Ribs with Espresso Barbecue Sauce
2 tablespoons hot chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 pounds baby back pork ribs
1 12 ounce bottle dark beer
1 18 ounce bottle good quality barbecue sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons golden brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
Whisk chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in small bowl to blend. Rub
spice mixture all over ribs. Place ribs in heavy large roasting pan.
Boil beer in medium saucepan until reduced to 1 cup, about 5
minutes. Pour beer around ribs. Cover pan tightly with foil. Bake ribs until
fork tender, about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Combine barbecue sauce,
1/2 cup water, brown sugar and espresso powder in heavy medium saucepan. Simmer
until flavors blend and sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 10
Ribs and barbecue sauce can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool
slightly, then cover separately and refrigerate.
Prepare grill to medium heat.
Brush ribs with some barbecue sauce. Grill ribs just until
heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer ribs to platter. Bring
remaining sauce to simmer. Brush ribs with more barbecue sauce. Serve ribs,
passing remaining barbecue sauce separately.