Succulent chipotle ribs

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10 min


6 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 8 minutes, Roasting Time: 120 minutes
Succulent chipotle ribs

Andreas Trauttmansdorff


  • 3 racks pork side or pork back ribs , about 2.5 kg
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup chili sauce , see tip below
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 215-mL can whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Slice each rack of pork into 3- or 4-rib portions. Place in a shallow roasting or broiler pan. In a medium-size bowl, stir orange juice with chili sauce, honey and 1 tbsp (15 mL) adobo sauce. Finely chop 4 peppers, including seeds. Mince garlic. Stir both into sauce along with salt. Pour over ribs and turn to evenly coat. Tightly cover pan with foil. Roast in centre of preheated oven 1 hour.
  • When ribs have roasted 1 hour, remove pan to a heat-resistant surface. Uncover and turn ribs. Baste with sauce in pan. Then continue roasting, uncovered, basting and turning ribs occasionally until they’re glazed and fork-tender, about 1 more hour.
  • Remove ribs from pan to a large platter. Cover with foil. Pour sauce into a wide frying pan. Skim off as much fat as you can and discard. Bring sauce to a boil over medium heat. Boil, stirring often, until sauce is thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour over ribs or serve as a dipping sauce. Ribs are great warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 687,
  • Protein
  • 48.2 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.2 g,
  • Fat
  • 40.1 g,
  • Fibre
  • 3.1 g,
  • Sodium
  • 1175 mg.

Old-fashioned chili sauce spiced up with smoky, fiery chipotle peppers makes a delicious sauce for ribs. Cans of chipotle peppers packed in adobo sauce are sold in many supermarkets.

Shopping Tip

Chili sauce is a chunky ketchup-like sauce made from tomatoes, onions, green peppers and seasonings. Look for it near the condiments in your supermarket.