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Great Grilling with Brown Sugar and Coffee Barbecue Sauce

You love coffee and EVERYTHING coffee - from your morning cup 'o joe to coffee-based desserts. Have you ever considered cooking with coffee?  Thanks to chef Art Smith, you can explore coffee-based cooking and dishes with his Brown Sugar and Coffee Barbecue Sauce.  

Brown Sugar and Coffee Barbecue Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped white onions
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chile
  • 1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons mild-flavored (light) molasses
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with added puree
  • 1 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 cup freshly brewed strong coffee or 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder dissolved in 1 cup hot water


Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and jalapeño; sauté until onions are tender, about 7 minutes. Add brown sugar, chilipowder, molasses, cilantro and cumin; stir until sugar dissolves. Stir in crushed tomatoes with puree, broth, and coffee; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until sauce thickens slightly and is reduced to 4 cups, stirring often, about 35 minutes. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill.

We would love to hear back from you if you try the sauce, including any recipes you want to share. Enjoy!  

Reader Comments (2)

Awesome! Just a couple weeks ago I had a smoked pork roast with a dry rub made from coffee. This recipe looks delicious.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve F

Aloha Steve. Thanks for your comment. If you try the recipe, we would love to hear your feedback. Mahalo.

September 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterEnergy Dude

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