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We enjoy highlighting recipes that coincide with the change of seasons.  Since Summer is officially in full swing - we're sharing our sweet and savory BBQ sauce recipe AND baby back ribs.  They were created using our own freshly pressed Apple Juice by our very own family chef, Chef Rhonda Barsotti.  When it comes to food – we don’t mess around!  Chef Rhonda is a culinary trained graduate from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, where she graduated with honors.   We hope you enjoy this summertime favorite.  And remember - our special blend lemonades are the perfect compliment to any BBQ!


Chef Barsotti’s Apple Juice BBQ Sauce
© Recipe
   ... goes great with chicken or baby back ribs!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


1 cup Barsotti apple syrup (1/2 gallon of Barsotti’s apple juice reduced to 1 cup; NOTE ... Do this in advance as it can take 2 hours to reduce the juice to syrup)
1/3 cup bacon, finely diced
1/2 cup peeled and finely diced Fuji apple
1/3 cup finely diced onion
1 cup ketchup
2/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

In a large saucepan cook bacon until crisp, remove from pan and strain off all bout 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. Add apple and minced onion to the bacon fat. Sautee until soft and well caramelized. Add the ketchup, rice vinegar, apple syrup, cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic powder, crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until it thickens slightly. Stir it often. If desired, puree in a blender or food processor. Allow to cool, then pour into sterilized glass bottles. It will hold for up to 4 weeks under refrigeration.

BONUS RECIPE:  Sizzling Summer BBQ Ribs With Sweet and Natural Apple Juice


Three Racks of Baby Back Pork Ribs (chicken can be substituted)
Garlic Powder
One Half Gallon (64oz) of Barsotti's Freshly Pressed Apple Juice
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees

Place the ribs in a roasting pan – meat side down, overlap if needed. Pour the apple juice in the pan, just so it barely covers the ribs. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil - make sure it seals good and tight around the edges. Place in the center of the oven, for approximately 2.5 hours (less time needed if cooking less than 3 racks of ribs). After baking time, remove from oven - keep covered, start your grill. After grill is warmed up, brown each side of the ribs on the grill (approx 5 to 7 minutes per side), adding BBQ sauce if desired. Enjoy!



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