Monday, September 12, 2011
To continue with the theme of cooking with chocolate let's look at chocolate and coffee ribs. This is a tasty way to experiment.
First, start with a rack of ribs. I used beef ribs for this one, but I think pork would do better.
For the rub- Take two tablespoons of brown sugar, one tablespoon of cayenne pepper, one tablespoon of paprika, one tablespoon of coffee grounds (expresso would work nice here), two tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa, a dash of salt and a dash of pepper.
Coat the ribs and leave them overnight in the fridge, covered of course.
Now get the grill going and cook the ribs using indirect heat until they hit about 150 degrees for beef or 165 for pork. The time will depend on your grill. Just be careful not to overcook the beef ribs, or to undercook the pork ribs. The chocolate gives a subtle flavor and seems to temper the heat of the cayenne. Feel free to experiment with this and let me know how it works out. I'll be experimenting myself and I'll update as I do.