sauce , seeds removed (Fellow wimps: Surprisingly, this does not make them spicy but omit if you don't like any spiciness, add more as desired)

2 packages (6 ounces each) -5 berries, fresh blackberries. Set the 5 berries aside for garnish

1/2  cup Flying Olive Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

½ tsp salt

Garnish:

2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

5 fresh blackberries

Directions for Spice Rub:

Rinse and pat dry ribs. Mix paprika, black pepper, jam, Ancho chili powder or chili powder of choice, salt, garlic powder, and regular chili powder in a small bowl until well blended. (Hint: put on gloves!) Rub spice mixture well into each side of ribs. Place ribs in a giant zip lock bag or on flat baking sheet covered with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.

Directions for Blackberry Chipotle Glaze:

Heat Flying Olive Chipotle EVOO in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook onions 4 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in chipotle chilies and adobo sauce and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add blackberries, Flying Olive Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar, sugar and salt, stir until blended. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer 35 minutes or until reduced to about ¾ of a cup. Remove from heat. Carefully, pour into a blender or food processor with a clean towel over the opening. Puree until smooth. Strain mixture by pressing it through a sieve to remove seeds. This makes about ½ cup after straining mixture.

Directions for Grilling Ribs:

Oil or spray the grate. Pre-heat the grill on medium-high.. Brush both sides of ribs with the Blackberry Chipotle Sauce. Turn grill down to medium and place ribs over indirect medium heat (turn off heat under ribs and keep the other side on. Place a fireproof pan, such as aluminum, filled with water over the direct heat side) Cook ribs for 20 to 25 minutes on the first side.

Turn ribs over and baste every 10 minutes. Repeat and turn ribs two to three times as the ribs cook through. When the meat pulls away from the bone, the ribs are done. Take ribs off the grill and allow them to rest for 10 minutes under a piece of loose aluminum foil. Sprinkle ribs with cilantro and fresh blackberries, cut and serve.

Inspired by a Driscoll's Berries Recipe

Submitted by Barb L.