For years, I have been trying desperately to like coffee. Not because I need the caffeine, and not even because my friends drink it, but because I absolutely adore coffee-flavored foods (read: ice cream, cupcakes, frosting, steak rubs) and it drives me mad that I can’t enjoy the beverage. Plus, I do want to look all cool and casual sitting in a coffee shop and sipping something warm and frothy that has a cute little heart design in the foam. And why can’t actual coffee just TASTE like a frappuccino with ice cream and mocha and whipped cream and tons of sugar?
It’s so not fair.
But it completely makes sense that the minute I saw Kay’s recipe for Coffee BBQ Sauce, I was itching to try it. My husband is the king of condiments in our house, and while he seriously uses cups of ketchup on things like burgers and fries, and while I seriously roll my eyes every single time and scream, “Stop! You’re ruining it!”… BBQ sauce is my favorite go-to dip or topping. I just couldn’t resist.
This sauce is so super simple. To start, you need coffee (so brew a strong pot!), ketchup, your favorite hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, chili powder, cumin, shallots, garlic and brown sugar.
Measure out your ingredients.
Chop up your onion and garlic.
And combine it all in a saucepan.
Mix it up well …
And allow it to come to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer to cook for about 40 minutes or so.
As it cooks, it will bubble and thicken and become just like your favorite BBQ sauce, all tangy and delicious.
And after a few hours of sitting at room temperature, it’s good to go.
This sauce has the perfect consistency and a great balance between a little tanginess and a bit of sweetness. You can taste the coffee—but just a hint of it, and in such a delicious, rich way. We’ve been enjoying this on steak and chicken, and I think it’s one of the best homemade BBQ sauces I’ve made. It’s different from a few other staple sauces I’ve whipped up before, and yes, I find it highly appropriate to have all different kinds of BBQ sauce in the fridge at all times.
Thanks so much Kay for the recipe! Check out her blog The Church Cook, where she serves up incredible dishes every week.
Rich, flavorful, coffee BBQ sauce.
- ½ cups Strong Brewed Coffee
- 1 cup Ketchup
- ¾ cups Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
- ½ cups Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ cups Finely Chopped Shallots
- ½ cups Sweet Red Chili Sauce
- 2 cloves Garlic, Grated
- 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Ground Cumin
- 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha Or Tabasco Sauce
Stir all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to simmer then reduce the heat to low until flavor melds, about 40 minutes, occasionally stirring the sauce. Cool to room temperature and serve. Will keep for about 2 weeks or more in the refrigerator.
Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
Jessica Merchant is a personal trainer turned food writer and blogger. Her blog, How Sweet Eats, is where she proclaims her love for all things sweet, all things bacon, and everything else in between. She works her magic in her Pittsburgh kitchen, which she shares with her husband of 2 years.
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sarah on 11.15.2012
sounds wonderful. is canning this bbq sauce possible? i’ve made two other bbq sauces for gifts and would love to include this as a trio of sauces!
Kay on 10.1.2012
Oh, thank you for this post, Jessica! I have been out of town and just realized that you did this! Your photos are so stunning! Thank you again!!
Jules on 9.30.2012
Love my coffee. I work at a real nice gas station in WI and get free coffee while working. If you liked the brownies with coffee..next time you are making or getting coffee try a cup of coffee, about 3/4 or a little less for you, then add hot chocolate. We have a fudge brownie hot chocolate that is awesome in coffee. Some days I still will add a splash of French vanilla creamer and some sugar..splenda for me! I also love internationals Hershey chocolate creamer with caramel for at home!
Rainy on 9.30.2012
Reminds me of Red Eye Gravy, what with the coffee in it.
Missy on 9.30.2012
If you are trying to drink Dunkin Donuts coffee, it’s no wonder you don’t like it. That stuff is vile. It is not a gateway coffee.
LouAnn on 9.30.2012
I loved your brother Mike on your show. He’s so sweet and the recipe is pretty great also! Thanks for sharing.
Gary on 9.29.2012
I made this today. Most excellent, thanks!
As a BBQ sauce fanatic, I accidentally found that slightly burning onions or shallots in a dry pan or with a very small amount of oil (because you want the onions to slightly burn, not carmelize, adds a wonderful flavor to BBQ sauces. Give it a try sometime. I now chop my onion in diced pieces, drop it in the hot sauce pan first, burn slightly, then dump in my other ingredients.
Diane on 9.28.2012
My husband puts ketchup on everything too! He doesn’t even taste it first, which drives me nuts. Anyway, this BBQ sauce looks great – I’m definitely going to try it.
Shawna C on 9.28.2012
Also, confession: I have been known to put a blog of whipped cream on top of my coffee when I’m feeling devil-may-care.
Shawna C on 9.28.2012
If you put enough sugar and cream in your coffee, it tastes just as delicious as the things you say you like that are coffee flavoured! Once you find how much you need to put in to get that taste, you can always, very, very gradually, start decreasing the sugar and replacing the cream with milk.
Adding a dash of cinnamon and/or cocoa is also lovely!
Allyn on 9.28.2012
Um, yum! That looks amazing.
Ann Goodlet on 9.28.2012
Wow this sounds really good. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe Jessica!
Travis Cotton on 9.28.2012
Ive been trying to find a good BBQ sauce recipe. Ill give this one a shot.
Southern Gal on 9.28.2012
I, too, have tried to like coffee. If it’s not Pumpkin Spice Latte I’m not loving it. I finally settled on chai latte to enjoy with my husband in the mornings. This sounds interesting!