Apricot Chipotle Pork Ribs


With the perfect mix of sweet and spicy, one messy bite will convince you this is the best pork ribs recipe. After a quick shift under the broiler, this chipotle pork recipe can be prepared in your slow cooker.

Apricot Chipotle Pork Ribs
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 20 mins


  • 3 pound pork loin back ribs

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • ½ cup bottled chili sauce

  • ½ cup apricot preserves

  • 2 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 - 2 chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce, chopped*


  1. Preheat broiler. Cut ribs into 1- or 2-rib portions. Sprinkle lightly with salt and black pepper. Place ribs on the rack of an unheated broiler pan. Broil ribs 5 to 6 inches from the heat about 10 minutes or until brown, turning once. Transfer ribs to a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker.

  2. In a small bowl stir together chili sauce, apricot preserves, brown sugar, and chile peppers. Pour over ribs in slow cooker.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Transfer ribs to a serving platter. Transfer sauce to a small bowl; skim fat from sauce. Pass sauce with ribs.


Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

314 Calories
11g Fat
27g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 314
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 472mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Protein 25g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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