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These beef baby back ribs with a maple orange glaze is perfect for any New Year’s party or any time.
The Perfect Glaze For Ribs: Maple And Orange
Maple and orange are wonderful flavors when combined.
You have the tartness of citrusy orange offsetting the sweet maple syrup. And this glaze also introduces a little heat via Sriracha. However, if you don’t like a touch of heat, leave it out; they’ll still be delicious. On the other hand, if you belong to the “some like it hot” group, then add lots more! As always, taste the glaze using the minimum amount of heat if you’re using the Sriracha then add more if you feel it needs it.
Instant Pot Or Oven
There are so many methods for making these maple orange glazed ribs–or any others–that you can choose the one you’re most comfortable with.
For myself, in the winter I use the oven method for obvious reasons. In the summer, I switch to my Instant Pot. Actually, the Instant Pot is a boon if you want your ribs fast. Your time investment is roughly 15 minutes.
For slow cookers, I recommend cooking on high for maybe 5 hours minimum. When I use this method, I don’t add any water because then they will roast.
The method you use to do the initial cooking is totally up to you and if you use liquid in your crock pot, then by all means add it. The ribs all end up at the same point for the final touch.
Also Good With Pork Baby Back Ribs
I’m lucky that I can find beef baby back ribs in one of my local stores. They come cryopacked just like the pork ribs.
However, if you can’t find the beef baby back ribs, then pork baby back ribs will do just as nicely.
And these can be made with beef short ribs too–you just have to cook them a bit longer so they’re tender enough to eat.
Maple Orange Beef Ribs
- 3 lbs 2 slabs beef baby back ribs
Maple Orange Glaze:
- 1/2 cup maple or pancake syrup
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp Sriracha
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Mix all glaze ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Oven method: Lay ribs on a rack and bake at 325F/160C for approximately 60 minutes or until tender. Leave ribs in baking tray.
- Instant Pot Method: Place ribs in the insert, add 1 1/2 cups water, seal and cook on high pressure for 15-18 minutes. Release pressure immediately and remove ribs to a baking dish.
- Preheat oven to 500F/250C or use broil setting. Set oven rack to top position.
- Brush ribs with most of glaze and place in the preheated oven. Cook for around 5 minutes or until glaze begins to bubble. Remove from oven, cut into individual ribs and brush with remaining glaze if desired.