Cocoa Rubbed Ribs with Passion Fruit BBQ Sauce

Unsweetened cocoa powder adds rich complexity to a spice rub for ribs. Brush with a sweet and fruity barbecue sauce while the ribs are on the grill to add another layer of flavour. This is a flavour forecast 2013 recipe

10 mins Prep Time
10 mins Prep Time
  • Pre-heat the oven to 150°C, 300°F, Gas Mark 2

  • Mix brown sugar, cocoa powder, Chilli Powder, Basil, Garlic Powder, Onion Salt and Chillies in a small bowl. Rub spice rub evenly on ribs, then wrap each rack tightly in foil. Place on roasting pan.

  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for 2½ to 3 hours or until ribs are very tender

  • Meanwhile, bring passion fruit juice and barbecue sauce to simmer in small saucepan on medium heat. Simmer for 30 minutes or until sauce is reduced by half.

  • Pre-heat the grill to medium. Remove foil from ribs and place ribs under the grill. Grill for 5 minutes per side or until ribs are evenly browned, brushing occasionally with barbecue sauce.

Cooking tip

If passion fruit juice is unavailable, halve, then scoop out the pulp of 4 passion fruits. Pass through a fine sieve to remove the seeds, then use the juice collected in the recipe.