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

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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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 

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.