5. Cocoa-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

Cocoa-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

And since chocolate makes such a great rub, why not try it with other cuts and kinds of meat? Summer's finally getting close, ribs are a summertime favorite … you see where I'm going with this, right? Of course, once you try this recipe, you'll be wanting ribs all year round, not just in warm weather. Again, if you like culinary experimentation, make your own rub and incorporate the cocoa powder into it.


⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup light brown sugar

3 tbsp. ancho chili powder

2 tbsp. kosher salt

2 tbsp. granulated onion

1 tbsp. granulated garlic

1 tbsp. dried oregano

1 tbsp. dried mustard

2 tsp

. dried ginger

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground allspice

2 racks (3 lb.) pork baby back ribs


Mix cocoa, sugar, and spices together in a bowl. Rub ribs generously with spice mixture, and wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight.

About 2 hours before you plan to serve the ribs, remove them from the refrigerator and allow the ribs come to room temperature. Heat oven to 375°. Place ribs in a shallow roasting pan; bake until tender, about 40 minutes. Increase oven to 450° and transfer ribs to a baking sheet with a wire rack; bake curved side up and flipping once, until browned, 15–20 minutes more. Cut ribs into individual bones to serve.

Source: saveur.com

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