Spice Rubbed Grilled American Bison Short Ribs with Orange Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
40 min
30 min
20 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons Spanish sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil, for brushing
  • 16 bone-in 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick flanken-style American bison short ribs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Orange Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce, for brushing, recipe follows
  • Orange Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup clover honey
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo puree
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Combine the ancho, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper in small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper, and then rub the spice mix onto the top of the ribs. Put on a baking sheet lined with aluminum or parchment. Let the ribs sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Heat a charcoal or gas grill to high for direct grilling. Brush the ribs on both sides with oil and grill, spice-side down, until golden brown and slightly charred, about 4 minutes. Flip and grill another 4 minutes. Brush with some of the Orange Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce during the last minute of grilling. Remove to a platter and brush with more of the sauce.

Orange Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce:

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the orange juice and zest and cook until slightly reduced.

Add the ketchup, honey, vinegar, chipotle puree, soy sauce, ancho powder and salt, and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

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