Monday, July 25, 2011

how to make (delicious) coffee-rubbed ribs!

Recipe from Serious click here

I fed this to my grandparents and boyfriend who don't drink coffee!! They don't even like it particularly, but they loved it in the ribs!!

Its really only 1 ingredient of many, and there's not too much in the whole batch, so don't worry it's not like its overwhelmingly coffee-tasting. It just tastes DELICIOUS!

Barbecue: Coffee-Rubbed Ribs


serves 4, active time 1 hour, total time 7-20 hours
  • For the rub
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder *I used fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon coco powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 racks spare ribs, preferably St. Louis cut---I used beef ribs, and I got the really big kind with lots of meat. Not sure what they are called. I was only making 8 ribs total, so I got the ones that were already separated.

Here's their method. I used a faster method, which I will explain after:

  • 1
    Mix together the coffee, salt, paprika, chile powder, dark brown sugar, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, coco powder, and coriander in a small bowl to make the rub.

  • 2
    Remove the membrane from the back of the rack, and trim the ribs. Rub each rack liberally with the rub. Wrap ribs in foil or place in a large container and store in the refrigerator over night (optional).

  • 3
    Remove the ribs from the fridge while preparing the smoker. Fire up the smoker to 225°F, adding a few chunks of smoking wood chunks when at temperature. When the wood is producing smoke, place the ribs in the smoker, meat side up, and smoke until the ribs have a slight bend when lifted from one end, about 5-6 hours. If using sauce, brush on the sauce and continue to cook until sauce has caramelized, about 15-20 minutes longer. Remove from the smoker, slice, and serve.

  • Now, here's where I changed the recipe, since I have a gas grill, and I didn't want to cook ribs for only 4 people on a gas grill, for hours, and use up a lot of gas. I used the oven! (scroll down to step #6)

    I assure you, it's delicious, and easy. Just tear out a really long piece of foil that is about twice the length of the baking dish. place inside and place ribs on top. then fold back the edges of the foil to cover the ribs. 

    pour water to about 1/4-1/2" in the dish, and make sure that there is always some water during the baking process in with the ribs. this will make them moist. 

    Here's the easy instructions:

    baking the ribs:  heat the oven to 325°F. Then, cook your ribs in the oven for about one hour. After this, open the foil and put the ribs back in the oven at 375°F. Cook for another 15 minutes. this browns them on the outside. 



    1. I haven't eaten meat since last October, or really even had a desire to, but these sound fabulous! I'm a sucker for an interesting and unexpected pairing like ribs and coffee!

    2. This is an unusual rub for ribs! Was there a bitter taste to the ribs due to the coffee? I bet my hubby will love it.

    3. This sounds delicious! Mmm~