Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

by Alli

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Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs are tender, flavorful, and delicious. 

I love a good party, especially a birthday party and there’s a big one on the horizon. I’m not talking about my birthday in August. It’s not really a biggie since I’ll still be 39 and holding!

I’m talking bigger than that! I’m talking fireworks, Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs, and Red, White, and Blue everything! We will be celebrating our nation’s 244th birthday (if I did my math correctly) on the 4th of July and at my house, it’s time to get the party started. 

Blackberry Glazed Grilled ribs

Cooking and planning the tablescape are two of my favorite activities. Since our 4th of July party will take place outside, I’ve got the cutest (and easiest) patriotic centerpiece ever. Click here for my Easy DIY Patriotic Centerpiece.

Let’s jump right into my family’s favorite summertime entree.

Ingredients You’ll Need For Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • salt
  • Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs
  • fresh blackberries (or frozen)
  • KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons Tobasco Hot Sauce

How To Make Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

Grilled ribs are a given for our 4th of July celebration. My family and friends would be disappointed if I served any other entree. Since blackberries are at their peak here in South Carolina, I like to make Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs.

Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

Mix together cumin, chili powder, and salt in a small bowl.

Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

Rub the mixture into ribs and let sit on the kitchen counter for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile . . .

Get the Grill Going

It’s so easy to grill ribs! Before heading to Walmart for Smithfield Fresh Pork, I check to make sure I have everything I need to grill, including Kingsford® Match Light® and the ingredients for my Blackberry Glaze.


Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

Form a pyramid of 30-40 charcoal briquettes. Light the briquettes with a long match or a grill lighter. Spread the briquettes out once they are mostly covered with gray ash.

Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

We like to grill ribs over indirect heat by using a drip pan (filled halfway with warm water) on the side under the grate where the ribs will cook. Spread the briquettes on the other side.

Place the rack of ribs bone side down over the drip pan, close the grill cover, and grill for one hour. Turn ribs and grill for another hour. Ten minutes before removing the ribs from the grill, brush with the Blackberry Glaze. Serve the remaining glaze as a dipping sauce.

Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

Blackberry Glaze

Mix together the blackberries, KC Masterpiece, honey, and Tobasco sauce in a blender. Puree until almost smooth.

How to Make Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

Strain the blackberry puree through a sieve into a medium saucepan.

After pouring the blackberry puree into the sieve, mash down with a spoon several times to make sure all the good stuff gets through and all that’s left is the blackberry seeds. Discard the seeds.

Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

Cook, stirring often, for five minutes. Keep warm.

Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

My husband declares my Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs the best ever! He has already put in his request for these ribs again next weekend.

Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

Yield: 3-4 servings

Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

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Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs are tender and full of flavor.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries (or frozen)
  • 1 cup KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons Tobasco Hot Sauce


  1. In a small bowl, mix the cumin, chili powder and salt together. Rub into the slabs of ribs.
  2. Grill ribs for approximately two hours. Place the rack of ribs bone side down over the drip pan, close the grill cover and grill for one hour. Turn ribs and grill for another hour. Ribs are done when the internal temperature reaches 195º F.
  3. Ten minutes before removing the ribs from the grill, brush with the Blackberry Glaze.
  4. To make the glaze: Mix together the blackberries, KC Masterpiece, honey, and Tobasco sauce in a blender. Puree until almost smooth. Strain the blackberry puree into a sauce pan and discard the solids left in the sieve.
  5. Cook puree over medium heat for about five minutes, stirring often.
  6. About 10 minutes before the ribs are done, brush with enough of the blackberry puree to coat.
  7. Serve with remaining blackberry puree.


Pork is done when the internal temperature reaches 145º F. However, ribs are best when cooked to 195 - 203º F.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 353Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 13mgSodium 1481mgCarbohydrates 74gFiber 6gSugar 62gProtein 6g

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Originally posted June 2017, updated June 2021


Robin rue June 20, 2017 - 6:22 am

Ribs just scream summer to me. We only make them in the summer time when we have the grill up and running. I can’t wait to try this glaze!

Rose Cottrill June 20, 2017 - 6:50 am

I am so doing it when my blackberries in the garden ripen up. This ribs looks so delicious!

Franc Ramon June 20, 2017 - 7:42 am

I actually love ribs and this one gets a unique and tastier flavor with the blueberry glaze. This can really be such a mouthwatering meal.

Alli June 20, 2017 - 12:55 pm

I didn’t know how my husband would react to a blackberry glaze, but he declared it the best glaze he’s ever had and he has eaten ribs all over the world! 🙂

Christy Maurer June 20, 2017 - 10:09 am

Oh, that glaze looks so good. I love blackberry anything! I remember when it was the 200th birthday of the USA which isn’t possible since I’m 39 too!

Alli June 20, 2017 - 12:54 pm

Forever young! 🙂

Sarah Bailey June 20, 2017 - 12:27 pm

Now I never would have thought of using blackberry’s as a glaze – I’m not very good at thinking out of my small box with cooking, but what an interesting idea.

Anosa June 20, 2017 - 1:57 pm

I feel the only way I could enjoy a replica of this glazed grilled ribs is if I came over to yours and you made it again. It’s party season for sure and I am inviting myself to yours 🙂

Lisa June 20, 2017 - 4:17 pm

My daughter LOVES ribs and blackberries. She would be in heaven if I made this. I am definitley pinning this for our fourth cookout!

Pam June 20, 2017 - 7:19 pm

That glaze looks delicious. Ribs are one of my favorite cookout foods, so this recipe is calling my name.

Claudia Krusch June 20, 2017 - 7:44 pm

These ribs look amazing. I have been looking for new recipes to try for my BBQ in a few weeks. I will have to give this a try on the weekend.

Maurene Cab June 21, 2017 - 1:15 am

Ooh. I’m thinking of preparing anything grilled this holiday. This is a great recipe that I should give a try.

Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place June 21, 2017 - 3:47 am

That looks amazing and it would be nice to give it a try! I think it’s a must when you’re hosting a dinner party during the 4th! It’s definitely going to be a hit.

rika June 21, 2017 - 3:50 am

Looks delicious! I love BBQ, never had blackberry sauce before! I’d love to try this!

Jaime Nicole June 21, 2017 - 6:53 am

Ribs are one of my favorite summer time treats! I love the addition of the blackberry sauce – it looks like the added sugar really helps to carmelize the ribs- YUMMMM!!!

zan June 21, 2017 - 10:16 am

The ribs look delicious! I love the blackberry sauce addition. I usually pick up a pint or two of blackberries in the stores but we eat them quickly before they go bad or as a sauce for breakfast toppings!! Your parties are always amazing and it’s great that you can always do things like this for your family. Love the red, white, and blue planter!!

Claire June 21, 2017 - 11:35 pm

Beyond ? delicious! I am absolutely blown away by this combination!

LaShawn June 22, 2017 - 12:28 pm

Hmmmm, my husband wants to do ribs for The 4th of July, and I want something different. I have never thought about using blackberries! Hmmmmm

Nikka Shae June 22, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Ribs are such a great dinner option! These looks so good!

Terri Beavers June 22, 2017 - 7:55 pm

Oh my gosh, I just got some fresh blackberries so your post couldn’t have come at a better time. I want to try your recipe this weekend for my cookout. I’m sure it will be amazing.

daniel boykin June 23, 2017 - 7:37 am

those blackberries grow wild in my backyard i just gave them a shot of miracle grow when your recipe showed up my grill stays hot in north carolina

Kristen from The Road to Domestication June 23, 2017 - 2:52 pm

These look delicious!!! Gonna see if I can talk my hubby into firing up the grill this weekend!

Lori July 4, 2017 - 4:39 am

I recently discovered that I like ribs. I actually have some in my fridge right now and I was looking for a special recipe. I’ll try this one! The glaze sounds really interesting!

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