Orange Honey Hoisin Short Ribs – Beef short ribs slow cooked in a bright Asian inspired sauce of orange honey and hoisin.When I first moved to Cache Valley, my allergies went OUT OF CONTROL. I was told that the valley is just a horrible place to live if you have any type of allergies to pollen. I don’t know what I am allergic to, I’ve never been tested, I just roll with the “you have seasonal allergies” that my doctors have diagnosed. It’s never bothered me enough to do that testing where they narrow it down to exactly what I’m allergic to.
It was suggested I buy some local honey to help. So I did. I have no clue if it worked or not, but I surely enjoyed the honey. I was also excited to learn that my then-favorite foot cream was sold in their gift store, saving me a trip to Salt Lake every time I need to replenish my stock. I loved this foot cream and it was worth the drive, but luckily, a 180 mile round trip venture was not needed.
I’ve since broken up with the foot cream, their quality decreased, but my love for local honey has only grown.
This post is sponsored by Cox Honeyland and Gifts. As part of my on-going relationship with them, I received Orange Honey to create a recipe with, however all thoughts and opinions, glowing, gushing, or otherwise are 100% my own. They are also sponsoring the giveaway below.
When the opportunity arose to work with Cox Honeyland and Gifts…well, I got sweet end of that deal. Too corny? Sorry. They are located right off Highway 89 when you first enter town. If you aren’t looking, you could miss them, as they are an unassuming building just along the side of the road. But inside that humble building lies a treasure trove.One thing you might not know about me, I love stationary stores, office supply stores, and gift stores where there are knick knack and other such cute things. Cox Honeyland and Gifts is like a mecca for me with seasonal knick knacks, local food products, and natural ingredient beauty products.
While you can pick up regular honey, honey in the raw, flavored honey, honeycomb, and every type of product using honey as a base at the gift store, they also an amazing array of gift baskets. There are pre-made ones for every occasion, holiday, and event, but they also are fully customizable. Their website allows you to pick a pre-made themed basket. However, you’ll need to call the store in order to customize it, as the good folks over at Cox Honeyland and Gifts want to make sure you get every item exactly like you want it.
You all know I don’t bake all that often. I’ve been trying to make a cake recipe for 3 weeks now and just can’t get my mind set to the task. But using sweet things in savory dishes…well that’s just this side of heaven for me. This orange honey was going to be used savory and I was leaning towards an Asian flavor profile.
I created a beef and green bean stir fry recipe. It was really good but I felt the natural flavor of the orange honey was lost. While chatting with my friend Matthew about what I could do next, he suggested using the orange honey with hoisin on short ribs. He was spot on.
I took his hoisin and short ribs suggestion and built out my recipe from there. I wanted a flavorful liquid to braise in and while orange juice seemed logical, I didn’t want that orange flavor to complete with the delicate orange subtleties of the honey. I wanted to add ginger to my recipe but then thought ginger ale might be wonderful as a braising liquid, or at the very least it would tenderize perfectly.
My friends, these ribs were amazing, most had fallen off the bone when I pulled them out of the slow cooker. The flavor was rich, deep, and the orange subtleties in the honey remained. The braising liquid was drinkable, if you’re into such things.
Orange Honey Hoisin Short Ribs
- 3-5 lbs Beef Short Ribs
- 20 oz ginger ale
- 1/3 cup hoisin
- 3 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp garlic chili sauce (sambal)
- 1/2 cup Cox Honeyland Orange Honey
- 3 green onions; diced for optional garnish
- Black pepper and cooking oil for searing
Pan sear the seasoned short ribs in oil on all sides.
Add to the slow cooker.
Over medium heat or double boiler method, whisk together the vinegar, ginger ale, sambal, orange honey, and hoisin sauce until the honey has melted into the sauce.
Pour the sauce over over the short ribs.
Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours, depending on the thickness of the ribs.
Garnish with green onions, serve, and enjoy.