Passion for Pork

Maple Fig Pork Marinade & Sauce

Sharman - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I had a girl’s weekend planned at the cottage and, of course, knew I would have pork on the menu. I had a rack of ribs in the freezer and was torn on what to dress them up with.

I had scored a bottle of maple syrup as part of a Canadian-themed gift pack I got in a tacky Christmas exchange, and was inspired to make something sweet and delicious to top the ribs with. I looked at a few recipes on line and came up with the following (basically what I could find in my cupboards) – a super easy marinade that I used as a marinade and topping for my girl’s weekend pork ribs.

Pork Side Ribs with Maple Fig sauce

Maple Fig Pork Marinade


  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ½ cup dried figs
  • ½ cup soup stock



  1. Bring ingredients just to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and when sauce is cool, puree with hand blender.
  3. Use as marinade or sauce topping for your next serving of pork ribs, tenderloin or chops.

I thought the sauce was so good I used it to dip my ribs in!