Coffee Rubbed Lamb Ribs

coffee rubbed lamb ribs

Lamb ribs are great dish to bring to any potluck

I’ll bet most of the guests there have never tried lamb ribs, especially not coffee rubbed lamb ribs. It’s always fun to bring something a little different to the party.

The spice blend for my coffee rubbed lamb ribs recipe

is a mixture of warm and hot spices like cinnamon, cayenne pepper and allspice along with instant espresso powder. I use instant espresso because it is much easier to blend with the other spices. I keep  a jar of instant espresso in the pantry for seasoning as well as for adding to chocolate recipes. Espresso makes chocolate more chocolaty and it gives my spice blend a deep, rich flavor

coffee rubbed lamb ribs

Land ribs tend to be a bit fatty so they need a little bit of trimming and slow cooking to render that fat. I wrap the lamb ribs completely in foil so that they will cook in their own juices remaining moist and getting ultra tender. When the ribs are almost finished cooking I remove them from the foil, place them on a rack, crank the heat up and let the ribs form a nice crust on the outside. The inside remains tender, moist and juicy. If you like, you can drizzle a little bit of honey over the ribs or let the guests do that themselves at the table.

coffee rubbed lamb ribs

I like to serve these coffee rubbed lamb ribs with a crisp salad of crunchy romaine lettuce, thinly sliced celery, radishes and red cabbage. I dressed the salad lightly with a blend of grape seed oil, white wine vinegar, coarse mustard, salt and pepper.

coffee rubbed lamb ribs

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coffee rubbed lamb ribs

Coffee Rubbed Lamb Ribs

Demetra Overton
You will need a roasting pan with 2 inch sides to catch any drips. You will also need an additional roasting pan with a rack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 4 racks of lamb ribs
  • 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried garlic or garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Honey or barbecue sauce to serve along side


  • Heat your oven to 325°
  • Prepare the lamb ribs by removing the membrane and trimming excess fat
  • Combine the spices and instant espresso well.
  • Rub lamb ribs with the spice mixture
  • Completely wrap the lamb in foil and place in a high sided roasting pan
  • Bake the ribs for one and a half hours or until tender.
  • Thake the ribs out of the oven and increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees
  • Remove the ribs from the foil and place on a pan with a rack
  • Place the ribs back into the oven for 10 minutes to get crisp on the outside
  • Slice and serve the ribs as is or add BBQ sauce if you like


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19 Comments on Coffee Rubbed Lamb Ribs – Black History Month Virtual Potluck

  1. elizabeth
    February 2, 2017 at 1:29 pm (7 years ago)

    I love how straightforward this recipe is and now I need to ask my butcher to order some lamb ribs for me so I can make this ASAP.

    • Demetra Overton
      February 2, 2017 at 4:04 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks so much, I’m so glad you enjoy the recipe. Definitely check with your butcher he may need to special-order the lamb ribs but it’s well worth it


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