Rockin' Baby Back Ribs Sauce Recipe -
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Rockin' Baby Back Ribs Sauce

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"This is a watermelon based barbecue sauce that is very similar to a recipe used at a well known restaurant. Great for baby back ribs! You can either serve this sauce on the side, or baste the ribs with it while you barbecue them."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 hrs

    5 hrs 45 mins


  1. Cut the melon flesh into chunks, and discard the rind. Place the chunks in a large saucepan over medium heat for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally, or until the melon is the consistency of applesauce.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste, onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, sherry, lemon juice, and liquid smoke. Reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 2 hours. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature before using.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 22, 2003

We used this sauce as part of a Watermelon Theme Party (Fresh Watermelon, Watermelon Margaritas, Watermelon Sorbet, etc.) and it was a huge hit! Substitute this for any rib, chicken, pork glaze/marinade...its great! Soak ribs in this overnight, use more to cook in the oven over low (300 degrees) heat in foil for three hours, and baste over hickory chips for 15 minutes for perfect, mouth watering, falling-off-the-bone ribs!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 05, 2005

I have been cooking a LONG time. This recipe was not good! I should have realized, watermelon is almost pure sugar to begin with, but then to add 2 cups!!! of sugar...what a disaster!!!


8 Ratings

Jul 14, 2003

We had this recipe over the weekend on some was GREAT!!...everyone loved it and has requested the recipe

Aug 29, 2002

The barbecue sauce is quite sweet and sticky, but it has an exceptional flavor. Even though it takes about 5 hours to make, I gave it an overall rating of 5, because of the flavor. Delicious!!!

Jul 17, 2003

Since I retired, I have become the cook in our household. I like to try different things. This has good flavor, a little too sweet, but not worth the time and effort it takes. I followed the recipe exactly, measuring everything. The consistancy comes out like glue. It is going to take about 3 hours to clean my barbeque tomorrow. There are so many better, faster, easier barbeque sauce recipes on the web.

Aug 29, 2002

overall a very good flavor, however be forworned this is not an all purpose sauce its more like a glaze, but that aside its well worth trying

Sep 18, 2011

I love sweet barbeque sauces (and my son is allergic to corn, so any storebought sauces with hfcs are not an option for us), so I was really excited to try this recipe. What a huge disappointment - it was cloyingly sticky sweet, with way too much artificial smoky flavor. If I were to make it again (which I won't), I would start by leaving the liquid smoke out. And cutting the brown sugar down a bit. But even with those changes, I don't think it would be that great, and definitely not worth the work involved. I have found other from-scratch BBQ sauce recipes that take less work and are much tastier.


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  • Calories
  • 701 kcal
  • 35%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 170.8 g
  • 55%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 2.4 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 4.8 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 6.7 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 377 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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