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A Guide to Grilling and Smoking

East Bay chefs share their secrets for putting together a great summer barbecue — with or without an actual grill.



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1/3 cup ground coffee beans (old beans are fine)

1/3 cup sea salt

1/3 cup ground chipotle pepper or other red chili flakes (adjust amount to taste)


1. Heat oven (or natural coal grill) to 250 F.

2. Coat the ribs with the salt and let them come to room temperature for about an hour.

3. Rub the coffee and chili flakes onto the meat. Grill (with the lid closed) or bake (on a baking sheet or other oven-safe vessel) for about four hours or until "fork tender," when the meat pulls away from the bone easily. (Alternatively, bake for three hours and then finish on the grill for a smoky flavor.)

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