Honey-Sweet Onion Ribs

Posted February 10, 2012 by Millgate
This sweet-tart and slightly spicy sauce is finger licking good on Millgate Farm Heritage Berkshire Pork ribs. It definitely tantalizes the taste buds. Serve the ribs with charcoal grilled vegetables, a tossed green salad and crusty bread. It also makes great pulled pork when using a bone-in pork shoulder roast from Millgate Farm. Rub the shoulder roast with the rub, then put in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes until well browned. After browning, put roast in a slow cooker with the sauce and let it finish cooking overnight.

  • Prep Time :
    40 min
  • Cook Time :
    90-120 min
  • Ready Time :
    2 hour, 10 min




  • 3 TBSP Brown sugar, packed
  • 2 TBSP Paprika
  • 2 TBSP Garlic powder
  • 1-2 TBSP Black pepper, coarse grind or substitute 2 TBSP Millgate Farm Steak and Berger Seasoning.
  • 2 tsp Cumin,ground
  • 2 tsp Dry mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 1/2 to 4 lbs. Millgate Farm Heritage Berkshire Pork loin back ribs

Remove the thin membrane from the rib side before applying the rub. Cover and chill for 2-24 hours.

  • 1 TBSP Vegetable oil
  • 1 Onion,medium,finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato sauce, 8 oz. can
  • 1/3 cup Beer, regular or nonalcoholic
  • 1/4 cup Ohio Honey
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 TBSP Vinegar
  • 3 TBSP Reserved prepared rub


  1. Prepare the rub, stir together brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, pepper, cumin,dry mustard and salt.
  2. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the rub, sprinkle remaining rub over both sides of ribs, rub in well.
  3. Place ribs in a baking dish, cover and chill 2-24 hours.
  4. Prepare the basting sauce to brush on ribs for the last 5 minutes of grilling.
  5. To prepare sauce, heat oil in saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Sautee onion in hot oil until tender and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in tomato sauce, beer, honey, Worcestershire Sauce, vinegar and reserved 3 tablespoons rub.
  8. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until sauce is reduced to 1  1/2 cup.
  9. Set sauce aside while grilling pork loin back ribs.
  10. To prepare grill,  place medium hot coals around a drip pan. (For a gas grill, preheat to medium hot, adjust for indirect cooking and roast ribs in a roasting pan).
  11. Place ribs, bone sides down over drip pan.
  12. Cover and grill for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until ribs are tender.
  13. Brush ribs with sauce the last 5 minutes of grilling.
  14. To serve, cut ribs into portions.
  15. Pass the remaining sauce and extra napkins!


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