Cocoa chilli pork ribs recipe

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10 min


1 hr 40 min

An unique take on a old favourite – these bold flavours are sure to impress dinner guests


  • 100g (4oz) brown sugar
  • 4tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4tsp garlic salt
  • 1tbs mild chilli powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 900g (2lb) pork spare ribs
  • 150ml (1/4 pint) apple juice
  • 4tbs tomato purée


  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400°F/gas 6.

  • Place the ribs in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, reduce the

  • heat and simmer for 1 hr.

  • Drain and place on a baking tray and leave to cool slightly.

  • Mix together the sugar, cocoa powder, garlic salt, mild chilli powder and cinnamon

  • in a small bowl. Reserve 3tbs of this spice mixture for the sauce.

  • Rub the remaining spice mixture over the ribs, until well coated. Place the ribs in a

  • single layer on a foil-lined roasting pan. Cover with foil and roast in the oven for 30

  • mins.

  • Meanwhile make the sauce, gently heat the apple juice, tomato purée and reserved

  • spice mixture until well combined and glossy. Use half the sauce to baste the ribs and

  • return to the oven for a further 10 mins, until the ribs are sticky and glossy.

  • Place the other half of the sauce in a serving bowl.

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