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Cocoa Rubbed Ribs with Passion Fruit BBQ Sauce

Cocoa powder adds a rich flavor to the spice rub. Finished with a glaze of passion fruit liqueur barbecue sauce, these tender baby back ribs are sweetly sumptuous.

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  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Chilli Powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Basil Leaves

  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder

  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Onion Powder

  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Sea Salt, finely ground

  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Paprika,

  • 2 racks pork baby back ribs( about 2kg) white membrane removed

  • 1 cup passion fruit nectar or juice

  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce

  • 2 tablespoons passion fruit liqueur or juice


  • 1.

    Mix brown sugar, cocoa powder, chilli powder, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and paprika in small bowl. Rub spice rub evenly on ribs. Wrap each rack tightly in foil. Place on roasting pan.

  • 2.

    Bake in preheated 150ºC oven 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until ribs are very tender.

  • 3.

    Meanwhile, mix passion fruit nectar, barbecue sauce and passion fruit liqueur in small saucepan on medium heat. Simmer 30 minutes or until sauce is reduced by half.

  • 4.

    Remove foil from ribs. Place ribs on grill over medium heat. Grill 5 minutes per side or until ribs are evenly browned, brushing occasionally with barbecue sauce.

  • TIP: To broil ribs, place unwrapped ribs on baking sheet. Broil 5 minutes per side or until browned.:


Nutrition Information Per Serving: 363 Calories, Fat 21g, Protein 23g, Carbohydrates 20g, Cholesterol 81mg, Sodium 577mg, Fiber 1g

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