Coffee Chili Beef Ribs: A Spicy Delight for Meat Lovers!

Are you tired of the same old boring beef short ribs recipe? Then let me introduce you to coffee chili rubbed beef short ribs recipe. This recipe is the perfect harmony of spicy and smoky flavors that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

The key ingredient to elevate the taste of these beef short ribs is coffee beans. We use dark roast coffee beans to make a fine ground rub and add an ancho chile kick to it. This coffee rub not only adds depth of flavor but also lends a gorgeous bark when cooked low and slow.

Trust me; this recipe will be a game-changer at your dinner table. Whether you are hosting a family gathering or having a small dinner party, nothing beats a plate of hot and juicy beef short ribs. So why wait? Grab those aprons and get ready to cook up a storm!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Chili Rubbed Beef Short Ribs
Coffee Chili Rubbed Beef Short Ribs

If you’re a beef lover, there’s nothing quite like the succulent taste of short ribs, and when those short ribs are coffee chili rubbed, the taste is truly out of this world! Coffee chili rubbed beef short ribs recipe is an innovative and delicious recipe that will have your taste buds rejoicing. There’s just so much to love about this recipe!

Firstly, the flavor profile is simply amazing. The combination of coffee and chili gives the meat a unique depth of smokiness with a spicy kick that lingers long after every bite. The brown sugar adds a subtle sweetness that balances out the flavors perfectly. It’s the perfect choice for those who appreciate different tastes in their food, and for adventurous eaters who love trying new things.

Secondly, this recipe is relatively easy to make. You don’t have to be a professional chef to achieve tender and juicy ribs. All you need are some basic ingredients like dark brown sugar, chile powder, and coffee beans to create the rub that gives the beef its noticeable coffee flavor. You can easily find these items from your local store or online.

Thirdly, this recipe lends itself to substitutions and variations. If you prefer spicier food, you could add more chile powder or hot smoked paprika to the mix. If you’re not fond of too much smokiness on your meat or want to tone down the spices, you can easily adjust it according to your taste preference.

Lastly, this recipe works great for any occasion! Whether it’s for a backyard barbecue with friends, a romantic dinner for two, or even for an impressive date night at home, coffee chili rubbed beef short ribs will definitely impress your guests and elevate any evening meal.

In conclusion, these coffee chili rubbed beef short ribs should be at the top of your list if you’re looking to try something new and delicious. The flavors are bold but still manage to create an unforgettable taste that is simply divine. Try it today and let your taste buds revel in pure beefy goodness!

Ingredient List

 Sink your teeth into these flavor-packed coffee chili rubbed beef short ribs!
Sink your teeth into these flavor-packed coffee chili rubbed beef short ribs!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this coffee chili rubbed beef short ribs recipe:

  • 2lbs beef short ribs
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground dark roast coffee beans
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 cups dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided (more may be needed)
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 2-3 basil leaves, chopped

Make sure to have all of these ingredients ready before starting to prepare the dish. Some of them may not be commonly found in a pantry but can be easily purchased on most grocery stores. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from store employees since these items may be out of stock or located in an unfamiliar section of the store.

The Recipe How-To

 These are hands down the best ribs you'll ever taste!
These are hands down the best ribs you’ll ever taste!

Now let’s get to the heart of the matter, making these Coffee Chili Rubbed Beef Short Ribs. Follow these simple steps to create a dish that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Step 1: Prepare the Rub

Combine 2 tablespoons of finely ground coffee, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt, 2 teaspoons of onion powder, ½ teaspoon of ground chipotle chile pepper or cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon each black pepper and smoked paprika.

Mix well and gently rub half of it all over your ribs. The remaining half may be reserved for another use.

Note that you may also use a mortar and pestle to make an even tastier rub.

Step 2: Get Ready to Cook

You can cook your ribs either in a slow cooker or in the oven. Choose a slow cooker for added convenience by following steps 1-3 and placing it all in one. If you prefer to go with the oven option, allow yourself an extra hour at least because this dish does require time.

For Slow Cooker:

Cut two large yellow onions into thick slices (about ½ inch thick) and scatter around the bottom of a slow cooker. Place your rubbed short ribs on top, cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours until the meat is falling off the bone.

Pour in 3 cups of beef stock, a bottle of dark beer or red wine and any extra stir-ins you would like such as chopped tomato or fresh basil leaves before leaving your mixture to simmer for about an hour or until the liquid has reduced into a curry-like consistency.

For Oven Cooking:

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Take out a Dutch oven that can fit your short ribs and set it aside. In a skillet or pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over high heat. Sear the ribs on all sides until they are brown and develop a caramelized crust.

Remove the beef from the pan with tongs and place onto a plate.

Lower the heat on your skillet and add sliced onions to your empty pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly until the onions have softened. Add minced garlic cloves and cook for about 30 seconds before adding in any other stir-ins such as tomatoes and chile. Spread this mixture into your dutch oven and spread evenly.

Place your short ribs on top, uncovered, and roast them in the oven for at least 3 hours.

Step 3: Bring Your Dish Together

Remove the ribs from either cooker once they are done to get ready to serve them up. Serve topped with extra sauce or any other desired toppings such as chop basil, onion bits, or tomato salsa.

Step 4: Enjoy Your Coffee Chili Rubbed Beef Short Ribs!

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Substitutions and Variations

 Take your taste buds on a wild ride with this coffee and spice-infused rub.
Take your taste buds on a wild ride with this coffee and spice-infused rub.

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of ways to customize this coffee chili rubbed beef short ribs recipe to make it your own. Here are a few substitutions and variations to consider:

– Meat: If beef short ribs aren’t your thing, try pork ribs or even a prime rib steak for this recipe. You can also use a slow cooker instead of braising the meat on the stovetop.

– Rub: Experiment with different types of chili powder if you want to change the flavor profile. Smoked paprika, ancho chile powder, or even chipotle chili powder would all be delicious substitutes. You can also adjust the amount of coffee in the rub to taste.

– Sugar: Instead of brown sugar, you can use coconut sugar, honey or maple syrup for a different flavor profile.

– Salt: If you don’t have kosher salt on hand, substitute with sea salt or Himalayan pink salt instead.

– Coffee: Use smoked coffee or dark roast coffee for a deeper, richer flavor. You can also try adding finely ground coffee beans directly to the rub for a more intense coffee flavor.

– Vegetables: Not a fan of onion or garlic? Feel free to omit them from the recipe altogether or replace with other vegetables like bell peppers or mushrooms. For an herbaceous twist, throw in some fresh basil leaves towards the end of cooking time.

No matter how you choose to modify this recipe, remember that cooking is all about having fun and experimenting with new flavors!

Serving and Pairing

 Warning: these ribs are known to cause food comas from pure deliciousness.
Warning: these ribs are known to cause food comas from pure deliciousness.

These coffee-chile rubbed beef short ribs have a rich and intense flavor profile that pairs incredibly well with bold red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. The dish is perfect for special occasions or a cozy dinner with friends.

Consider serving the beef short ribs on top of a bed of creamy polenta or mashed potatoes to provide a comforting and tender base for the tender meat. Add a side of roasted Brussels sprouts or steamed asparagus to provide a balanced and nutritious meal.

For an extra kick of flavor, top the dish with chopped fresh basil leaves or diced tomatoes. This adds a burst of seasonal freshness to the savory and deep flavor of the beef short ribs.

Additionally, these coffee-chile rubbed beef short ribs could be paired with other hearty dishes for your barbecue party, such as BBQ ribs, prime rib, steak, or pork ribs. The smoky flavors and robustness would complement each other perfectly.

Overall, this unique recipe will introduce your taste buds to a new world of flavors that break away from conventional seasonings. Serve it up at your next gathering and watch the plates get cleaned in no time!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 No one will miss the BBQ sauce with this coffee chili rub.
No one will miss the BBQ sauce with this coffee chili rub.

As much as we would love to indulge in these delicious coffee chili rubbed beef short ribs freshly off the grill, it’s always practical to do some preparation ahead of time. Fortunately, you can make these ribs ahead of time without compromising on taste and texture.

To make-ahead, simply follow the recipe instructions up until the cooking process. Instead of braising, let the ribs cool down to room temperature and store them in an airtight container or a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for up to two days or in the freezer for up to three months.

When reheating the beef short ribs, there are two options. You can either reheat them in the oven or on a stovetop. For oven reheating: preheat your oven to 300°F (149°C). Place your beef short ribs in an oven-safe dish or a baking sheet, cover with foil, and bake for about 20-25 minutes if from frozen, or 10-15 minutes if refrigerated until they have reached an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

If you opt for stovetop reheating: place all of your beef short ribs along with their juices into a pot over medium heat. Simmer for around 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Storing leftovers properly is key to preserving their quality and safety. Cooked beef short ribs can last for up to three days in the refrigerator or stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

These coffee chili rubbed beef short ribs will satisfy both meat lovers and coffee addicts alike. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving them again before too long!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Enjoy these juicy, fall-off-the-bone ribs with a cold beer in hand.
Enjoy these juicy, fall-off-the-bone ribs with a cold beer in hand.

To make the perfect coffee chili-rubbed beef short ribs, there are a few tips that you need to keep in mind. Here they are:

1. Use high-quality ingredients: The taste of your coffee chili-rubbed beef short ribs largely depends on the quality of the ingredients you use. Buy fresh and organic ingredients whenever possible.

2. Make sure to sear the ribs: Searing the beef short ribs helps to lock in the moisture, giving them a nice crust and enhancing their flavor.

3. Don’t overcook the ribs: Overcooking the beef short ribs can make them tough and dry. So, keep an eye on them while braising so that they remain juicy and tender.

4. Let the meat rest: Once cooked, allow the beef short ribs to rest for about 10-15 minutes before serving. This will help redistribute the juices throughout the meat and make it more succulent.

5. Experiment with different coffee beans: Different types of coffee beans have different flavors and aromas, so feel free to experiment with various coffee beans until you find your favorite one for this recipe.

6. Use a good quality grill or smoker: If you plan to barbecue your short ribs, use a good quality smoker or grill that can maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process.

7. Be patient: Beef short ribs take time to cook and get tender, so be patient with them. Slow-cooking is key to achieving perfect results.

8. Pairing with wine: A full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah pairs well with coffee chili-rubbed beef short ribs. Try pairing it with Bonanno Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 for an incredible taste experience.

By following these tips, you will be able to make perfectly juicy and flavorful coffee chili-rubbed beef short ribs that will leave your taste buds wanting more!

Bottom Line

This Coffee Chili Rubbed Beef Short Ribs Recipe is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. With a unique blend of coffee, chilis, and brown sugar, these short ribs are flavorful, tender, and juicy.

What I love about this recipe is that you can easily adapt it to your personal tastes. Whether you prefer a spicy kick or a sweeter finish, the ingredients can be adjusted to meet your needs. Plus, the recipe can be made using a variety of cooking methods, from braised on the stovetop to slow-cooked in a crockpot.

I highly recommend trying this recipe for your next dinner party or special occasion. The bold flavors will impress your guests and leave them craving more. And if you’re looking for the perfect wine pairing, I suggest a Cabernet Sauvignon from Bonanno Napa Valley.

So go ahead and give this coffee chili rubbed beef short ribs recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Coffee Chili Rubbed Beef Short Ribs

Coffee Chili Rubbed Beef Short Ribs Recipe

This RawSpiceBar’s Dark Coffee & Chiles can also be used on pork aside from Coffee Chili Rubbed Beef Short Ribs. Just place the meat in a dish, dredge with the rub, and mix it into the meat. Cover and put in refrigerator for 8 to 24 hours. Let the meat come to room temperature before cooking.
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Prep Time 1 d
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 1895.5 kcal


  • 1 teaspoon dark coffee & chile
  • 2 lbs bone-in beef short ribs, cut into squares between the bones (about 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded if desired and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly brewed espresso
  • 1/2 of 28-ounce can chopped tomato
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • torn basil leaves


  • Place the ribs in a large bowl and sprinkle them with the full amount of RawSpiceBar’s Dark Coffee & Chiles. Massage the ribs with the rub, using your hands to ensure the ribs are completely coated. Cover and refrigerate for 6 to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC).
  • Remove the ribs from the fridge. In a Dutch oven or casserole dish large enough to fit all the ribs, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown the ribs on all sides, which ought to take 6 to 10 minutes. Be mindful of not smoking the kitchen up too much. Remove the ribs from the pot as they are done and place them on a plate.
  • Add the garlic, onion, and jalapeños to the drippings in the pot and cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes, turning down the heat to medium-low if necessary. Carefully pour in the espresso, tomatoes, and vinegar, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a simmer. Return the ribs to the pot, put the lid on, and slide it into the oven. Let the ribs braise until tender, 2 to 3 hours. (Begin checking the ribs at 2 hours and then check every 20 minutes or so after that.).
  • Remove the pot from the oven and let it rest for 30 minutes. If desired, skim any fat from the surface of the sauce. Serve the ribs in bowls with lots of sauce and sprinkle with torn basil leaves, if desired.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 630gCalories: 1895.5kcalCarbohydrates: 9.3gProtein: 66.7gFat: 175gSaturated Fat: 73.1gCholesterol: 345.3mgSodium: 237.7mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 4.7g
Keyword Meat, Steak, Very Low Carbs
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