Spicy Hot Espresso Coffee BBQ Sauce

Here’s the spicy hot espresso coffee BBQ sauce recipe for the caffeine addict! I have to say that the thought of pouring coffee on my food didn’t really appeal but having tried this recipe with all the other spices and flavorings mixed in, it really is an absolute blinder and it works just as well with decaf.

The secret of course is good coffee – always go for a good espresso just like you’d get in Italy, strong and thick and freshly brewed. Not being a big coffee drinker I didn’t really understand this liking for a thimble full with a teaspoon of sugar until I started to visit Italy. After a long lunch a short espresso is like an adrenaline injection and likewise this sauce is not for the faint-hearted - it’s got a right old kick to it.

The kick in this sauce doesn't just come from the coffee either, it's a really complex set of flavors with garlic and chili to name a couple so if it's a strong sauce that you're looking for, you've come to the right place!

A strong flavored coffee BBQ sauce is perfect for strong flavored game meats.


  • Celery (ketchup)
  • Mustard
  • Fish (Worcestershire sauce)
  • Gluten (Worcestershire sauce)

Yield:- 2 cups or 480ml

Preparation Time:- 20 mins
Cooking Time:- 50 mins

Total Time:- 1 hr 10 mins


  • 100ml or 4 fl oz fresh espresso
  • 200ml or 8 fl oz tomato ketchup
  • 100ml or 4 fl oz white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons muscovado sugar
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 red hot chili peppers
  • 2 tablespoons English mustard powder mixed in a tablespoon warm water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder


The first job is to "water down" the ketchup gently with the other solvents so that it doesn't form into globules or lumps in the final sauce.

Add the ketchup to a saucepan and gently stir in the vinegar so no lumps form and then do the same with the coffee.

Now add all the other ingredients to the pan and crank up the heat, bring the mixture to the boil stirring gently. Cover and simmer for half an hour and then take it off the heat.

Let the sauce cool a little then pour it into a food processor or use a hand stick blender and give it a blitz to form a nice smooth sauce.

Related Pages:-

Diabetic Barbecue Sauce Recipe
Low Carb Barbecue Sauce Recipes
More Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipes

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