Zesty Orange Glazed Ribs

Zesty Glazed Ribs (4 servings)

Ribs are a commitment, but they are a pretty darn tasty one. This is a delicious recipe for both a homemade rub and sauce that will leave your company begging you for more. I paired it with cauliflower rice and a simple side salad for a well rounded Paleo dinner.  


  • 2 (1 1/2 – 2 pound) racks of pork baby back ribs

For the Dry Rub

  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper


For the Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 chopped green onions
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos (paleo & gf substitute for soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons honey


  1. Loosen and remove the membrane on the back side of the ribs and place on roasting pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, rub onto ribs and then refrigerate for an hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F and cook for about 1.5 – 2 hours or until meat is tender and flaky.
  4. Prepare sauce for glaze by combining ingredients in saucepan and bringing to a boil.
  5. Let boil for about 7 minutes until liquid is reduced by half and then brush the ribs with the sauce.
  6. Broil for 3-5 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and ribs are crispy.



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