Zinfandel-Glazed Ribs

Zinfandel-Glazed Ribs

Recipe courtesy of Villa San Juliette Vineyard & Winery

Enjoy your summer BBQ with this delicious recipe for zinfandel-glazed ribs. 

Zinfandel is a bold, spicy, and fruity red wine that pairs well with grilled meats. Its jammy flavors and peppery notes complement the smoky sweetness of the ribs. For the perfect pairing, serve your grilled zinfandel-glazed ribs with a glass of Villa San-Juliette 2020 Zinfandel. The VSJ Zin exhibits balanced structure, medium tannins, and flavors of dark berries and spice.

Grilled Zinfandel-Glazed Ribs:

Zinfandel glazed ribs


2 racks of baby back ribs
1 cup zinfandel wine
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Preheat your grill to medium heat.
In a medium saucepan, combine the zinfandel wine, ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir well and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes until it thickens slightly.
Season the racks of ribs with salt and pepper. Place them on the preheated grill and cook for about 20-30 minutes per side, or until the meat is tender and cooked through.
During the last 10 minutes of grilling, start basting the ribs with the zinfandel glaze, turning and basting every few minutes to build up a nice sticky coating.
Once the ribs are fully cooked and glazed, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes.
Cut the ribs into individual servings and serve hot with any remaining glaze on the side.


Visit Villa San Juliette on the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail in Paso Robles Wine Country.

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