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Orange Honey Hoisin Short Ribs

Orange Honey Hoisin Short Ribs are succulent beef short ribs slow cooked in a bright Asian inspired sauce of orange honey and hoisin.

Recipe titled split image of beef short ribs in sauce on a blue plate garnished with green onions.

This post has been updated from its original October 21, 2015 publication with new content, re-edited photography, and clarified recipe card. This post was sponsored by Cox Honeyland and Gifts. I received Orange Honey  to create a recipe with, however all thoughts and opinions, glowing, gushing, or otherwise are 100% my own.

Short ribs are awesome. They are one of my favorite cuts of meat to work with. Try this Slow Cooker Italian Short Rib Ragu if you haven’t.

Top-down view of short ribs in a orange honey hoisin sauce garnished with scallions.

What are short ribs?

Short ribs can be cut from the brisket, chuck, plate, or rib areas. A short portion of the rib bone is overlain by the meat in varied thickness. The two most common cuts of short ribs are flanken and English cut short ribs.

What’s the difference between flanken style and English cut short ribs?

Flanken style and English cut are the two most common types of short ribs. There are others, but these are the two you’d more readily find in your local supermarket.

Flanken style short ribs are thin pieces of meat cut across the bone. Each piece or rib generally has three or four elongated oval-shaped sections of bone.

This style does great in a marinade and then cooked quickly on high heat or grilled. They can be braised as well.

Raw English cut short ribs on a white cutting board.
English Cut Short Ribs

English cut short ribs are cut parallel to the bone and are quite thick. There is only a single bone per rib.

This style can be packaged two different ways. Traditionally they are closer in shape to a fat rectangle. However, I most often see them as a fat square with a slight bone overhang.

This cut needs braising in order to be tender. Additionally, they tend to have a lot more marbling, producing a lot of renderings. This needs to be removed before serving.

Orange Honey Hoisin Short Ribs served on a blue platter.

What is the difference between short ribs and beef ribs?

While both given the name ribs, they are very different. Beef ribs are also known as spare ribs or back ribs. These are the ones you mostly commonly see as a rack of ribs or slab of ribs.

The cooking method for short and back ribs are different. Back ribs can be grilled, roasted, or braised. However short ribs require braising in order to be tender. They can be braised so they fall apart or just long enough that the meat still adheres to the bone and then can be grilled or pan seared for a nice crust.

Short ribs and roasted potatoes on matching blue serving ware.

How to make Short Ribs in the slow cooker?

Season all sides of the short ribs with a generous amount of salt, pepper, and granulated garlic (garlic powder will work, but if using garlic salt, reduce the amount of regular salt.)

Seared short ribs being seared in a skillet.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat then add cooking oil. Sear each side of the short ribs until they develop a nice brown crust.

Seasoned and seared short ribs in a skillet.

While these are searing or before, make the sauce. Combine ginger ale, hoisin, rice vinegar, garlic chili sauce, and orange honey in a pot.

Whisk to combine and bring to a high simmer either over medium heat.

Sauce of ginger ale, hoisin, rice vinegar, garlic chili sauce, and orange honey.

Once the short ribs are seared, place them in a slow cooker.

Seared short ribs in the slow cooker.

Pour the hot sauce over the short ribs in the slow cooker. Place the lid on and cook.

Short ribs braising in a crock pot with an Asian inspired sauce.

Once done, remove the short ribs and allow them to rest. Remove as much grease as possible, (there will be a lot) and serve over rice or over smashed roasted garlic potatoes. Garnish with fresh scallions.

Dutch Oven Short Ribs

This recipe can be made in the Dutch oven.

Season and sear the short ribs as instructed. The searing can be done right in the Dutch oven. Simply set the seared short ribs on a plate if working in batches, then return all to the Dutch oven. Pour the sauce over and place the lid on.

Cook for 5 hours on 250°F (300°F will do if your oven doesn’t go that low, check after 4 hours.)

Dual image of short ribs, one cooked on a blue platter and the other seared in the slow cooker.
Close up view of short ribs in an Asian inspired sauce.

Orange Honey Hoisin Short Ribs

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: Orange Hoisin Short Ribs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 876 kcal
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Orange Honey Hoisin Short Ribs are succulent beef short ribs slow cooked in a bright Asian inspired sauce of orange honey and hoisin.



  • 4 lbs beef short ribs 3-5 lbs
  • 1 tsp salt +/-, to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper +/-, to taste
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic +/-, to taste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Braising liquid

  • 20 oz ginger ale
  • cup hoisin
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp garlic chili sauce (sambal)
  • ½ cup orange honey
  • 2 oz green onions 2-3 medium


  1. Season the short ribs on all sides with the salt, pepper, and garlic.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, once hot, add the oil.

  3. Sear each side of the seasoned short ribs. (They may need to be cooked in shifts)

  4. Add to the slow cooker once seared.

  5. Over medium heat whisk together all the braising liquid ingredients in a medium sauce or larger.

  6. Pour the sauce over over the short ribs in the slow cooker.

  7. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, depending on the thickness of the ribs. (Can be cooked on high for 2½-3 hours, but not recommended).

  8. Garnish with green onions, serve, and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Dutch Oven directions:

  • Follow all the directions above except they can be seared right in the Dutch oven.
  • Cook at 250°F for 5 hours. 
Nutrition Facts
Orange Honey Hoisin Short Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 876 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 196mg65%
Sodium 1390mg60%
Potassium 1279mg37%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 54g60%
Protein 64g128%
Vitamin A 141IU3%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    LindY G Sherrod
    October 22, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I must try this recipe, yummmmmmie looking and I love cooking in my Crock Pot.

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      October 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      It’s a tasty recipe. Hope you enjoy it, Lindy.

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    Yolanda Dempsey
    October 22, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    I would love to try the Party Time Snack Stack Gift Pack.

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    October 23, 2015 at 12:08 am

    The creamed honey. But forget about it for a second because OMG these ribs are amazing!!!!!!

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    Alexandra Robertson
    October 23, 2015 at 6:54 am

    These are drool inducing for sure. I need to try these! I would love to try the creamed honey from them.

    • Reply
      October 25, 2015 at 1:50 am

      Thank you Alexandra.

  • Reply
    October 23, 2015 at 7:34 am

    That creamed honey sounds awesome!

    • Reply
      October 25, 2015 at 1:50 am

      Thank you Christine.

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    linda spiker
    October 23, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Beautiful! Pinned. BTW your raffle copter isn’t offering me a way to enter…

    • Reply
      October 25, 2015 at 1:52 am

      I have gone to it and it works on my end, what are you seeing?

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    October 23, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Oh my goodness, these ribs look gorgeously delicious!!

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    October 23, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Looks wonderful! I bet the flavors are great!

    • Reply
      October 25, 2015 at 1:53 am

      They were scrumptious.

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    Julie @ Texan New Yorker
    October 23, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Mmmm, I love short ribs – it’s the perfect season for them too! These look wonderful, and best of luck clearing up your allergies! Those are soooo annoying, I know.

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes
    October 23, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Love the orange and honey flavor combination on these delicious looking ribs!

  • Reply
    October 23, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I am a huge fan of honey for helping with allergies!! We go through so much honey in this house. I have never cooked short ribs before but this post is inspiring! I might have to give it a try. 😉 The flavors look amazing.

    • Reply
      October 25, 2015 at 1:54 am

      They are really simple to work with. Nothing to be afraid of at all.

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    October 23, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    The flavor of honey is dishes is really amazing. You can add sweetness without refined sugars, Local honey is awesome for allergies. So I’m a huge fan with several of my kids having seasonal allergies.

    I’ll never pass up creamed honey of any flavor. On a slice of toast or croissant…. there’ snothing better

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    The Food Hunter
    October 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I love working with raw honey in recipes

    • Reply
      October 25, 2015 at 1:56 am

      It’s a perfect natural sweetener.

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    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    October 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    My family would LOVE these! My boys are HUGE hoisin fans. they would probably eat it with a spoon if I let them 😉

    • Reply
      October 25, 2015 at 1:57 am

      Ew! But we all have our things. LOL.

  • Reply
    October 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I love short ribs. I will have to try your receipt they look so good.

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    Amy Stafford
    October 23, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I am a huge sucker for short ribs, I always order them when they are on the menu. Now I can enjoy them at home. Loving the sweet savory flavor comb.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    October 24, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    These short ribs sound amazing. I am a sucker for anything with hoisin sauce! But then you add honey, and all of that delicious honey…yum!

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    Cookin Canuck
    October 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I never had allergies before I moved to Utah (and I’m lucky that they’re still not bad), but they started creeping up on me this year. If honey works, I need to follow that game plan! These ribs look so melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

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      October 25, 2015 at 1:58 am

      Utah is just the worst, although they were pretty bad in Houston too. Give honey a try, find the makers closest to you.

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    eat good 4 life
    October 25, 2015 at 8:26 am

    These looks so juicy. My husband would totally love these ribs!

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    Healing Tomato
    October 25, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I have never tried orange honey. What an amazing concept. Must try it. Great recipe too.

  • Reply
    October 25, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    These look so yummy

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    Andi @ The Weary Chef
    October 25, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I love these fun photos! I’m really proud of you for this new partnership, and it sounds perfect for both sides!

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    Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen
    October 26, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Holy moly do these ribs look good! And what a fun giveaway, too!

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    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    October 26, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Oh my gosh those ribs look good and slow cooker to boot? Gotta love that!!

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    Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper
    October 26, 2015 at 11:06 am

    The honey almond popcorn sounds amazing!

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    October 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    These ribs look incredible! I have to try them!

    (And I’m entering the contest!)

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    October 27, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I’d love to have the 60 pound bucket of pure honey. It would last forever. 🙂

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      November 3, 2015 at 2:58 am

      Yes it would since it never goes bad.

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    Nancy Johnson Horn
    October 27, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    That looks delicious — I’d love to try the honey butter.

    • Reply
      November 3, 2015 at 2:49 am

      It really is delicious.

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    October 27, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    I will try these. I love short ribs. I use them for stew when I make it. They have more flavor than Chuck for stew. They hold together better, and are better marbled and just taste better.

    • Reply
      November 3, 2015 at 2:48 am

      Agree with you all the way around.

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    October 28, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    The Gourmet creamed honey!

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    October 29, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I love working with local companies. I love honey, and this recipe sounds yum!

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    October 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I love short ribs too!

    • Reply
      November 3, 2015 at 2:41 am

      Thanks for stopping by Jamie

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    October 30, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I love honey chicken but I haven’t tried it on ribs. Sounds delicious! And that flavored creamed honey sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      November 3, 2015 at 2:40 am

      I love honey chicken too, but this was so delicious.

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    November 3, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Pinned! Something I can serve for Thanksgiving.

    • Reply
      November 3, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Oh yum! It would be great for the holidays.

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    I think short ribs are my favorite cut of beef. Way more than steaks. So I love this recipe. I use hoisin a lot, but have never mixed it with orange. Great idea!

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