Okay COFFEE LOVERS! This recipe for Espresso Rubbed Lamb Ribs is for YOU! Using coffee as a spice adds a delicious depth of flavor to meats and even vegetables. I love using instant espresso along with other warm spices like smoked paprika and cinnamon. Crush the espresso between your fingers or in a mortar and pestle to release the flavor.
I cooked these lamb ribs in an oven bag so the ribs cook in it’s own juices. The directions for the oven bags require you toss some flour in the bag before cooking. Another way to cook this is to wrap the ribs tightly in aluminum foil instead of using the oven bag. If you do this then you don’t have to add the flour making this a gluten free recipe.
The Espresso Rubbed Lamb Ribs become a beautiful deep brown after roasting in the oven bag. The ribs, bathed in it’s own rendered fats and juices, come out of the bag unbelievably moist and tender. The finished dish, lamb ribs with a glaze of barbecue sauce for the family (no sauce for me, thanks) and a crisp salad with fresh and pickled vegetables on the side
Coffee Rubbed Lamb Ribs
- 4 racks of lamb ribs
- 1 Tablespoon flour if you're using an oven bag
- SPICE MIXTURE
- 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon crushed allspice
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder crush between your fingers to make a fine powder
- ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried garlic or garlic powder
- Heat your oven to 300°
- Rub lamb ribs with the spice mixture. Put flour in oven roasting bag and shake around.
- Place ribs in an oven cooking bag on top of a pan with 2 inch high sides (follow the directions on the oven cooking bag package)
- Close the bag with the tie that comes in the package and place in the oven
- Bake the ribs in the bag for 2 hours or until tender. Slice and serve the ribs as is or add BBQ sauce if you like