Coffee-Infused BBQ Sauce

Coffee-Infused BBQ Sauce



Here is a fun and flavorful recipe for a coffee-infused BBQ sauce perfect for grilling, smoking, or braising meats. You can also use it as a dipping sauce!

Coffee-Infused BBQ Sauce

This recipe makes about 2 cups of sauce.

Ingredient Quantity
Strong brewed coffee (dark roast preferred) 1 cup
Ketchup (high-quality for best flavor) 1.5 cups
Brown sugar (packed) 3/4 cup
Apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup
Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons
Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons
Ground ginger 1 teaspoon
Smoked paprika 1 teaspoon
Garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon
Onion powder 1/2 teaspoon
Cayenne pepper (optional) Pinch to 1/4 teaspoon
Kosher salt To taste
Freshly ground black pepper To taste


  1. Gather your ingredients. Freshly ground coffee will add the most flavor, but good quality pre-ground coffee is fine too.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Whisk well to ensure everything is incorporated.
  3. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.
  4. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it reduces. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. For a smoother texture, you can use an immersion blender or transfer the sauce to a blender and purée until the desired consistency is reached. (Do not put it in the blender until cool!)
  5. Let cool slightly before using. The sauce will thicken further as it cools.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  • Experiment with different coffee roasts and brewing methods to find your favorite flavor profile. A cold brew concentrate can be used for a smoother, less acidic sauce.
  • For a spicier kick, add a few dashes of hot sauce or a finely chopped jalapeño pepper.
  • This sauce is perfect for grilling, smoking, or braising meats. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for chicken wings, meatballs, or even french fries!
  • Feel free to adjust the sweetness, smokiness, or heat level to suit your preferences.
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