Cocoa Rib Rub Recipe

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by smokin relaxin steve, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. So i was going to check my email this morning and came across this Rub on AOL.... Well it was a rib recipe, but for the oven [​IMG]... I find it amusing when people label Recipe's for Ribs w/ "Smoky," but they prepare it in an oven LOL.... the Rub did look interesting enough though... thought i would share it withe SMF...

    3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

    1/4 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar

    1/4 cup smoked paprika

    2 tablespoons kosher salt

    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    1 tablespoon dried ancho chile powder

    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    I think i might have to give this Rub a try... I like the whole cooking w/ chocolate, so hopefully it will be good... and to give credit where credit is do, here is the link to the recipe
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Interesting rib rub. What do you mean the ribs will get smokey in the oven. Liquid smoke smokey that is. hahaha
  3. I just saw something on the food channel - Dinners,Drive ins, and Dives, I think where a BBQ place used cocoa in the rub.  Comment on the show was it gives a sweet yet bitter addition to the finished taste.

  4. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! You know thats right!

    Yeah, i have seen it a few times here and there, but never had a chance to try it... Hopefully in the next few weeks i will get around to making a small batch to mess around with...
  5. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Thank you for the info
  6. Anybody actually try this out for themselves and can give us a review?  I'm so afraid to ruin $20 worth of meat if this is just gonna end up tasting "off".  
  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have not used it in a rub, but I have used different types of chocolate often in spicy dishes.  It adds a slight contrast and a breadth of flavor.  Mexicans use chocolate in most if not all of the mole recipes I have seen.

    This would be interesting to try.  The trick is in the balance of the chocolate with the savory elements.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  8. urbanredneck

    urbanredneck Fire Starter

    If you are going to put that in the smoker, I would not use the smoked paprika- will be incredibly overpowering on the smoke flavor. Usually when I'm trying new rubs out, I make a super small batch and put it on 3 or 4 ribs or a part of a chicken along with the rest of them being my usual or a few of my usuals on it so that worst case scenario I'm only tossing a little bit, and best case I'm wishing I'd made the whole thing with the new rub!

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  9. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Add a tablespoon each of granulated garlic and granulated onion and you will have a pretty good rub without the cocoa IMHO. 
  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks interesting!
  11. I've used cocoa in rubs before. Did it on beef short ribs and on a pork butt. It was excellent.
  12. scooper

    scooper Smoking Fanatic

    I was talking to my wife's hairdresser one day.  He is an avid salmon smoker.  He suggested cocoa powder for pork rubs.

    I have some spares trimmings in the freezer.  I think I will give this a shot on them this weekend and report back. 
  13. hardslicer

    hardslicer Smoking Fanatic

    Always willing to try something new........thanks  [​IMG]

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