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Sticky BBQ Ribs with Coffee Pepper Rub

Is there anything better than a tender rack of ribs that falls off the bone? Any type of meat that you want to give the barbecue treatment works well with this smoky coffee rub, not just ribs. This is a winner for both outdoor and indoor BBQ because of the smoky flavour of the spice blend and the complexity of the Broadway coffee blend. This recipe will improve your reputation as the grill boss, so make a big batch and start grilling!


  • 2kg Pork Ribs
  • Coffee Rub:
    – 2 Tbsp sea salt or smoked salt
    – 1 Tbsp ground black peppercorns
    – 1 tsp ground sumac
    – 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    – 15g ground Toby’s Estate Broadway Blend
  • BBQ sauce:
    – 1 onion finely chopped
    – 3 Tbsp olive oil
    – 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    – 2 Tbsp tomato paste
    – 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    – 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
    – 1/2 cup of water
    – 1/4 cup of tomato sauce
    – 2 garlic cloves, minced
    – 1/2 cup molasses
    – 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
    – Pinch of salt
    – Splash of water

Step 1 
Remove the under-rib membrane to prepare the ribs. This step is crucial because it ensures that the membrane won’t soften during cooking and keeps the coffee rub from flavouring the pork.

Step 2
Place coffee rub ingredients together in a bowl and mix well to combine.

Step 3
Evenly rub spice and coffee mix into ribs and place in a non reactive bowl, allowing to marinade overnight, or at least three hours.

Step 4
Preheat oven to 100 degrees C. Prepare a baking tray lined with baking paper. Place pork ribs on lined tray and add 1 cup of water to the tray. Cover tightly with foil and bake in a low oven for 2.5 – 3 hours.

Step 5
Once pork ribs are soft, remove from oven and allow to cool — slightly uncovered. Increase oven temperature to 225 degrees C.

Step 6
While the ribs cool, make your BBQ sauce. Sweat onions in olive with a pinch of salt. Deglaze pan with vinegar and then add in the rest of your ingredients. Simmer in a saucepan until thickened. 

Step 7
Paste ribs with BBQ sauce and return to oven for 10 minutes. Glaze again and return to oven for a further 10 minutes. Repeat once more if more caramelisation is required. 

Step 8
Enjoy with plenty of napkins on hand!

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