Monday, July 11, 2011

Pork Spare Ribs with Theo Chocolate Rub

The Farmer's Market had a sale on pork spare ribs ($5 per pound!) and we had to indulge ourselves!  Inspired by Theo Chocolate's Spicy Chile bar, I prepared the ribs with a quick and easy rub and then cooked them "low and slow".  I have to plug Theo Chocolate here...they are seriously the best chocolate maker in the US.  Fair trade and Organic with a variety of different chocolate bars that are delicious for all occasions!


2 lbs spare ribs

Chocolate Rub
1 oz Theo Chocolate Spicy Chile bar finely chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Chocolate Sauce
1/2 oz Theo Chocolate Spicy Chile bar finely chopped
Leftover juice from rib packets (see recipe details)
2 tablespoons finely chopped jalopenos (optional)

1. Combine rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
2. Place each rib on a piece of large foil (for two pounds this is two pieces of meat)
3. Spread the rub evenly on both sides of the ribs and then close the foil to form a pouch around the meat and foil.
4. Place in the oven on a cooling rack placed on a cookie sheet (to circulate the the air) and cook for 4 hours.  After four hours turn heat to 175 and cook another 2 hours.
5. Remove ribs from oven and carefully open pouch and drain rib juices into a sauce pan.
6. Add 1/2 oz chocolate and jalopenos to the juice and boil on high heat stirring constantly for about 5 minutes.
7. Plate ribs and serve sauce on the side.

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