Cocoa chilli pork ribs recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 1 hr 40 min
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  • 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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