Cocoa Rubbed Ribs with Passion Fruit BBQ Sauce

Cocoa powder adds a rich flavor to the spice rub. Finished with a glaze of passion fruit liqueur barbecue sauce, these tender baby back ribs are sweetly sumptuous.

Serves: Makes 8 servings.
10 mins Prep time 3 hrs Cook time
10 mins Prep time
3 hrs Cook time
  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Mix brown sugar, cocoa powder, chili powder, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and red pepper in small bowl. Rub spice rub evenly on ribs. Wrap each rack tightly in foil. Place on roasting pan.

  • Bake 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until ribs are very tender.

  • Meanwhile, mix passion fruit nectar, barbecue sauce and and passion fruit liqueur in small saucepan on medium heat. Simmer 30 minutes or until sauce is reduced by half.

  • Remove foil from ribs. Place ribs on grill over medium heat. Grill 5 minutes per side or until ribs are evenly browned, brushing occasionally with barbecue sauce.

Cooking tip

Test Kitchen Tips:

  • Passion fruit nectar can be found in Latin markets or the Latin aisle of some supermarkets. Passion fruit liqueur can be purchased in liquor stores.


  • To broil ribs, place unwrapped ribs on baking sheet. Broil 5 minutes per side or until browned.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 363Calories: 363Cholesterol: 81mg
  • Sodium: 577mgProtein: 23g
  • Total Fat: 21gFiber: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 20g