Delicious Kona BBQ Sauce Recipe for Savoring

Aloha! Are you looking for a new and exciting way to add some flavor to your barbeque this summer? Look no further than this Kona coffee barbeque sauce recipe!

If you’re a fan of coffee, like me, then you know that it pairs perfectly with just about anything. And what’s better than combining your love for coffee with your love for BBQ? This recipe blends bold Kona coffee with zesty BBQ sauce to create a delightful dining experience.

Da Kine Hawaiian recipe blends the flavors of Kona coffee and classic BBQ sauce to create a unique twist on traditional barbecue. Kona coffee is known for its smooth and light roasted taste, while the formulated decades island BBQ sauce brings molasses flavor that is savory in every bite.

Trust me on this one; I’ve been experimenting with coffee recipes for years, and this Kona coffee barbeque sauce is one of my favorites. The sweet brown sugar packed sauce is perfect on everything from grilled baby back ribs to oven-baked chicken kona.

So, let’s fire up the grill and get cooking with this delicious sauce that will leave your guests begging for more.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Kona Coffee Barbeuce Sauce
Kona Coffee Barbeuce Sauce

If you’re a BBQ lover with a passion for coffee, then you’re in for a treat. This Kona Coffee Barbeque Sauce recipe is the perfect blend of bold coffee flavors and zesty BBQ sauce that’s sure to delight your taste buds. Here’s why you’ll love it:

Firstly, this sauce recipe blends decades of island experience into one delightful dining experience. It combines the richness of Kona Coffee with the tangy notes of traditional BBQ sauce ingredients such as honey, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, cider vinegar, and brown sugar, to name a few.

Secondly, the recipe features the exclusive King Hawaiian brand that makes the perfect vessel for this delicious BBQ sauce. The soft texture of King Hawaiian rolls allows for a mouth-watering balance between the tender meat and the flavorful sauce.

Thirdly, the recipe is incredibly versatile. You can pair it with various meats such as ribs (baby back, keawe grilled or oven-baked), tri-tip or even chicken.

Lastly (and most importantly), this recipe is easy to make at home using readily available ingredients. You don’t need any fancy equipment or exotic spices, just some basic ingredients such as onion, roasted garlic and instant Kona coffee.

In summary, if you’re looking for a unique take on the classic BBQ sauce, then this Kona Coffee Barbeque Sauce recipe is perfect for you. It’s an excellent addition to any coffee-lover’s cookbook and will leave your guests asking for more at your next cookout.

Ingredient List

 A mouth-watering sauce to elevate your BBQ!
A mouth-watering sauce to elevate your BBQ!

Ingredient List

Gather these flavorful ingredients to make the astonishingly delicious Kona Coffee Barbecue Sauce.

Main Ingredients

  • Kona coffee: Achieve a bold coffee flavor with 100% Kona coffee, not the instant type.
  • Ketchup: We recommend using Heinz ketchup for its perfect balance of tanginess and sweetness.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Gives the sauce a sour taste and tenderizes the meat. Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar is an excellent option.
  • Brown sugar: Packed brown sugar adds sweetness and a thick consistency to the sauce.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Adds savory umami flavors to the coffee-based sauce. Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce is a well-known brand that works well with this recipe.

Other Ingredients

  • Honey: Balances out the sourness of apple cider vinegar and adds smoothness.
  • Onion: Cooked onion in sauce adds sweetness, depth, and texture.
  • Cider Vinegar: Makes your recipe tastier while tenderizing meat tissues, also serves as a preservative.
  • Garlic cloves: Roasted garlic is sweet, less pungent and more complex than raw garlic
  • Dijon mustard: Enhances flavor further with its slight tanginess and pungency. Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard is great for this recipe.
  • Soy Sauce: For a more intense umami flavor, add soy sauce to taste. Use less salt or no salt at all if soy sauce is used
  • Kosher Salt: Use according to personal preference – adjust as needed.

You can find some of these ingredients at King’s Hawaiian Store, Lassen’s Organic Market, or Whole Foods Market.

The Recipe How-To

 Rich & bold, this sauce is not for the faint-hearted.
Rich & bold, this sauce is not for the faint-hearted.

Now, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of making this Kona Coffee Barbeque Sauce recipe! Trust me when I say that patience and attention to detail will be your best friends throughout this process. Let’s dive in!


Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
– 1 cup King’s Hawaiian Kona Coffee BBQ Sauce
– ½ cup ketchup
– ½ cup honey
– ¼ cup cider vinegar
– 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
– 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
– 1 teaspoon kosher salt
– 1 teaspoon black pepper

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together all of the ingredients until fully combined.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on it and adjust the heat as necessary to prevent burning.
  3. Once the sauce has thickened and reduced slightly, remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Pour the sauce into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. (Be careful when blending hot liquids – start on a low speed and gradually increase as needed.)
  5. Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any lumps or chunks.
  6. Return the sauce to the saucepan and bring it back up to a gentle simmer over low heat.
  7. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.

And that’s it! You now have a delicious Kona Coffee Barbeque Sauce ready to slather on ribs, chicken, or any other BBQ favorite. Don’t forget to share your culinary creation with us using #KonaCoffeeBBQSauce!

Substitutions and Variations

 Our signature blend of Kona coffee and spices.
Our signature blend of Kona coffee and spices.

Coffee BBQ sauce is a unique blend of sweet, tangy, and nutty flavors. However, don’t hesitate to modify its taste according to your preferences. Here are some of the substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce: If you’re not a fan of Dijon mustard, switch it up with honey mustard instead. You can replace 1/4 cup of Dijon mustard with honey mustard.

– Vegan BBQ Sauce: You can make a vegan version of this sauce by replacing Worcestershire sauce with soy sauce or liquid smoke seasoning.

– Spicy BBQ Sauce: To give your BBQ sauce a spicy kick, add 1 tsp of cayenne pepper or chili flakes.

– Coffee Rub: Try adding a tablespoon of coffee grounds to the brown sugar rub that goes on the meat before grilling.

– Kahlua BBQ Sauce: Switch the regular brewed coffee with Kahlua to give your sauce a deep coffee flavor and a hint of sweetness.

– Instant Coffee BBQ Sauce: If you don’t have enough time or resources to brew coffee, instant coffee granules are an excellent substitute. Use 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules dissolved in 1 cup hot water as an alternative.

– Hawaiian BBQ Sauce: For those who want to experience the authentic tropical Hawaiian flavors, add pineapple juice to the recipe to create a sweet-tart taste that blends perfectly with brown sugar, onion, and roasted garlic flavors.

Remember that recipe variations can change the texture and taste of your sauce entirely. Make sure to adjust seasonings accordingly or consult with our baristas for expert advice on which ingredients work well together.

Serving and Pairing

 A match made in heaven for grilled chicken, steak, and ribs.
A match made in heaven for grilled chicken, steak, and ribs.

This delicious Kona Coffee BBQ Sauce recipe packs a punch with its bold and zesty coffee flavor. It pairs perfectly with grilled keawe chicken or tri-tip, but allows for endless possibilities when it comes to serving.

For a classic Hawaiian BBQ experience, try serving the Kona Coffee BBQ Sauce with King’s Hawaiian rolls and slow-cooked baby back ribs. The sweetness of the bread contrasts beautifully with the tanginess of the sauce, while the tender meat falls right off the bone.

Looking for a side dish? You can never go wrong with macaroni salad or coleslaw. The creaminess of the pasta or crunchiness of the vegetables is a great complement to any smoky, barbecue flavor.

Or why not try going beyond typical BBQ fare? This versatile sauce is equally delicious on oven-baked chicken or as a marinade for shrimp skewers. Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with flavors!

As for pairing, a cup of light-roasted Kona coffee would make an excellent pairing with this sauce. The coffee enhances the dark, bold flavors and adds to the delightful dining experience.

This delightful sauce promises to elevate any meal from ordinary to extraordinary, offering an excellent balance of sweet and savory flavors that will satisfy any palate!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors.
The perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors.

This Kona Coffee Barbecue Sauce is a true staple that can be used in various dishes. Luckily, it’s easy to make a large batch of this tasty sauce ahead of time, which will save you some time later on. Once you have prepared the sauce, let it cool to room temperature. Then, transfer it into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

In order to use the sauce again after storing it, simply remove it from the fridge and bring it back to room temperature. If the sauce has thickened in the refrigerator, gently reheat it over low heat on the stove until it thins out.

If you are planning ahead for a special event or looking for a way to take your barbecue game to the next level, make a big batch of the sauce and freeze it. Be sure to store it in an airtight freezer-safe container and leave some headspace as the sauce will expand as it freezes. The sauce can be frozen for up to two months.

When you’re ready to serve your dish with this delicious Kona Coffee Barbecue Sauce, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating as usual. This will ensure that your food is always perfectly coated with the delectable flavors of kona coffee, honey, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder and garlic!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Smokey, savory, and addictively delicious.
Smokey, savory, and addictively delicious.

Now that you have all the ingredients laid out to make the perfect Kona Coffee BBQ sauce, let’s talk about a few tips to ensure that your dish turns out to be a culinary masterpiece. Here are some helpful tips for preparing and serving an irresistible and delicious BBQ sauce.

First and foremost, make sure that you use freshly roasted coffee grounds. It gives the sauce its rich, bold flavor, and subtle aroma that can’t be replicated by instant coffee. Lightly roasted Kona coffee works best in this recipe providing complexity and depth.

Another tip is to cook the sauce low and slow until it thickens. While it may be tempting to cook at a high temperature and hurry through the process, it’s important to give the flavors a chance to meld together over time. This will allow your BBQ sauce to reach its full potential, as the ingredients come together like a symphony creating an aromatic masterpiece.

Be careful when grilling with this sauce because of its high sugar content caramelizes quickly making it susceptible to burning. To avoid this problem, marinate your meats in coffee bbq or your favorite marinade recipe before grilling them until almost done. Then brush on the Kona Coffee BBQ Sauce during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.

Also remember that different brands of ketchup might have varying levels of sweetness or acidity; therefore, adjust vinegar amounts accordingly if necessary. Taste and tweak according to personal preferences for sweet sauces or tangy sauces.

Lastly, experiment with additional ingredients such as Kahlua or soy sauce in small quantities until you find the right balance of flavors that match your taste buds.

In conclusion, using fresh, high-quality ingredients cooked low and slow while adjusting for desired flavor profile along with practicing safe grilling habits can help turn your Kona Coffee BBQ Sauce into a delightful dining experience. With these tips learned from decades of crafted island experience in our Hawaiian recipe blends, you can now create perfect Kona Coffee BBQ sauce every time.


As with any recipe, you may have questions along the way. Here are some of the most common questions I get asked about this Kona Coffee Barbeque Sauce Recipe. Don’t worry if your question isn’t listed here – feel free to experiment and make this recipe your own!

What is Hawaiian BBQ sauce made of?

The Hawaiian BBQ sauce is renowned for its exotic flavor that will transport you to the islands. It’s composed of a tomato ketchup base, coupled with the infusion of tangy pineapple, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and brown sugar. It bears similarities to the classic Kansas City Style BBQ sauce; however, its unique distinctiveness sets it apart.

How to make your own barbecue sauce?

To make a delicious coffee, we need to add a blend of different ingredients. Begin by mixing 1/2 cup of ketchup, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the mix, along with some hot sauce or cayenne pepper for a bit of a kick. Sprinkle in 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic and a dash of mustard powder. Finally, add 1 teaspoon of salt, and mix well to combine the flavors. This blend of ingredients will make a delightful cup of coffee that is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Why add apple cider vinegar to BBQ sauce?

To create a perfectly balanced sauce with a delicious tangy flavor, I suggest adding apple cider vinegar. To enhance the flavor and add a hint of molasses, include ¼ cup of brown sugar. For a touch of sweetness, mix in a few tablespoons of your preferred honey.

What does adding brown sugar to BBQ sauce do?

Incorporating brown sugar into BBQ sauce renders a richer molasses taste and a subtle touch of sugary-sweetness to the dish.

Bottom Line

If you’re a fan of delicious barbecue sauce, you can’t miss out on the Kona Coffee Barbecue Sauce recipe. With its bold coffee and zesty flavors, this sauce is sure to elevate any barbecue experience.

What’s even better about this recipe is that it can be easily customized to your own tastes. Like your sauce with a bit more sweetness? Add more brown sugar. Prefer a tangy taste? Increase the amount of cider vinegar. The possibilities are endless.

So why not try out this delightful dining experience for yourself? Whether you’re using it on keawe-grilled baby back ribs or oven-baked chicken, this sauce will take your meal to the next level. With coffee-inspired recipes like this, there’s no end to the deliciousness you can create in the kitchen – so get cooking!

Kona Coffee Barbeuce Sauce

Kona Coffee Barbeuce Sauce Recipe

I found this recipe online using Kona coffee and posted by Jen93940. I haven't made it yet but am posting it for ZWT7. Times and servings are guesstimates.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Condiment
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 2 cups
Calories 1110.3 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons roasted garlic
  • 1 onion, yellow, diced and caramelized
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups coffee, strong Kona coffee
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried chipotle powder
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey


  • Combine all ingredients in saucepan and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer, and reduce by 1/2.
  • Using stick blender, blend until smooth.
  • Cool and use as needed.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 2031gCalories: 1110.3kcalCarbohydrates: 278.6gProtein: 7.7gFat: 2.6gSaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 4371.1mgFiber: 5.3gSugar: 248.4g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Hawaiian, Polynesian, Sauces
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