Cocoa-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
It's a lucky rack of ribs that meets this rub: warm spices like cinnamon, allspice, and ginger get a depth charge from cocoa powder and bit of heat from fiery mustard powder. Prepared a day ahead of time and then baked until meltingly tender, they're a perfect weeknight meal.
Enlarge Image Credit: Yossy ArefiServes 4–6
INGREDIENTS⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup light brown sugar
3 tbsp. ancho chili powder
2 tbsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. granulated onion
1 tbsp. granulated garlic
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. dried mustard
2 tsp. dried ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
2 racks (3 lb.) pork baby back ribs
INSTRUCTIONS1. Mix cocoa, sugar, and spices together in a bowl. Rub ribs generously with spice mixture, and wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight.
2. About 2 hours before you plan to serve the ribs, remove them from the refrigerator and allow the ribs come to room temperature. Heat oven to 375°. Place ribs in a shallow roasting pan; bake until tender, about 40 minutes. Increase oven to 450° and transfer ribs to a baking sheet with a wire rack; bake curved side up and flipping once, until browned, 15–20 minutes more. Cut ribs into individual bones to serve.