The Very Best Mashed Potatoes & Ribs

These two together are not only a fantastic “stick to your ribs” kind of meal, but a definite must try!

December 30, 2014 | | Food | Main Dishes | Recipes | Winter 2014 Recipe Contest

These cheesy BBQ garlic mashed potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to these tender juicy ribs made from an old family recipe and then baked with a homemade sauce! These two together are not only a fantastic “stick to your ribs” kind of meal, but a definite must try!

The Very Best Mashed Potatoes & Ribs

Recipe submitted by: Kimberly Hebden



Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

3 hours



  • 1 lb. potatoes, peeled
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
  • splash of milk (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. molasses
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 lb. short side ribs (pork)
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or beef stock
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1 large can apple juice
  • 2 med. onions, quartered
  • 7-10 garlic cloves, smashed


  2. Cut potatoes (not too small or they will become too watery for mashing) and cook in salted boiling water until tender.
  3. Mix BBQ sauce and milk with the vinegar.
  4. Drain potatoes, place them back into the pot they boiled in on the stove over low heat to get rid of any excess moisture.
  5. Mash potatoes to desired consistency with butter and BBQ sauce mixture.
  6. Next fold in garlic powder and cheese, stirring until cheese has melted. (Or, you can heat the milk, BBQ sauce & vinegar over a med. heat in a small saucepan, and once it has reached a boil, remove from heat and stir in the cheese until it has fully melted.)
  7. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Enjoy with the Saucy Ribs Recipe!
  9. Cut ribs into sections (desired length). Place ribs in a large pot with apple juice, onion and garlic. Pour in cold water (just enough to cover the ribs). Boil the ribs for 1 1/2 hours.
  10. While ribs are boiling, combine vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce in a med. bowl. Whisk well to combine thoroughly. Preheat oven to 300'F. Once ribs have finished boiling, remove them from the apple juice mixture (discard mixture).
  11. Season ribs with salt, pepper and paprika. Pour one third of the sauce into the bottom of a roasting pan and place the ribs on top. Cover with the remaining sauce. Pour the wine and the stock oven the ribs, cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour. Remove foil, flip the ribs over and bake for another 30 minutes or until very tender and sauce has thickened. Enjoy with Cheesy BBQ Mashed Potatoes Recipe!


CHEESY BBQ GARLIC MASHED POTATOES: The original recipe did not specify what kind of cheese to use, so in my opinion, use a nice sharp cheese if possible. The original recipe did not specify what kind of BBQ sauce to use, so feel free to use one of your favourites. The original recipe did not call for a splash of milk, but I thought that it adds a creaminess to the potatoes.

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