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Sticky Smoky Lamb Ribs

By April 27, 2019 May 1st, 2019 No Comments

Sticky Smoky Lamb Ribs will surely be a hit, whatever the occasion.

The sweetness of the honey and orange, balanced beautifully against the paprika and chilli, giving the lamb ribs a warm smokey flavour no one can resist.

Here is a classic for SCD and Paleo Diet lovers! Yes even with the honey. Lick your fingers and enjoy!


Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 1.5 hours to 2 hours (excluding 8 hours marinating time)



  • ¼ cup Olive oil
  • ½ cup Honey
  • 3 Garlic cloves – crushed
  • 3 tsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Smoked Sweet Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Cider Vinegar
  • Zest from one orange
  • Juice from one orange


  • 1.5 kg/3 lb (2 racks) lamb spare ribs


  1. Put all of the ingredients for the marinade into a bowl and whisk together until well combined.
  2. Place the ribs into a large plastic bag and pour over the marinade.
  3. Seal the bag pressing out excess air. Place into the refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F
  5. Remove the ribs from the marinade, setting aside the marinade, and place the ribs into a shallow baking dish.
  6. Then cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour on the middle rack of the oven.
  7. Meanwhile place the marinade into a heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Cook until reduced by half.
  8. Discard the foil from the lamb, pouring off excess fat, and brush with the glaze. Bake for 10 minutes then turn the ribs,
  9. Brush again with glaze. Repeat twice, in 20-minute intervals. Use the entire glaze, and be generous!
  10. Once done, remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Then cut into individual ribs and enjoy.


A note of warning.

The glaze is prone to burning so keep an eye on the glaze. But just in case the glaze gets burnt, clean the pot with the following:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 vinegar

Cleaning steps:

  1. Bring all to a simmer and cook (attended) for 15 minutes. Then turn off heat and let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Pour the water into the sink and gently begin scraping the burnt bits off with a large metal spoon.
  3. Finally, use a gentle abrasive pad to finish cleaning.

Follow up for more by Sandra Ramacher at the Healing Foods Cookbook


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