Chef Ava Marie’s BBQ Ribs PLUS GAME ON Winners Announced

South San Francisco, CA  June 21, 2021

Our last GAME ON Contest brought about some great responses to our question: Grilling or Barbecuing, Rub or Marinade

We are happy to announce the winners, Brandon Vargas and Jason Isberg! Each of them will receive a $25 gift certificate for South City Grocery Outlet, who generously sponsored this GAME ON. Brandon’s recipe can be found CLICK HERE. And Jason’s piggy back on the baby back ribs was perfect – check out his tips CLICK HERE!


Our very own local celeb Chef Ava Marie has also shared her favorite recipe for us to try

Summer is Here and the Grill is HOT!


“I made these tender coffee brown sugar lovin oven ribs which can be made in a Traeger smoker or @KamandoGrill” Chef Ava tells us.

“So, before roasting I baste the ribs with @koopsmustard dijon mustard (an former @worldfoodchampionships sponsor from 2018). And then I add my coffee spice rub on both sides before placing in a foil lined baking sheet and roast low n slow for 3 hours at 300*.

At halfway through cooking, cover with foil and place back to the oven.  At the last 30 minutes baste with @SweetBabyRaysBBQSauce. You then return them to oven to cook through.

Then allow to rest 15 minutes before cutting into slabs.  And enjoy how tender off the bone. Mmm it’s so good!”



Brown Sugar Coffee Low n Slow BBQ Ribs Recipe
1 racks beef ribs, cut into pieces to fit pan
1/2 cup Koops dijon mustard
1/2 cup sweet baby rays bbq sauce
For the rub
2 tbl fine coffee grounds
2 tbl kosher salt
1 tbl brown sugar
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 300
Method mix all the rub ingredients together and set aside


Cut the slab of ribs in half, trim excess fat, and brush with dijon mustard on both sides and sprinkle rub on both sides of the meat. Place rib side down on the baking pan. Bake for 3 hours halfway through cooking cover with tinfoil to avoid drying out.
At the last 30 minutes baste with BBQ sauce and recover and cook through and allow to rest 15 minutes before cutting into slabs and serving.

Makes 8 YUMMY servings



Chef Ava


Ava Marie is a lifelong resident of South San Francisco and lives in Winston Manor with her family. Born with autism, Ava Marie has never let that, or anything else, get in the way of her goals. Her passion for cooking and teaching is contagious and she’ll have you cooking and baking up a storm in your own kitchen like a pro in no time! Chef Ava Marie has won several awards, authored cookbooks and offers live cooking demonstrations on her Facebook page. To read Everything South City articles on Chef Ava Marie CLICK HERE. To read her blog, full of great recipes, CLICK HERE. And follow her on Facebook CLICK HERE. If you have suggestions for recipes or have questions, please email Chef Ava Marie CLICK HERE.

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