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Coffee BBQ Sauce: A Unique and Flavorful Twist on Classic BBQ Sauce

Exploring the Origins and Delicious Possibilities of Coffee BBQ Sauce

Grilling Meats
Coffee BBQ Sauce: A Unique and Flavorful Twist on Classic BBQ Sauce

BBQ season is upon us, and what better way to spice up your favorite meats than with a unique and flavorful sauce? Coffee BBQ sauce is a delicious and unexpected twist on classic BBQ sauce, adding depth and richness to your dishes. In this guide, we'll show you how to make coffee BBQ sauce from scratch and provide some ideas for how to use it.

Barbecue sauces have been around since the early days of American colonization, with variations depending on the region. The earliest forms of BBQ sauce were made from simple combinations of vinegar and pepper, often used as a baste or dip for grilled meat. As time went on, the sauces became more complex and flavorful, with a wider variety of ingredients being added.

One such ingredient that has become popular in recent years is coffee. Coffee has a rich and bold flavor that pairs well with the smoky and savory flavors of barbecue. While the exact origins of coffee BBQ sauce are unclear, it is believed to have originated in the southern United States, where coffee is a popular beverage.

The first recorded recipe for coffee BBQ sauce dates back to the 1980s. The recipe called for brewed coffee, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, and spices. This early version of the sauce was a hit among BBQ enthusiasts and quickly became a staple at backyard cookouts.

Since then, coffee BBQ sauce has undergone several variations and adaptations. Some recipes use espresso or coffee grounds, while others add whiskey or bourbon for a smoky kick. Some recipes also include unique ingredients such as cocoa powder or chipotle peppers to enhance the flavor profile.

Today, coffee BBQ sauce is widely available in stores and online, with many different brands and variations to choose from. It is used as a marinade, a basting sauce, or a dipping sauce for meats such as beef, pork, and chicken. It is also commonly used as a sauce for grilled vegetables and tofu, as well as a condiment for sandwiches and burgers.

Despite its relatively recent appearance on the BBQ scene, coffee BBQ sauce has quickly become a favorite among food enthusiasts. Its bold and unique flavor adds depth and complexity to any dish, making it a versatile ingredient in any kitchen.

How to Make Coffee BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brewed Peet's Coffee

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the brewed coffee, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

  2. Stir well and bring to a simmer.

  3. Reduce heat to low and let the sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

  5. Once cooled, the sauce is ready to use or can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Ideas for Using Coffee BBQ Sauce Coffee BBQ sauce is a versatile and delicious addition to any BBQ dish. Here are some ideas for how to use it:

  1. Pulled Pork: Use Peet's Coffee BBQ sauce to add a unique and flavorful twist to your pulled pork. Mix the sauce into your cooked and shredded pork and serve on buns for a delicious sandwich.

  2. Beef Brisket: Coffee BBQ sauce is the perfect accompaniment to a slow-cooked beef brisket. Brush the sauce over the brisket during the last hour of cooking for a smoky and bold flavor.

  3. Grilled Chicken: Brush coffee BBQ sauce over grilled chicken breasts or thighs for a tangy and sweet glaze.

  4. Ribs: Coat your ribs with coffee BBQ sauce during the last few minutes of grilling for a delicious and flavorful finish.

  5. Burgers: Mix coffee BBQ sauce into your beef or turkey burger mix for a unique and juicy patty.

Notes on Using Peet's Coffee BBQ Sauce

  • For a spicier sauce, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.

  • Use a medium to dark roast coffee for a stronger flavor.

  • If you don't have apple cider vinegar on hand, substitute with white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar.

  • For a smoother sauce, blend the ingredients in a food processor or blender before simmering.

  • Peet's Coffee BBQ sauce can be used as a marinade for your meats. Simply marinate your beef, chicken, or pork in the sauce for at least an hour before cooking.


Coffee BBQ sauce is a delicious and unique twist on classic BBQ sauce that's sure to impress your guests. With just a few simple ingredients and some creativity, you can elevate your favorite BBQ dishes to the next level. Try out these ideas and tips, and experiment with your own uses for coffee BBQ sauce. Happy grilling!

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