A few years ago I made a cooking blunder that turned out to be a major AHA! in my cooking experiences. You know, a recipe error that turns out to be a good thing? Like in that peanut butter cup commercial? “You got chocolate on my peanut butter!” …. “No, you got peanut butter on my chocolate!”
The plan was to make some BBQ Ribs with this spice rub from a cookbook. I had mixed a spice rub up a few weeks earlier for another meal and the unused portion was packed away. The problem was that when I was prepping the ribs, sprinkling spice rub on them, I realized something was wrong. It wasn’t spice rub at all….. it was … chocolate?
Yep, I had on another occasion way, way back, taken some stale chocolate biscotti and ground it to a crumbly sprinkle for ice cream and I had put it in the same kind of container as the spice rub. Foolish me didn’t label them and now I was in a pickle with chocolate biscotti sprinkles on my beef ribs.
“So,” I think to myself, “my husband and I both like chocolate. Maybe if I rub it off and put enough spice rub on he wont notice.” So that’s what I did and the ribs were wonderful!
Since that day I’ve recreated that great bbq taste and presented it to the twisted brow of a few folks who agree it’s great. Now I’ll share my little secret with you. Enjoy!
Chocolate Ribeye Steaks1/3 c packed dark brown sugar 2 Tbls onion powder 1 tsp garlic powder 3 tsp kosher salt 1 Tbls fresh ground black pepper 4 Tbls paprika 3 ground chocolate biscotti (I used my food processor)
Mix all dry ingredients together. Sprinkle on both sides of your perfect steak, “marinate” for about 30 minutes and grill to your desired result. I like mine rare.
Store left over Chocolate Spice Rub in an airtight container. Stays fresh for an extended time in the freezer. Oh, and don’t forget to put a label on it. 🙂