Cherry based bbq sauce or what would you use?

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Meat Mopper
Original poster
OTBS Member
Feb 6, 2006

I was given some nicely seasoned cherry wood.

So I thought I would do a few racks of ribs to see what it tastes like.

Does anyone have a cherry based sauce or does someone have a sauce that goes well with cherry wood for ribs?

Take care,

I used cherry on my last ribs ... never heard of a cherry sauce though ...
I think I'd start with a cherry liqour and look for a cherry ice cream topping or such and experiment with that ...
Just found a commercial product that uses cherry jam, honey, molasses, spices and some mustard.
Hope that helps ...
I think my favorite wood is cherry. This past weekend my husband and I split smoking duties. I used T-Bones recipe for a sauce that had applesauce in it...It came out excellent. We had a little contest type thing and I won over my husbands recipes!

Here's the link to the recipe

For a cherry based sauce I would go with a cherry liquor, maybe a Kir. Maybe even get a kool-aid unsweetened cherry flavored pack and use that in your rub recipe. You would get the cherry flavor for sure. Spritz with cherry juice. I have a jar of sour cherry preserves, you could probably mix that in with a sauce...
Thanks for the replies.

That one T-Bone has looks good.

Any other sauce recipes that go good with cherry wood and ribs?

Take care,

I really like cherry wood too. As for sauce, I couldn't tell you. Im sure you'll figure some thing out. Good luck.
Hey Brian,
If you follow that link Debi put in her reply, they have a cherry applesauce, that might go well with the recipe for T-Bones sticky apple ribs. Come to think of it, there are a lot of flavored applesauces that you could use in a que sauce, (peach, etc...)
i usually prefer cherry wood for my smokes. i've been using some sweet birch lately with some really good results. as far as a sauce try a base sauce with crushed marichino cherries i don't have any recipes but but i have been thinking on something with them in they sound like they would be dynamite on poultry.
One thing you could try is what I call cherry extract.

Cherry Extract.

1 cup of fresh or frozen cherries
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 cup of rum
2 cups of water

Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 25-30 mins.
Strain and let cool for an hour.
Add to favorite sauce.
I've added marichino cheeries and juice to my BBQ sauce before with good results - carmelizes nicely. Pomegranite juice is good to especially on pork. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.