Savory and Smoky Coffee Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Friends and fellow foodies, have you ever come across a recipe that combines two of your favorite flavors to give your taste buds a heavenly experience? Well, search no more because I have the perfect recipe for you. Today, I am thrilled to share with you my all-time favorite Coffee Barbecue Sauce recipe.

This recipe is a game-changer for anyone who loves their barbecue sauce with a little kick. The combination of brewed coffee and brown sugar creates a rich and robust flavor profile that’ll make you want to dance with joy. Trust me; this sauce is not for the faint-hearted; it’s bold, flavorful, and downright addictive!

Whether you’re grilling chicken, pork ribs or just drenching fries or burgers with BBQ sauce, this coffee barbecue sauce recipe will take your dish to the next level. With ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store and straightforward instructions, making this sauce is a breeze.

So what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients, and let’s jump into making this delicious sauce! Get ready to impress your family and friends with this mouth-watering Coffee Barbecue Sauce recipe that is sure to be an instant hit at any barbecue or dinner party.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Barbecue Sauce
Coffee Barbecue Sauce

Are you tired of boring old barbecue sauce? Look no further than this coffee barbecue sauce recipe! Trust me, once you try this sauce, you won’t be able to go back to ordinary BBQ sauce again.

The secret to this recipe is the brewed coffee. The rich, earthy flavor of coffee makes for a unique and delicious twist on traditional barbecue sauce. Combined with brown sugar, butter, and Worcestershire sauce, this recipe creates a complex blend of flavors that will leave your taste buds tingling.

But wait, there’s more! This coffee barbecue sauce isn’t just delicious – it’s also versatile. Use it as a marinade for chicken or pork ribs, drizzle it on top of burgers or grilled vegetables, or use it as a dipping sauce for fries. The possibilities are endless!

And if you’re worried about missing the classic tanginess of BBQ sauce, don’t be. This recipe includes ketchup and vinegar to bring that classic flavor to life – but with an elevated twist.

So what are you waiting for? Try out this coffee barbecue sauce recipe today and add some excitement to your next cookout. Your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you.

Ingredient List

 Sizzling and smoky BBQ sauce straight from the pan!
Sizzling and smoky BBQ sauce straight from the pan!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make the Coffee Barbecue Sauce Recipe:
BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

  • Coffee (1 cup brewed or 2 tablespoons instant coffee)
  • Worcestershire sauce (1 tbsp)
  • Ketchup (1 cup)
  • Brown sugar (1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar)
  • Apple cider vinegar (1/2 cup)
  • Lemon juice (2 tablespoons)
  • Butter (1/4 cup)
  • Garlic cloves (3, grated or minced)
  • Tomato sauce (15 ounce can)
  • Tomato paste (6 ounce can)

Additional Ingredients:

  • Black coffee or espresso preferred for a more intense coffee flavor
  • Red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar/wine vinegar/worcestershire sauce for depth of flavor
  • Brown sugar (1/4 – 3/4 cup packed dark/light brown sugar) for extra sweetness
  • Worcestershire sauce/dry mustard/paprika/garlic powder/onion powder/cumin for a smoky, tangy and spicy kick
  • Water/chicken broth/beef broth/coca-cola/coffee bourbon/barbecue bourbon for thinning out the sauce or making different variations

With these ingredients and some good cooking techniques, you’ll have a delicious barbecue sauce that’s sure to impress your taste buds.

The Recipe How-To

 Who needs store-bought sauce when you can make your own?
Who needs store-bought sauce when you can make your own?

Here’s how to make our coffee barbecue sauce recipe:

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Make sure you have all of the ingredients needed before starting. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Step 2: Mix and Cook the Ingredients

In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients and whisk together. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

Step 3: Puree and Rest the Sauce

Remove from heat and use an immersion blender or transfer to a regular blender to puree until smooth. Let the sauce rest for a few minutes before using.

Step 4: Store and Use as Desired

Finally, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Use this coffee barbeque sauce as desired, whether it be for chicken, ribs, or even in your morning bacon and eggs. Enjoy this sweet, tangy and smoky flavor that only coffee can bring out in the best barbecue sauces!

Substitutions and Variations

 A sweet and spicy BBQ sauce that will tantalize your taste buds!
A sweet and spicy BBQ sauce that will tantalize your taste buds!

Ah, substitutions and variations! It’s the kitchen adventurer’s favorite activity. Fear not, coffee barbecue sauce aficionados – I have some tricks up my sleeve that will add more zing to your recipe.

Firstly, if you want to reduce the sweetness of the sauce, use less brown sugar. Instead, try adding some white sugar, honey, or molasses. These sweeteners have distinct flavors that can add depth to your coffee barbecue sauce.

For those who are watching their calorie intake, substitute butter with a low-fat margarine or coconut oil. You can also reduce the amount of ketchup in the recipe and replace it with fresh tomato puree or tomato paste.

To make a spicier barbecue sauce, add a few dashes of hot sauce or chili flakes to the mix. If you’re feeling daring, you can even infuse some smoky flavor into the sauce by using ground coffee or instant coffee instead of brewed coffee.

If you’re up for trying something new altogether, swap out the Worcestershire sauce with soy sauce or tamari for an Asian twist. And for those who enjoy a boozy kick in their barbecue sauce, throw in some bourbon or red wine vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.

Lastly, don’t forget that this coffee barbecue sauce goes well beyond just grilled chicken and pork ribs. Get creative and try it as a dipping sauce for fries or vegetables. Turn up the heat by using it as a marinade for roasted vegetables or tofu.

There are tantalizing possibilities waiting for you and your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 The secret to unbeatable BBQ flavor - coffee!
The secret to unbeatable BBQ flavor – coffee!

Now that you have made the perfect coffee barbecue sauce, it’s time to enjoy it with your favorite dishes. This sauce goes well with almost any grilled or smoked meat, chicken, ribs, and even vegetables. The rich and tangy flavor of coffee barbecue sauce compliments the smoky flavor of grilled meat in a unique way that’s hard not to love.

If you want to enjoy some finger-licking goodness, drizzle your favorite cut of meat with this sauce while it’s still on the grill or smoker. Alternatively, brush the sauce on the meat during the last ten minutes of cooking for a flavorful glaze. You can also serve this delicious sauce as a dipping sauce alongside your dishes!

If you’re wondering what to pair with this delectable coffee barbecue sauce, there are plenty of options! For starters, you can pair it with a robust red wine like Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. Alternatively, try pairing it with an ice-cold beer to cut through the richness of the sauce.

If you’re serving sides along with your grilled or smoked meats, consider roasted vegetables like carrots or asparagus seasoned with salt and pepper. A hearty pasta salad or coleslaw can also be excellent side dish options that complement the flavors of the coffee bbq sauce.

In conclusion, this delicious coffee barbecue sauce is versatile and pairs well with all kinds of foods. Get creative and experiment with different meats and side dishes to find your perfect combination!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This sauce is a must-have for your next summer cookout!
This sauce is a must-have for your next summer cookout!

Once you make this heavenly coffee barbecue sauce, you might find yourself wanting to prepare a bigger batch for future use. You can do so, as long as you follow these recommended storage tips.

First of all, it’s crucial to let the coffee barbecue sauce cool down before storing it. Leave it in the fridge for a few hours before transferring it into an airtight container or mason jar.

If you’re making it ahead of time, this barbecue sauce can sit in the fridge for up to a week without losing its flavor. This is why many people choose to prepare it over the weekend for meal prep for the rest of the week.

When you’re ready to use it, take the sauce out of the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature – this may take up to an hour. Alternatively, microwave it at 30-second intervals until it’s warm.

If you prefer using the stove-top method, pour the desired amount of coffee barbecue sauce into a pan and warm it at medium-heat level while stirring continuously until heated through.

Remember not to boil this barbeque sauce; just heat until warm. You don’t want to lose any flavors by boiling off ingredients like Worcestershire or mustard which could potentially alter your dish’s consistency and texture.

In conclusion, making coffee barbecue sauce beforehand can make mealtime much easier, but you should consider following proper storage tips and reheating instructions to ensure you serve up only the best-tasting BBQ dishes for family and/or friends.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Coffee and BBQ? Yes, please.
Coffee and BBQ? Yes, please.

If you want to achieve the perfect coffee barbecue sauce, here are some tips that I can share with you. These tips will help you make the best barbecue sauce that your family and friends will love.

First, use freshly brewed coffee in your recipe. Avoid using instant coffee as it will not give you the same depth of flavor as fresh coffee.

Second, pay attention to the consistency of your sauce. If your sauce is too thin, add a little more brown sugar or tomato paste. If it’s too thick, add a bit more vinegar or lemon juice.

Third, adjust the level of sweetness and acidity to match your personal taste. If you like a sweeter sauce, add more brown sugar. If you prefer a more tangy flavor, increase the amount of vinegar or Worcestershire sauce.

Fourth, be careful when adding salt. Remember that some of your ingredients already contain salt, so taste your sauce before adding more.

Fifth, let your sauce cook slowly over low heat for at least 30 to 45 minutes. This allows all the flavors to blend together and develop.

Sixth, if you want to intensify the coffee flavor in your sauce, add a shot of espresso or a teaspoon of ground coffee.

Seventh, refrigerate your leftover sauce in an airtight container for up to two weeks. You can also freeze it for later use.

By following these tips, you can create the perfect coffee barbecue sauce that will elevate any dish that you make!


Now, let’s move on to the FAQ section to clear any doubts or questions you may have about this amazing coffee barbecue sauce recipe. So, sit tight and read on to discover all the answers to the most commonly asked questions!

What does coffee do to BBQ?

Coffee can surprisingly enhance the flavor of barbecue dishes. The acidic properties of coffee can help soften and tenderize meat, while imparting a rich and nutty taste. This makes coffee an excellent addition to bbq rubs or sauces.

Why add apple cider vinegar to BBQ sauce?

In order to achieve the ideal balance of flavors, I recommend incorporating tangy apple cider vinegar into your coffee sauce. For a touch of sweetness, a small portion of brown sugar should suffice as it also adds depth with a subtle hint of molasses. Two tablespoons of honey can also be added to provide additional sweetness according to individual preference.

What is in Texas Roadhouse BBQ sauce?

Get ready for a flavor explosion with Roadhouse Original BBQ Sauce! Made from a delicious blend of ingredients such as tomato puree, vinegar, sugar, pineapple, raisins, natural smoke flavor, and more, this sauce is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

How do you thicken coffee sauce?

To prepare a rich and thick coffee, begin by boiling water and sugar in a pot until the sugar completely dissolves. Next, create a paste-like consistency by mixing cornflour with water. Once the sugar mixture is boiling, add the cornflour paste to it and mix it well. Continue stirring the coffee mixture until it thickens and coats the back of a ladle or spatula. At this point, your delicious coffee is ready to be served!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this coffee barbecue sauce recipe will take your grilling game to the next level. Its rich and smoky flavor profile, combined with a tangy kick from the Worcestershire sauce and vinegar, make it the perfect condiment for a variety of meats, from chicken to pork ribs.

By using brewed coffee as the base ingredient, you’re also adding a unique depth of flavor that traditional barbecue sauces lack. And with easy substitutions and variations, this recipe can be adapted to fit your personal preferences.

So why settle for store-bought BBQ sauce when you can create your own delicious blend at home? Give this coffee barbecue sauce recipe a try and impress your family and friends at your next cookout. Trust me, they’ll be asking for the recipe!

Coffee Barbecue Sauce

Coffee Barbecue Sauce Recipe

An easy to make tasty barbecue sauce made with cold coffee. It keeps well for a long time in a glass jar in refrigerator. Use as a sauce for precooked chicken wings or ribs in the oven. Or cook raw wings as directed below. Sauce can also be used for pork chops or spareribs or any recipe calling for barbecue sauce. Easy to make with readily available ingredients. A good way to use up leftover coffee. Time given is to make the sauce only and the yield is an estimate.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups
Calories 402.7 kcal


  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup vinegar


  • Place all sauce ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a full boil; reduce heat to simmer and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour sauce over raw wings.
  • Bake for 1 or 2 hours at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until done, basting occasionally.

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Serving: 1080gCalories: 402.7kcalCarbohydrates: 51.5gProtein: 1.5gFat: 23.2gSaturated Fat: 14.6gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 1183.9mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 44.4g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Low Protein, Sauces
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