Chocolate BBQ ribs with Noire de Chambly beer

Preparation :3h25 min Cooking :2h
Difficulty :medium
Servings :4

Those chocolate BBQ ribs with Noire de Chambly beer are not only amazingly tasty but also very original! We never have too many ribs recipe!

Ingredients for the dry rub

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cacao
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • Ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 full rack of pork ribs (about 5lbs total)

Ingredients for the chocolate BBQ sauce

  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, seeds removed
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Noire de Chambly beer from Unibroue
  • 1/4 cup black chocolate milk from Natrel
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 70% black chocolate, finely chopped


  • In a bowl, add all the dry rub ingredients ( except for the ribs ) and stir well to break out chunks.
  • Place the ribs in a big airtight container and sprinkle the dry rub all over the ribs, massaging the meat to make the flavors penetrate correctly. There must be rub all around! Close the container and place in fridge for 3 hours. 3- Preheat the oven at 300°F with grill in the center. Place the ribs in a big cooking tray ( pointy bones facing down so that the meat doesn’t stick to the tray ) and cook for about 2h30. Remove from oven, throw away fat then put ribs aside.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the legendary sauce! In a medium sauce pan at medium heat, cook the onion and chipotle pepper in a drizzle of olive oil for about 4-5 minutes. Add the beer, ketchup, milk, lime juice and brown sugar. Season with salt then stir well!
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for about 5-6 minutes until sauce thickens then remove from heat. Add the chocolate and melt while stirring. Reduce in puree with blender.
  • Generously baste the ribs with the sauce. Place on a cooking tray and grill in the oven at broil ( or on the BBQ ) for a couple of minutes on each side until nicely caramelised. Serve the sauce on the side to dip in!
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Our wine stewards suggest

+- 15$ Cousino-Macul Cabernet Sauvignon

Finesse? It's great but not tonight. With ribs, we opt for a strong and flavorful red that gives us a lot for our money.

+- 30$ Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys 2012

The Ridge house have become masters in the art of creating seducing and structured zinfandels. This one, a blend that puts the zinfandel up front, will convince you at the first sip...

Stout, Microbrasserie Riverbend

Chocolate, chocolate milk, black beer, chipotle and cocoa makes a beer with notes of roasted malt. The Riverbend Stout will reveal notes of chocolate, toasted taste and coffee that will make it the ideal partner for your ribs. Low in alcohol and very dry, it will become the queen of your tailgate parties if ribs are the kings!

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