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Gluten-Free Cocoa-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

Carol Kicinski
Carol Kicinski
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Carol is a professional recipe developer, television chef, freelance writer and cookbook author. She cooks. She writes. She travels. And she does it all gluten-free!

When it comes to food she believe the most important thing is for it to taste great. Her recipes are not just good for gluten-free they are just plain good! Period!

She needed to be able to prepare meals that everyone would enjoy. It was then she decided to look at the world of food not in terms of what she couldnt eat but what she COULD EAT. She discovered a whole beautiful, abundant world of gluten-free food. She started to create dishes that would not only keep her body from being ill but that were delicious and aesthetic as well.

After she found out that she as gluten-intolerant, she was taken aback. Thus her new food philosophy was born. Find and enjoy foods that are naturally gluten-free. She loves the challenge of discovering how to re-invent old favorites and creating new ones gluten-free.

Carol writes SimplyGluten-free, a gluten-free blog to share, teach and inspire.Celebrating the ABUNDANCE of gluten-free living!

Dietary Restrictions

  • gluten_free


  1. Combine the organic light brown sugar, cocoa powder, paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, and pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Flip the ribs bone side up and insert a dinner knife just under the white membrane that covers the meat and bones. Gently peel the membrane off.
  3. Coat the ribs on both sides generously with the mixture, reserving about ° of a cup. Wrap the ribs in foil and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours. Remove the ribs from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 250ºF.
  4. Place the ribs, still wrapped in foil, on a baking sheet and cook for 2½ – 3 hours or until the ribs are tender. Remove the ribs from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 450ºF.
  5. Place a wire rack on the baking sheet, remove the ribs from the foil, and place on the wire rack curved side up. Sprinkle half of the reserved rub on the top of the ribs and cook for 10 minutes. Flip the ribs over, sprinkle the rest of the reserved rub on top, and cook for another 10 minutes.


  • ½ cup Wholesome! Organic Light Brown Sugar
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  • ¼ cup unsweetened Fair Trade dark cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp chipotle chili powder
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 racks pork baby back ribs