Honey-Orange Bison Back Ribs


Bison ribs are simmered until tender, marinated in a honey-orange sauce, then grilled and served with more sauce.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 5 mins
6 servings


  • 5 pounds bison back ribs, cut into 2- to 3-rib portions

  • 2 (12 ounce) bottles chili sauce

  • 1 ½ cups orange juice

  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded orange zest

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place bison back ribs in a 4- to 6-quart pot. Cover with water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1 hour or until tender. Drain; cool for 30 minutes. Place bison back ribs in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish.

  2. For marinade, combine chili sauce, orange juice, orange zest, onion, vinegar, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Pour 3 cups over the bison back ribs. Marinate bison back ribs in the refrigerator for 4 to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally. Cover remaining marinade; chill until needed. Drain bison back ribs; reserve the drained marinade for brushing on ribs while grilling.

  3. For charcoal grill, arrange preheated coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Place bison back ribs on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through, brushing once with some of the drained marinade; discard any remaining marinade used for brushing. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium-high. Adjust for indirect grilling. Grill as above.)

  4. Place the reserved marinade (not used for marinating or brushing) in a medium saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes; pass with bison back ribs.


Note: Recipe developed and tested by the Better Homes and Gardens(R) Test Kitchen using High Plains Bison products.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

263 Calories
3g Fat
23g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 601mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 35mg 177%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 639mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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