Coffee Barbecue Sauce

Coffee Barbecue Sauce
Coffee Barbecue Sauce
New York chef David Burke adds smokiness to his sauce with coffee beans.Todd Coleman

New York chef David Burke adds smokiness to his sauce with coffee beans. This recipe first appeared in our June/July 2011 BBQ issue.

Coffee Barbecue Sauce
New York chef David Burke adds smokiness to his sauce with coffee beans.
Yield: makes 1 3/4 Cups

Ingredients

  • 14 cup canola oil
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 34 cup coffee beans
  • 14 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 34 cup red wine vinegar
  • 12 cup tomato paste
  • 14 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. ground black pepper
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add beans, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, chile flakes, jalapeño, and zest and juice; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add ketchup, vinegar, paste, sugar, salt, and pepper, and bring to a simmer; cook, stirring, to marry flavors, about 10 minutes. Strain sauce before serving.