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Cointreau Ribs

Great for summer BBQs or any time.
Prep Time17 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Marinating Time8 hours
Total Time9 hours 47 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cooking with cointreau, July 4 BBQ, Memorial Day cookouts, orange dry rub, ribs for grilling
Servings: 4
Calories: 519kcal


  • 2 lbs pork baby back ribs

Dry Rub:

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbs smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp dehydrated orange zest
  • Pinch of cayenne

Orange BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbs cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs molasses
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp honey


  • Mix dry rub ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
  • Prepare ribs by removing the membrane covering the bones. Pat ribs dry and cover them with the dry rub. Place on a tray then refrigerate, uncovered, overnight.
  • Place BBQ sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and stir well. Heat over medium-low heat until mixture boils. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes until sauce is reduced to a ketchup consistency. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • To prepare on the grill--wrap ribs in heavy-duty foil. Heat the grill to medium-high heat on one side. Place ribs on UNLIT side and cook for 90 minutes.
  • To prepare in conventional oven--wrap ribs in foil as above and cook in a preheated 350F/180C oven for 90 minutes.
  • To finish with sauce--remove the ribs from the foil, brush generously with the sauce and cook over direct heat until sauce caramelizes; about 5 minutes each side. If you cooked them in the oven, place under the broiler until the sauce caramelizes.


For EU/UK--poultry seasoning is a blend of sage and thyme primarily. Equal portions of each is a good substitute or you could use all thyme or all sage to your taste.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 7483mg | Potassium: 739mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 1092IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 3mg