Orange-Chipotle Ribs

Orange-Chipotle Ribs

Sweet orange and cooling cilantro temper this addictively smoky chipotle sauce.

Orange-Chipotle Ribs
Yields: 4 servings
  • 1⁄3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 (2 1⁄2-pound) racks baby back ribs
  • Orange-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro
  1. In the container of a blender, blend brown sugar, orange juice, chipotle peppers, chili powder, salt, and cumin until smooth.
  2. Prepare ribs as directed, spreading with brown sugar mixture (see Rib Tips).
  3. Grill ribs as directed, brushing with Orange-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce (see Rib Tips). Serve with reserved 1⁄2 cup sauce. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Orange-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Yields: 1⅓ cups
  • 3⁄4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1⁄3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1⁄4 cup honey
  • 1⁄4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from chipotle peppers)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  1. In the container of a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Reserve 1⁄2 cup sauce for serving. Cover, and refrigerate up to 3 days.
— Rib Tips —
To PREPARE: Using a sharp knife, pierce thin membrane on back of ribs. Peel to remove; discard. (Use a paper towel to get a better grip.) Season as directed. Cover ribs with plastic wrap; refrigerate 8 hours or up to 2 days.

To GRILL: Spray grill rack with nonstick nonflammable grilling spray. Preheat one side of grill to medium heat (300° to 350°). Place ribs on opposite side of grill, meat side down. Grill, covered, over indirect heat, 1 hour, brushing ribs with sauce every 30 minutes (if using). Turn ribs over; cook until very tender, 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours more, brushing ribs with sauce every 30 minutes.




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