Baby Back Ribs with Citrus Glaze

I was not feeling it today at work, so my mind wandered to some old recipes I haven’t tried in a while.  I don’t think I’ve made this exact recipe in 10 years.  I love barbecue ribs, but rarely have the patience to properly slowcook them.  I don’t know why, it’s basically wrap them up and put them in the oven and ignore them for several hours.  This recipe really stands out because of  the citrus glaze which I’ve used on chicken, as well.  I think for a quick dinner it would work on pork chops without too much effort.  Coat chops with Chinese 5-spice, grill on one-side and turn, then brush with glaze and finish grilling.  Glaze again before serving.

Not too early to start planning the July 4th menu so here is the original rib recipe:

Baby Back Ribs with Citrus Glaze

  • 4 to 6 slabs baby back ribs, about 10 – 12 ribs per slab
  • Chinese five spice powder
  • salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Foil

Season the ribs liberally on both sides with spices. Place the ribs on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes per side. Remove the ribs from the grill and allow to cool (or if you prefer, you can broil them, 5 minutes per side).

Preheat the oven (or grill) to 325 degrees. Wrap the ribs in foil, tightly,  and then wrap in another layer of foil, place on a baking sheet or directly on grill, and bake for 2 hours. Remove the ribs from the oven and allow to cool while still wrapped.

Prior to serving, spoon the Citrus Glaze (see recipe below) over the ribs, liberally coating both sides.  Serve with remaining glaze.

4 – 6 servings

Citrus Glaze

  • 12 oz orange juice concentrate, not diluted
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 of a 7-ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, pureed in the blender or finely chopped (more or less depending on the heat you desire)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup sugar

In saucepan combine  ingredients and cook over medium-high heat until the sugar has melted and the sauce has reduced to half and coats the back of a spoon, about 20 minutes.  Careful, you’ll have to stir frequently and watch to make sure it does not boil over or burn.

Btw, the original glaze recipe comes from Emeril (here) and calls for 8 cups of sugar.  I played with it until I came up with this citrus glaze, because I just couldn’t make anything that called for 8 cups of sugar.  Seriously, 8 cups.  That’s 2 cups per person. Cannot even wrap my head around it, but if you make it and love it, drop me a note here.

UPDATE: So I gave up on work and decided to bring work home and work here this afternoon.  That means I could actually make the recipe tonight.

The ribs are in the oven and the glaze is on the stovetop bubbling away.  I stir it every once in a while, but I seem to have it at a steady low boil requiring little more from me than I be in the same room with it.  I did a couple of tweaks, instead of soy sauce I used a 1/4 cup of soy sauce and 1/4 cup Ponzu since I had it on hand and it’s a citrus sauce and at the end I added the juice of 1/2 lime and then since I had the other half sitting there, I used that on the ribs before I seared them.  Also, I pureed the peppers with a bit of the orange juice to make it easier.  I froze the other half of the peppers in a plastic container.

4 thoughts on “Baby Back Ribs with Citrus Glaze

  1. Hah, dueling rib recipes! I have some spare ribs and baby back ribs out in the charcoal grill right now. A largish Boston butt in the oven, bare, at 225ish. I’ll stick a thermometer in it after 5 hours or so.


  2. “A largish Boston butt” – you really shouldn’t be talking about my arse, Mr. J.

    Yes, but do you have awesome citrus glaze? Huh, do ya?! Can’t have too many rib recipes with the 4th coming up fast. Can’t wait for yours, since you’ll no doubt have awesome photos. Everyone take note, mine look that good, too 😉


  3. Quick recipe update. I changed the sugar amount to 1 cup. I wanted to make sure reducing it from 2 cups to 1 cup would still give us the glaze consistency, which it did. I think with 2 cups it would have been too sweet. Right now it’s the perfect balance between sweet and heat. If you’d like more heat, just add some more peppers.


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