Black Coffee Barbecue Sauce

"It's great to know folks like this sauce so much! I wish I could take credit for it but it was adopted after the original member left. Thank you, all, just the same. I have made the recipe with regular brewed coffee but highly recommend the espresso. In a pinch use strong instant if you have nothing else. The acid of the coffee balances the sweetness of the other ingredients."
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Ready In:
1 1/2 cups




  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  • Cool, then puree in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a covered container.

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  1. This was an excellent sauce! I did cut it in half and still have some left for next time. It was really tangy and BH really liked it. He was the one who braved the cold and went outside to cook it on the grill after I had marinaded two ribs for about an hour. I gave him some extra sauce to baste with and all turned out well. The time it took to prepare and the long list of ingredients used was well worth it. I may even try this during the winter as a slow roast or even a crockpot recipe for ribs as I still have quite a few of them in the freezer.
  2. This sauce is amazing. I have been looking for a recipe for a sauce similar to the sauce served at my favorite hometown rib joint. This is the closest thing I have found. I followed the recipe and only added 1/4 cup of bourbon.
  3. LOVED the flavor of this sauce! It's cool and rainy outside so I used it to baste some oven-roasted pork chops. It is simple to put together and so TASTY! I don't think I'm ever gonna buy it in a bottle again :)
  4. I lerterally just made this sauce before I read this post. I made coffee bbq sauce and googled it and this is the exact same ingredients minus I added home made hot sauce. Mind blown
  5. Other than leaving out the dry mustard, made recipe as posted. Great Sauce !! Used it on some drumsticks tonight as they were on sale.. It definately beats some of the store brand names. Made for I recommend.


  1. This is a great sauce! The only change I made was to substitute apple cider vinegar for the red wine vinegar. Next time I think I'm going to mix in chipotle powder with the chili powder for a smokey kick.


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