This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HogWildThrowdown #CollectiveBias Mocha Rubbed Grilled Pork Ribs, first simmered in coffee, then rubbed with cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, garlic, and onion before grilling. These ribs are full of flavor, easy to make, tender, and great for a special occasion or anytime!
Do you remember back in June when I made Grilled Cajun Blueberry BBQ Ribs? I loved them, and so did my husband, but I think I love these more! This time I went back to my tried and true way of simmering the ribs first before grilling, only this time I simmered them in coffee instead of water. A full pot (12 cups) of coffee just barely covered the ribs in a large soup pot, so I just made sure they were meat side down.
Mocha Rubbed Grilled Pork Ribs
Like last time, I used Smithfield Ribs that I purchased at Walmart. This time I chose Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs. They are hand-trimmed and juicy, perfect for cooking on the charcoal grill.
After I simmered the ribs, I patted them dry, and rubbed them with the mocha blend.
This blend would be great on steaks, too! Then I put the rubbed ribs on our grill, which I had brushed the grates with olive oil. Guess what, the day I made these was the first time I ever lit charcoal myself! My husband was always around before! When cooking ribs on the grill, you'll want to do it under indirect heat, so place the charcoal on one side, place a fire-proof pot filled with water on the side with the charcoal (this helps to keep the ribs from turning dry) and place the ribs on the other side.
These Mocha Rubbed Grilled Pork Ribs were just perfect for me! Almost fall of the bone, melt in your mouth, and a great change from regular BBQ ribs. Looking for even more change? Check out celebrity pitmaster Moe Cason's recipe for sweet and spicy back ribs.
Moe Cason and Tuffy Stone are ambassadors for Smithfield's HogWild Throwdown Contest, where you could win one of two Ford F-150's! That sounds great to me.
Right now you can save a dollar on Smithfield® ribs with a rebate through Ibotta.
So, now that I've made ribs several different ways, I think I can say for certain that Mocha Rubbed Grilled Pork Ribs are my favorite! I hope you enjoy them, too!
Mocha Rubbed Grilled Pork Ribs
- 3 ½ pounds Smithfield Pork Back Ribs (1 package)
- 12 cups fresh brewed strong coffee
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 packed tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Cut the ribs into 3 equal sections. Place the ribs in a large, deep pot, pour the coffee over the ribs. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for one hour.
- Combine the instant coffee, cocoa powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl, mix well.
- Remove the ribs with tongs to a cutting board or clean work surface, Let sit for about 10 minutes while you light the coals on the grill. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels, then sprinkle liberally with the mocha rub on both sides, rubbing it into the ribs. Once the grill is ready, place the ribs on the oiled grates cover and cook for 45 minutes. Turn the ribs, cook for 45 minutes more, or until they reach 180 degrees and are nicely charred.