Cocoa-Rubbed Ribs with Passion Fruit BBQ Sauce

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Cocoa-Rubbed Ribs with Passion Fruit BBQ Sauce


- 3 tbsp firmly packed light brown sugar
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp Chilli Powder
- 1½ tsp Basil
- 1 tsp Garlic Granules
- 1 tsp onion salt
- ¼ tsp Crushed Chillies
- 2 racks of pork baby-back ribs, white membrane removed
- 225 ml passion fruit juice
- 175 ml barbecue sauce


Pre-heat the oven to 150°C, 300°F, Gas Mark 2

Mix brown sugar, cocoa powder, Chilli Powder, Basil, Garlic Powder, Onion Salt and Chillies in a small bowl. Rub spice rub evenly on ribs, then wrap each rack tightly in foil. Place on roasting pan.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for 2½ to 3 hours or until ribs are very tender

Meanwhile, bring passion fruit juice and barbecue sauce to simmer in small saucepan on medium heat. Simmer for 30 minutes or until sauce is reduced by half.

Pre-heat the grill to medium. Remove foil from ribs and place ribs on grill over a medium heat. Grill for 5 minutes per side or until ribs are evenly browned, brushing occasionally with barbecue sauce.


If passion fruit juice is unavailable, halve, then scoop out the pulp of 4 passion fruits. Pass through a fine sieve to remove the seeds, then use the juice collected in the recipe.

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