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 BBQ sauce is a breeze to make, and goes well with beef, chicken, pork, and even grilled portobello mushrooms. - Bevi
Food52 Review: Grilling season is a happy time of year, and discovering a new favorite barbecue sauce makes it all the more delicious. Bevi's A Cup of Coffee BBQ Sauce is it! Soaking an ancho chile in coffee is brilliant. From there, the sauce came together quickly and the kitchen filled with enticing aromas that made my taste buds tingle. Bold and earthy, with just the right kick of warm heat from the ancho chile and cayenne, this thick sauce is marvelous when slathered on steaks and grilled. I only wish I had doubled the batch. We'll be keeping a jar near the barbecue all summer for easy slathering! - BlueKaleRoad
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Return the sauce to the stovetop, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
- 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.
- 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.