Guess what was on sale! Ribs AND chocolate!! BAZINGA!!! 😀
But how do you combine them both? CAN you combine them both?
Yes, yes you certainly can! 😉
The very first time that I said that I was going to add chocolate to a savory dish, my hubby looked at me like I had finally lost my last marble. My glass was empty. My toast was burnt.
But think about it! It’s not nuts at all. Central and South Americans have been adding chocolate to their sauces for centuries! (Think molé. 😉 ) And probably many other cultures, too.
Chocolate and red sauces are a match made in heaven. They really truly are! This the second time that I’ve used it in a barbecue sauce, as well as sneaking a little bit into a killer pot of chili, too!
But this sauce turned out particularly and decadently rich, and bursting with wonderful flavors! Layer, after layer, after intriguing layer!
So, to begin, I just started getting all kinds of fun ingredients out to make a rub for the ribs, and continued to add more and more, until I thought that I had the perfect blend of herbs, spices and other surprise ingredients to make a sauce, too!
The second most important ingredient, besides the obvious barbecue sauce, was my addition of boysenberry preserves! “Spreadable Fruit”, actually, as that was another gem of a sale item found during “trip #2” to the “other” grocery store! 😉
I had so much fun making the rub and the sauce, that I forgot to get shots of them! Sorry about that. But you can see other rib rub shots on my blog if you want to, as well as my other sauces, but it really isn’t necessary.
My ribs do use a fair amount of aluminum foil, but as you can see below, all of the foil really IS necessary. Unless you love to spend hours over the sink scrubbing baking sheets. 😉
This is the second baking sheet…and I can’t imagine doing this without foil! You can also actually grill it at the end if you prefer. But for ribs like this, to me anyways, grilling disturbs the sauce too much, and too much gets left behind and stuck on the grill grates. I’d rather have all of that goodness where it belongs. On the ribs. 😉
Baking them sealed in foil in a slow oven for several hours, makes them fall-off-the-bone tender every time!
Then a last step of basting each side with that magical barbecue sauce and two quick trips back into the oven, and you’ve got ribs unlike anything you’ve ever tasted!
I was only a little worried that my hubby wasn’t going to like these as much as I knew I would, so I was VERY pleasantly surprised that they were a huge hit with us both!
They were shockingly good! So good in fact, that these would be quite a nice entree or appetizer for guests! Be it for a casual game day event, backyard bbq, or a nice dinner at the dining room table, I think everyone will agree, that these ribs are truly special and unique! I so hope that someday, hopefully soon, that you’ll give these ribs a try! Enjoy!!