BBQ Pork ribs with cocoa spice rub.
Time: 1:30 hrs+
You’ll need 2-3 large bbq pork ribs or more depending on how many you’re feeding.
Cocoa Spice rub:
A generous pinch of Salt & pepper
Few tbsp of cocoa,
Few tbsp of paprika
Tomato bbq Sauce:
Few garlic cloves, sliced,
2 or 3 Chillies (De-seed if you prefer)
2 bay leaves
2 or 3 tbsp of treacle or molasses, even maple syrup would do, (depends on how sweet you like your sauce)
Few tbsp of white vinegar & worcestershire sauce
1 can diced tomatoes, (410g) +1/2 can of water rinsed out
Some fresh ginger grated or powdered 1-2 tsps
1 tbsp hot English mustard or powder
To serve: some fresh cabbage slaw with coriander (see below) & baked potatoes would be lovely too.
You’ll also need a large baking (or casserole dish) Large saucepan, chopping board, measuring spoons, tongs and a good appetite.
Preheat the oven to 180C or 356F,
Cut the ribs into manageable portions and rub the spice mix including cocoa, paprika and seasonings over the pork ribs. I like to get under the bones and get some good colour into them.
Shallow fry the ribs in the pan with a little vegetable oil. Once browned remove and set aside in the casserole or baking dish. (Reserve the pan for making the tomato sauce.)
Add the chopped onion, chillies, bay leaves and treacle into the saucepan. Sweat until transparent and add in the Vinegar, Worcestershire, powdered ginger & mustard too. Lastly add the tinned tomatoes, along with half a can of water.Pour the sauce over the ribs and bake in the oven for 1hr-1:15hr, remove lid in the last half hour to allow the sauce to thicken.
Optional **Pop the potatoes in some foil and bake alongside the ribs too**
Fresh Cabbage & coriander salad:
a quarter of Red cabbage & Savoy cabbage each,
Handful of coriander
Salt & pepper to taste
Slice the cabbage into slivers. Squeeze the lemon juice over the cabbage and sprinkle with some salt & pepper to taste. I like to tear some coriander into the salad, toss and set aside.
An easy coleslaw style dressing can also be made with one part mayo, with a few tbsp of milk. Some sugar and hot English mustard and combine with the lemon juice too.
Serve the cabbage salad alongside the Pork ribs and the baked potato.