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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
3 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons McCormick Chili Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Basil Leaves
1 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon McCormick Onion Powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon McCormick Crushed Red Pepper
2 racks pork baby back ribs (about 4 pounds), white membrane removed
1 cup passion fruit nectar
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons passion fruit liqueur
1. Mix brown sugar, cocoa powder, chili powder, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and red pepper in small bowl. Rub spice rub evenly on ribs. Wrap each rack tightly in foil. Place on roasting pan.
2. Bake in preheated 300 degree F 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.
Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: 363 Calories, Fat 21g, Protein 23g, Carbohydrates 20g, Cholesterol 81mg, Sodium 577mg, Fiber 1g
Test kitchen tip: To broil ribs, place unwrapped ribs on baking sheet. Broil 5 minutes per side or until browned.