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Orange Balsamic Glazed Ribs Recipe

Tender baby back ribs glazed with a sweet and tangy orange-balsamic sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Marinating Time8 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 609kcal
Author: Judy Purcell


  • 4 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 6 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary , crushed or chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 oranges , zested and juiced
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • water , red wine, or beer

For the Glaze:

  • 3 oranges , zested and juiced
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 clove garlic , coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons tapioca flour , or organic cornstarch


  • Cut ribs into 5-6 rib sections to easily fit in a gallon sized bag. Mix garlic, salt, rosemary, thyme, pepper, cayenne, orange zest, and sugar; rub evenly over meaty part of the ribs. Place ribs in a resealable bag and pour balsamic and orange juice over the ribs. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator 6-8 hours.
  • Remove ribs from refrigerator about an hour before placing in the oven to bring to just above room temperature.
  • Heat oven to 350°F
  • Remove ribs from marinade, place on a rack inside a roasting pan in an even layer. Discard marinade. Pour 1 cup of water, wine, or beer (any one of these will work, depending on what you have on-hand) in the bottom of the roasting pan. Tent and tightly seal the pan with aluminum foil -- tented so the foil isn't touching the ribs.
  • Bake for 2 1/2 - 3 hours, until ribs are tender and a fork easily pulls the meat from the bone. Make the glaze while the ribs are baking.

For the Glaze:

  • In a saucepan, combine the juice and zest from three oranges, 1 cup balsamic vinegar, and sugar; bring to a simmer. Simmer to reduce for about 30 minutes, add garlic and crushed red pepper; continue to simmer about 15 minutes to meld flavors. Taste and adjust sweetness with more sugar or spice with more crushed red pepper. Strain sauce through a fine sieve and return to the saucepan. Mix tapioca flour with a teaspoon of water and add stir into the sauce over medium heat until thickened -- the sauce should coat and cling to the back of a spoon. Set sauce aside until ribs are done and ready to glaze.
  • When ribs are done, remove from pan and place on a cutting board to cool enough to slice between bones for individual ribs. Keep the oven on.
  • Dip or brush each rib on all sides with the sauce and place the ribs on a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet. Once all the ribs have been glazed, return to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes to re-warm the ribs and set the glaze. Return the sauce the stove to reheat and bring to a boil, then transfer to a small bowls to serve along with the ribs at the table.
  • Remove the ribs from the oven, transfer to a platter, and serve with the remaining sauce.


As the ribs bake in the oven, there is plenty of time to prepare the glaze, allowing it to reduce on the stove to desired consistency.


Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 1390mg | Potassium: 746mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 59.7mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 3mg