Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Coco Loco Rib Rub

I don’t consider barbecue season to be officially open until after Memorial Day, although once the heat sets in you will find me out at the grill no matter the date, even if I’m only cooking a hotdog.

At the beginning of each barbecue season, I mix up a batch of steak, rib, chicken, and hamburger rub to have on hand. This is my special rib rub, and I think you’ll enjoy it a good bit. It adds a lot of flavor to whatever cut of pork that you happen to be cooking. I call it “rib rub” because that’s what I use it on the most, but it also works exceptionally well on the pork steaks and pork chops.
Coco Loco Rib Rub (Also works for chops)

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon espresso powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch cayenne pepper, optional

Combine all the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Use approximately 1/4 cup of rub per half rack of ribs. Store the rest in an airtight container. Keeps for up to six months.

Coffee Rub for Beef is an incredibly luscious rub as well. I use it on everything from burgers to filet mignon.

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Gina said...

Oh yum - I am all about grilled pork, especially ribs. I will have to print this one out and have on hand for the summer!

Linda said...

Pattie, we will give this a try! When my husband smokes pork shoulder or butt, I mix up the rubs for him. Your rub is similar to what I use, but I'm guessing the addition of cocoa powder and espresso powder will only enhance the flavor!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

This sounds like a great rib rub, Pattie! I need to mix up a small batch and give it a try soon ;)

Miz Helen said...

I love a homemade rub and your recipe looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us on Full Plate Thursday and come back real soon!
Miz Helen