A Cup of Coffee Barbecue Sauced Steak

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Author Notes: Extra coffee, just brewed, is always a "staple" in our household. And this time of year, finally, we grill just about every night. This barbecue sauce is a breeze to make, and goes well with beef, chicken, pork, and even grilled portobello mushrooms. Bevi

Food52 Review: The barbecue sauce was tasty, though it didn't have the kick I expected. Leaving the steak to marinate overnight would give it more heat. I suggest an additional sprinkle of salt before placing it on the grill! It's sweet and tangy and barbecue sauce fans will love it. feastathome

Makes enough sauce for 2 big steaks

  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 dried ancho chile, stem and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice (use a regular lemon if Meyers aren't available)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Two 1 1/2-inch thick steaks, prime sirloin
  1. Place the ancho chile in the hot coffee and allow to steep for about 20 minutes. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor, and process until the ancho chile is pulverized and the sauce is a nice, thick texture.
  3. Return the sauce to the stovetop, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Place the steaks in a large ziploc bag, and add about 1/2 cup of the sauce. Squish the steaks around so they are well covered by the sauce. Place in the refrigerator for at least a few hours, or longer if possible. Bring steaks to room temperature before grilling.
  5. Slather more sauce on both sides of the steaks. Place steaks on a hot grill, and grill to your liking. We turn the steaks over after about 4 to 5 minutes, first slathering sauce on the steak, to grill for a total of 10 minutes.

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about 2 years ago krusher

Just sent this to my daughter in Geneva because it has come so highly recommended and it is summer here. Her recent photos shows that she has her big BBQ operating on her big balcony and she is choosing to get into that casual way of entertaining during the summer there. I have saved it for me too when warm weather returns to my part of the world.

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over 2 years ago Kukla

Congratulations Bevi on the CP! Such a great combination of tastes.

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over 2 years ago Bevi

I really hope you try it. BKR, Suzanne, and Lapadia all made the sauce and tweaked to their liking. You can play with the citrus and the type of coffee you use.

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over 2 years ago Kukla

Although I do not have a grill, I can make your sauce Bevi and use it to marinate steaks or any kind of meat for searing or roasting; and I will definitely do it soon and report to you.

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Congrats on the CP, Bevi! But I wonder why it only shows up here at your recipe and not listed along with the rest of the BBQ CP recipes!?!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Thanks! Nor sure what happened.....

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over 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

go, bevi!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Thanks, em!

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over 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Huge congrats on the CP!!!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Now this sounds incredible, Bevi! I'm so happy it's grilling season. :)

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Thanks BKR! I am glad to grill too...it's been a long winter....

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Thanks for the really lovely review!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

This sounds wonderful Bevi!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Thank you Pat! It's so easy to put together.

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over 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

sounds fab, bevi!!! terrific for this time of year!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Thanks, Em!

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over 2 years ago Kukla

Bevi, I agree with boulangere, it is really clever to dehydrate the chile in hot coffee and I admire lapadia for making your recipe right away and assure us that it is a great and versatile sauce.

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Thank You Kukla!

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over 2 years ago lapadia

I am not a coffee drinker but I absolutely love coffee-flavored foods and this recipe used ingredients I had on hand. The grilled steaks were awesome; the coffee created a dark flavorful sauce with the tang of citrus and heat from the ancho chile. This sauce would be good with baked beans, chilies, stews, glazes…I added a garlic clove and am thinking of adding a touch of my chocolate vinegar to the leftover portion. Yum!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Wow, so glad you tried this! I bet your vinegar will be a great touch.

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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So smart to steep the chile in the coffee! As intriguing, it looks like it comes together in a snap. Best of all, all ingredients are pantry staples! Beautifully done for bbq season!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Thank you boulangere!