Apple Sage Pork Ribs

I prepared a very ‘ad hoc’ version of this dish not long ago and it turned out quite nicely so I thought I would share. On that occasion, I didn’t pay too much attention to the quantities of the various ingredients – just adding according to whim – but I think I have caught the original with this recipe…

The Ingredients

  • 5lbs large Pork Ribs;
  • ½ tsp Salt;
  • 1 tsp Sugar;
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste;
  • 1 tbsp. dried Sage;
  • ¼ cup Apple Sauce;

First, toss the ribs with the salt and sugar in a large bowl and leave to sit for 15 or 20 minutes. The ribs will throw off a little liquid and you should drain this away. Now, mix in the garlic paste and sage, followed by the apple sauce, stirring well to make sure the ribs are well coated. Leave to marinate in the fridge overnight.

When you are ready, pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees and place the ribs in a single layer on a baking pan. Bake them, turning once, for about 30 – 40 minutes, or until golden, then finish off under the broiler just to add a little more color and crispiness to the edges. Allow to rest for a few minutes covered in foil before serving.


The first time I made this I used a bit more sugar and that actually helped the apple flavor to shine a little more. You may wish to increase the 1 teaspoon I have used here. I made this with a view to serving it in small appetizer portions but you could also serve more ribs per person along with suitable trimmings for a main course as well. I have actually  been thinking of doing a more complex dish using cabbage and perhaps some other veggies in a casserole type preparation along with the ribs… I’ll report any developments in due course.




  1. I’m glad you decided to share and I definitely like your thinking about combining it with cabbage for a main course.

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