These Italian sausage-spiced baby back ribs have a wonderful flavor, which is further highlighted by the spicy, sweet, and tangy orange glaze . Serve them up at your next game day party or potluck.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
2 hrs 40 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
4 hrs
Servings:
8
Yield:
2 racks
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

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  • Combine fennel seeds, black pepper, sugar, garlic salt, kosher salt, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

  • Place rib racks on the prepared baking sheet; cut several shallow slits in the membrane along the backs of the ribs with a sharp paring knife. Rub fennel seed mixture on both sides of ribs.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours. Flip ribs and bake until a fork inserts easily between the bones, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Set aside to cool completely, about 1 hour.

  • Combine brown sugar, orange juice, vinegar, orange zest, and hot chile paste in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.

  • Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  • Cut rib racks into individual ribs; toss with glaze in a large bowl until evenly coated. Place ribs on the prepared baking sheet. Reserve any additional glaze in the bowl for basting.

  • Bake glazed ribs for 5 minutes. Flip, brush with remaining glaze, and bake until browned, 5 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

436 calories; protein 32.8g 66% DV; carbohydrates 13.7g 4% DV; fat 28.1g 43% DV; cholesterol 127.6mg 43% DV; sodium 1562.1mg 63% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2013
I made these in my Showtime Rotisserie (about 1 1/2 hours). Divine! I don't use garlic salt so I swapped that for garlic powder. One tablespoon of Kosher salt was plenty. I ground the fennel seeds in my mortar as done in the video. The recipe doesn't mention this. I used Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce which is HOT but the heat balanced out nicely with the sweetness of the sugar and orange juice. Everyone loved these and they didn't last long! Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2013
These are sticky and spicy tasty bites. The recipe does not state to crush the fennel seeds - I don't like whole fennel seed so I crushed mine and then watched the video to see Chef John crushing the fennel. As for the cooking method, it left the ribs a little drier than we like. Next time I would season them and double wrap in foil and cook low and slow as directed - then glaze and finish in the oven or on the grill. Overall, very good flavor, a little on the spicy side. Watch the amount of chili paste if you don't want them too spicy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2013
I made these in my Showtime Rotisserie (about 1 1/2 hours). Divine! I don't use garlic salt so I swapped that for garlic powder. One tablespoon of Kosher salt was plenty. I ground the fennel seeds in my mortar as done in the video. The recipe doesn't mention this. I used Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce which is HOT but the heat balanced out nicely with the sweetness of the sugar and orange juice. Everyone loved these and they didn't last long! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2014
It does have the flavor of sausage. We loved it. I used all the ingredients as stated except for the amount of glaze. I was only making one rack of ribs but I made enough glaze for 2 racks and I am glad I did. I never would have had enough if I had cut that in half. The rub being cut in half for the 1 rack was fine. This is a keeper. Can't wait to try it on friends to see the expression on their faces when they taste it. Thank you submitter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2016
OMG these are so good! My fiancé loved these! I thought the orange glaze would be odd but it's perfect with the fennel. The only complaint I have is that the ribs were a tad bit dry. I'll do as another reviewer suggested & cover the ribs with foil while they cook for the first 1 1/2 hours. I served the ribs with twice baked potatoes & a green salad. Comfort food! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2017
we really enjoyed this but felt like the sauce overpowered the sausage flavor.. i suggested to bf making the sauce again and using it on chicken wings.. he agreed.. i used sriracha for the chile garlic sauce and added some pinot grigio as i reduced the sauce a little too much.. still tasted great.. ty for the recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2015
These are awesome just the way Chef John posted them. The only deviation I made was that I couldn't find hot chili paste so I substituted chili garlic sauce. I've already made it twice in the last 2 months and have ribs waiting that I bought last night. Thanks for the recipe Chef. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2014
This recipe is a cracker! Huge success on first try - family loved it and the ribs went fast! Followed the instructions diligently - used a little more cayenne pepper than suggested - it was delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe - our July 4th gathering was a blast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2018
This was a great alternative to the traditional way ribs are done rub and bbq sauces. This going to be the new favourite go to recipe. I served these with home made fries. Excellent Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2015
I made this for everyone out and the lake and it was a hit. I only made the recipe with half the chili paste for the kids but still delicious. If you like a saucier rib (as I do) I would suggest making 1.5 - 2 times the glaze. Will definitely make again with extra glaze! Read More
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