Savory Rhubarb Cherry Sauce Recipe for Pork Chops or Ham

You can sure tell it's spring in Minnesota this week. This is my second blog post with rhubarb and there will be more coming within the next couple weeks! First I stared off with something sweet, Rhubarb Dump Cake. This recipe for Rhubarb Cherry Sauce is actually savory and is a great topping for a ham steak or pork chops. Maybe even chicken breasts? It is actually very easy to make and has great flavor. I would recommend trying this if you are a rhubarb lover. It's a great change from the typical desserts that I associate with rhubarb. Enjoy!

Rhubarb Cherry Sauce (print recipe)

What you need:
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3 tablespoons sugar
pinch of nutmeg
1 teaspoon olive oil
salt and pepper

In a small bowl, combine cherries, balsamic and hot water. Let stand 10 minutes to soften. 

In a small saucepan, heat olive oil over over medium heat and add onion. Saute onion for about 10 minutes or until tender. Add cherry mixture, rhubarb, sugar, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until rhubarb has softened, about 5-10 minutes. Serve with grilled ham steaks or pork chops. 


  1. Wow what a great sauce, I would never have thought of using rhubarb in a recipe like this, what a great idea! The cherry/rhubarb/pork or ham combination sounds awesome!

    1. Thank You!! It is such a great flavor combo with the pork. I just love the hint of sweetness with the salty!

  2. I'd love to eat this right out of the bowl! It looks delicious...Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  3. Sheena, this is a great sauce! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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