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Making your own dry rub takes little effort and won't leave the unpleasant chemical aftertaste associated with many commercial versions. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Source: Mad Hungry, April 2011




To Oven-Roast Ribs: Add one tablespoon each of cocoa powder and instant coffee to the rub. Place rub-seasoned ribs on a baking sheet and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours at 350 degrees. Increase the heat to 425 degrees, brush over barbecue sauce, and cook for 15 more minutes until caramelized.

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  • laurajlsml2917938
    11 AUG, 2011
    I would like to try this recipe. The ins coffee and cocoa is not listed in the ingredient list. I would like to know if I should delete these ingredients also?
    • zinasp
      26 OCT, 2015
      In addition to all the rub ingredients listed, for oven roasting, also add the 1 Tbsp. each of cocoa powder and instant coffee.
  • tylergirl
    8 SEP, 2011
    I love this rub to. Great ribs!
  • MS10778616
    7 AUG, 2011
    Excellent recipe. Followed the recipe and they turned out perfectly. Nice smokey flavor.
  • Vypies
    4 APR, 2011
    These ribs looked so good when Lucinda made them on her show that I had to make them. With my own little tweaks they came out sooooo delicious. I added a little liquid smoke to the rub as I didn't have espresso powder. I made them in the oven and they came out great. Thank you Lucinda for another great recipe. I will make these again.

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