Sweet Orange Basil BBQ Sauce Ribs Recipe

Homemade Sweet Orange Basil BBQ Sauce on Ribs

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After the first week or two of summer, cookouts all feel the same. Someone brings hot dogs, and someone smashes burgers on the grill until they’re dried out. Someone else brings a half-wilted salad or slices of mealy watermelon.

By late July, I like to mix things up a bit, so I bust out my Sweet Orange Basil BBQ Sauce and slather it on ribs. You can practically hear the sighs of relief.

The Secret to Tender Ribs

For the most tender ribs, start them 300° oven double-wrapped in foil for 2 hours. This gives the fat time to render and the meat fibers time to loosen.

Then baste them with the Sweet Orange Basil BBQ Sauce and finish them off on the grill.

No grill handy? That’s fine — you can cook ribs entirely in the oven and still get that delicious, caramelized flavor by bumping up the heat after they’ve been through the low and slow cooking.

What to Serve With These

Swapping side dishes keeps your backyard cookouts feeling new and exciting every time. Here are some of our family’s favorites:

What do you think: Is a homemade Orange Basil BBQ Sauce on ribs a nice change of pace or what?

Sweet Orange Basil BBQ Sauce Ribs Recipe with homemade sauce

Sweet Orange Basil BBQ Sauce Ribs

Tender fresh pork ribs slathered with a thick, sweet citrus and herb barbecue sauce that stands out from the crowd.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 698kcal
Author: Katie Berry
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner, meat, pork


  • Oven rack
  • Sharp knife
  • Aluminum foil
  • Blender - or food processor
  • Sauce pan
  • Basting brush
  • BBQ Grill - optional


For the Ribs

  • 3 lbs. pork ribs
  • salt
  • pepper

For the Sauce

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cubed


Start the ribs in the oven (par-bake):

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F. Position a rack in the center.
  • If needed, remove the membrane from the ribs by lifting a corner with the tip of a knife and slowly pulling it free. Season the ribs on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Place the ribs meaty side up on a baking sheet lined with foil. (Cut the slabs in half if necessary to fit.)
  • Cover the baking sheet with a double-thickness of additional foil, crimping it well at the edges.
  • Bake the ribs low and slow at 300°F for 2 hours.

Make the Orange Basil BBQ Sauce

  • While the ribs bake, make the homemade BBQ sauce by combining the remaining ingredients (except for the cubed butter) in a blender or food processor. Transfer this to a sauce pan and simmer it for 15 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
  • Remove the bbq sauce from the heat and stir in the cubed butter until fully incorporated. Let it cool.
  • When the ribs have baked for 2 hours, open the foil and baste both sides with the sauce.

To grill:

  • Grill over medium direct heat for 15-20 minutes basting repeatedly until done.
  • Remove from grill. Let rest 5 minutes then brush with additional sauce, slice and serve.

To make ribs entirely in the oven:

  • After the par-baking step, remove the ribs from the oven and position the rack 3-4 inches from the top. Turn the broiler to medium-high.
  • Remove the foil from the ribs and baste them with sauce. Broil for 3-4 minutes, until the sauce begins to caramelize.
  • Remove from oven and let them rest for 5 minutes, then brush with more sauce, slice and serve.


Note: Serving size is 6 oz. of ribs per person.


Serving: 1person | Calories: 698kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 809mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1226IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg
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