Smoky and Sweet Black Coffee BBQ Sauce Recipe

Barbecue sauce is a staple for any grill lover, but it can sometimes be too sweet or too smoky. Introducing the Black Coffee Barbecue Sauce Recipe, a unique combination of tangy and savory flavors that’s sure to impress your taste buds.

What sets this recipe apart is the use of brewed coffee. The dark and rich flavor of coffee creates a depth of complexity that you won’t find in your typical barbecue sauce. And with ingredients like Worcestershire sauce, dark molasses, and chili powder, this sauce has a perfect balance between sweet and spicy.

As a barista, I understand the importance of pairing flavors in food and drinks. That’s why I’ve taken my knowledge from brewing coffee and applied it to creating a barbecue sauce that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

Whether you’re grilling chicken or ribs, this black coffee barbecue sauce will add a unique twist to your dishes that your guests won’t forget. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you. So let’s jump into the recipe and start cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Black Coffee Barbecue Sauce
Black Coffee Barbecue Sauce

If you’re a fan of barbecue sauce, then you’ll absolutely love this black coffee barbecue sauce recipe. It is a match made in heaven for meat lovers who are looking for something unique and flavorful to add to their dishes.

One of the main reasons why you’ll love this recipe is because it combines the rich, robust flavor of dark coffee with the sweet and tangy taste of homemade barbecue sauce. The combination of ingredients creates a perfect balance that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Moreover, this recipe is incredibly versatile and easy to make. All you need are basic pantry staples that are readily available in your kitchen. You can whip up a batch within minutes, making it an ideal option when hosting a backyard barbecue or when you need to add some flavor to your weekday meals.

Not only is it versatile and easy to make, but it is healthier than store-bought barbecue sauces, as you have complete control over the ingredients that go into it. Also, by making it at home, you have the opportunity to experiment with different flavors and customize it according to your liking.

Another great reason why this recipe will win your heart is because it pairs well with almost any type of meat. Whether you prefer chicken, beef, or pork, a dollop of this black coffee barbecue sauce can elevate any dish to an entirely new level.

So if you’re looking for a new BBQ sauce recipe that’s sure to be a hit among family and friends alike, then give this one a try! You won’t regret it.

Ingredient List

 Drizzle this scrumptious black coffee barbecue sauce over your ribs for a flavor boost that'll knock your socks off!
Drizzle this scrumptious black coffee barbecue sauce over your ribs for a flavor boost that’ll knock your socks off!

Ingredients for Black Coffee Barbecue Sauce Recipe

  • 2 cups brewed coffee, preferably dark roast
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hot dry mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

This recipe requires a variety of bold flavors. The key ingredient is brewed coffee, preferably dark roast for a rich and robust flavor. Ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and red wine vinegar strike a perfect balance between sweet, sour and tangy. Hot dry mustard powder, chili powder, and cumin add a subtle kick to the mix. Garlic cloves and finely chopped onion give the sauce an extra depth of flavor that will complement your grilled dishes perfectly.

The Recipe How-To

Now, let’s dive into making this delicious black coffee barbecue sauce. Follow these simple steps to impress your guests at your next BBQ gathering!

Preparing the Ingredients

Before starting anything, make sure all the ingredients are prepared, measured and ready to go. There’s nothing more stressful than a burnt garlic because you haven’t had time to chop the onion!

  1. Onion: Begin by peeling and chopping the onion. Try to chop it as small and uniform as possible.

  2. Garlic: Peel, then finely mince garlic cloves or use a garlic press.

  3. Ketchup: Measure out 1 cup of ketchup in a medium-size mixing bowl.

  4. Dark brown sugar: Measure out 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar into another mixing bowl.

  5. Dark molasses: After measuring out the brown sugar, use that same measuring cup to measure out 1/4 cup of dark molasses.

  6. Brewed coffee: Brew some dark coffee for use in this recipe – 1 cup brewed equals around 7-8 ounces.

  7. Worcestershire sauce and hot dry mustard: Prepare 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and 1 teaspoon of hot dry mustard, then mix together in a small mixing bowl.

Cooking the Sauce

Now that you’ve done all the prep work, it’s time to start cooking!

  1. Heat a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat.

  2. Add ont he chopped onions, minced garlic, and sauté until soft and translucent – around 5 minutes.

  3. Add ketchup, dark brown sugar, cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce-mustard mixture, chili powder and cumin to the pan with onion-garlic mixture.

  4. Stir everything together and add black coffee into the mixture slowly while continuing to stir until well combined.

  5. Then add captain rodney’s OR any other savory spice blend barbecue sauce into the pan, stirring until everything looks homogeneous.

  6. Bring the saucepan to boil over medium heat while stirring frequently.

  7. Once boiled, reduce heat until it simmers then continue cooking for around six to eight minutes while stirring occasionally till thickens up.

Final Step

Remove from heat once it reaches the desired thickness; if you want it thicker cook for longer periodon low flame or add cornstarch likewise if too thick then thin it with some water or apple cider vinegar). The sauce is now ready! Let it cool down completely before serving or storing in airtight container refrigerated for later use.

Don’t forget: A perfect barbecue is not only about grilling beautiful cuts of meat but also having an excellent homemade barbecue sauce like this black coffee version!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to elevate your grilling game with this dark, bold and irresistible black coffee infused sauce that'll leave everyone craving more!
Get ready to elevate your grilling game with this dark, bold and irresistible black coffee infused sauce that’ll leave everyone craving more!

This black coffee barbecue sauce recipe is already packed with flavor, but you can customize it to your liking or depending on what ingredients you have on hand.

If you’re looking to make this recipe a bit less sweet, you can cut down on the amount of dark brown sugar that’s used (1 1/2 cups) or use a sugar substitute. You can also try using honey instead of molasses for a different twist on the flavor.

For those who want a spicier sauce, adding more chili powder (up to 3 tablespoons) or hot sauce is always an option. You could also use cayenne pepper or chipotle powder to add some heat.

If you don’t have red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar can be substituted in the same quantity. And if you don’t have Worcestershire sauce, you can try using soy sauce or steak sauce instead.

For a coffee-free version of this sauce, brewed espresso can be substituted with instant coffee or left out entirely. The coffee beans add depth to the flavor, so if you omit them altogether, consider adding something like savory spices instead.

Finally, for those who prefer a homemade barbecue sauce that’s not so tangy, substituting tomato sauce and ketchup with 15-ounces of tomato paste and 1/4 cup of honey will transform this into a delicious honey BBQ sauce.

Remember, as with any recipe, feel free to experiment and adjust according to your taste preferences.

Serving and Pairing

Black Coffee Barbecue Sauce is a game-changer when it comes to grilling season. Whether you’re brushing it on ribs, chicken, steak, or burgers, the deep and smoky flavor pairs perfectly with various grilled or smoked meats. It is a versatile sauce that can be used as a dipping sauce for fries or poured over baked beans for a delightful twist.

For those hosting backyard barbeques or parties, this sauce can be served alongside grilled vegetables like corn on the cob, zucchini, onions, and peppers for some added flavor. To highlight its bold taste, you may also consider pairing it with red meat dishes such as flank steak or pulled pork.

Pair it with an ice-cold beer to cut through the richness of the sauce or complement its flavors with a full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon. Another perfect pairing for this delicious barbecue sauce is a cold glass of iced tea that harmonizes well with the summer heat.

Moreover, you can add a dollop of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt to balance out the spiciness of the sauce and make it more tangy and creamy. This versatile sauce offers endless possibilities in terms of how to serve and pair it up to your preference.

With its bold flavor and finger-licking texture, you’re sure to entice your guests with a plate full of delicious food seasoned with this unique Black Coffee Barbecue Sauce.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

The beauty of this black coffee barbecue sauce recipe is how easy it is to make ahead and store for later use. In fact, the flavors meld together even more when allowed to sit overnight in the fridge. Simply transfer the cooled sauce to an airtight container or mason jar, and it will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.

To reheat the sauce, simply spoon out the amount you need and microwave it for 20-30 seconds or until it’s warmed to your preference. You can also reheat it on a stovetop by placing the desired amount in a small saucepan on low heat, stirring occasionally until it reaches your desired temperature.

If you’re planning to store the barbecue sauce for longer periods, you can choose to freeze it too. An airtight container or freezer bag will help prevent freezer burn and keep your sauce well preserved.

When ready to use after thawing, stir well and then proceed with reheating instructions mentioned above. There may be some settling in the form of separation of the ingredients during freezing, but stirring will bring everything back together again.

Remember that homemade barbecue sauces contain natural ingredients that won’t have preservatives like store-bought sauces, so they won’t last as long. It is always better to err on the side of caution and throw away leftover barbecue sauce that is more than three weeks old or if it smells sour.

You’ll find that this black coffee barbecue sauce is definitely worth making in large quantities so that you can store some for later use. You might want to double or triple up on the recipe for convenience too so that you always have some delicious flavor-packed barbecue sauce around when needed.

Tips for Perfect Results

If you want to make the perfect black coffee barbecue sauce, I’ve got some tips for you. To start with, use good quality ingredients. This may seem obvious, but using the best produce and seasonings that you can find will make all the difference in your final result. Using fresh garlic and onions will add a depth of flavor and complexity to your sauce. Dark molasses will give your sauce a richness and complexity that can’t be beat.

Another tip is to let your sauce cook low and slow. It’s tempting to crank up the heat and try to get it done quickly, but this could result in burnt flavors and disappointing results. Keep the heat at a steady low to medium heat and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When adding salt to taste, do so judiciously. Start with small amounts of salt and gradually add as it needs. Remember that Worcestershire sauce contains salt already, so be careful not to overdo it.

If you prefer a spicier barbecue sauce, add more chili powder or hot dry mustard. For a milder taste, reduce the amount of these ingredients or eliminate them altogether.

Lastly, let your finished sauce rest for a bit before serving it – this allows time for the flavors to meld together and develop even further. Enjoy!


While black coffee barbecue sauce might not be the norm, it does have a unique taste that will leave you craving more. Some people may still have questions or doubts about this recipe, and that’s where our FAQ section comes in. We’ve rounded up some of the most common questions asked about making a coffee barbecue sauce, so you can have all your doubts cleared up before firing up the grill. Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a beginner, this FAQ section will help you make the perfect black coffee barbecue sauce every time.

Why do you add brown sugar to BBQ sauce?

To balance the sweetness of a standard barbecue sauce, one can add brown sugar, molasses, or honey. These are especially useful if the sauce is quite tangy or spicy. Additionally, to enhance the flavor of bottled sauces, it is recommended to add spices and herbs since the bold flavors can sometimes overpower the subtle hints present in the sauce.

Can I use dark brown sugar in BBQ sauce?

When it comes to making BBQ sauce, using dark brown sugar is the way to go. This type of sugar adds a rich, molasses flavor to the sauce, giving it a deep and savory taste. So, if you want to take your BBQ sauce game to the next level, be sure to grab a bag of dark brown sugar.

What is Black Gold BBQ sauce?

This sauce is produced using a Canadian recipe that involves combining both local and foreign ingredients. The mustard seeds and apple cider vinegar used in the production process are sourced locally in Canada. The sauce’s unique golden hue and tangy taste are imparted by its mustard-based recipe, which sets it apart from the more common sweet tomato-based sauces. The sauce is made in small batches, ensuring that its quality is carefully monitored.

What is Ghost BBQ sauce?

My latest creation at the café is a flavorful BBQ sauce that has a touch of southern inspiration. Dubbed as the Haunted Heat BBQ Sauce, it packs a punch of spiciness without being too overwhelming on the palate. This BBQ sauce is crafted with all-natural ingredients and is free from gluten, MSG, and high fructose corn syrup.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Black Coffee Barbecue Sauce recipe is a unique and flavorful addition to any grilling or BBQ event. This sauce, with its rich and tangy taste and aroma, is sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more.

With simple ingredients such as brewed coffee, ketchup, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and more, this recipe is easy to follow and will result in a mouth-watering barbecue sauce that can be used on a variety of meats, vegetables, or even as a dipping sauce.

But don’t stop there. Experiment with different variations of the recipe by changing up the type or amount of ingredients. Substitute brown sugar with honey for a sweeter taste or add some chili powder for a spicier kick. The possibilities are endless.

Overall, the Black Coffee Barbecue Sauce is an excellent choice for those who enjoy bold flavors but want to try something different than traditional BBQ sauces. Impress your guests with this savory sauce at your next cookout and watch as they become true fans of your cooking skills.

Black Coffee Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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.

  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, espresso preferred
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped, about 1 cup
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tablespoons dark molasses
  • 2 tablespoons hot dry mustard, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cumin, ground
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  2. Cool, then puree in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a covered container.
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