Coffee Barbecue Sauce
This whiskey coffee barbecue sauce is as easy to make as it is satisfyingly delicious. It’s tangy, salty, slightly sweet, and laced with subtle coffee flavor. A classic barbecue sauce is ketchup or tomato based and includes ingredients like brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. This coffee barbecue sauce relies on these basics, plus freshly pulled espresso and quality whiskey for a sauce so well-balanced and flavorful, we wouldn’t judge you for sneaking a few spoonfuls right out of the pan.
Whiskey and Coffee
Why do whiskey and coffee go so well together? The pair is ideal for cocktails, like an Irish coffee or whiskey maple coffee cocktails, as well as baked goods, sauces, and so much more. Coffee aged in whiskey barrels is growing in popularity for the same reason: The notes of smooth whiskey and coffee play off each other perfectly thanks to similar mellow flavors.
Cooking with Barbecue Sauce
Cooking with barbecue sauce can be as simple as you please: Throw it on just about any savory food as a finishing condiment for an additional burst of flavor. But this whiskey coffee barbecue sauce is perfect for burgers, slathered over pork ribs, or even as a dipping sauce for onion rings and french fries. Cooking with barbecue sauce can also mean stirring the sauce into stews, chilis, or other dishes— You can even use it as a marinade for meat or in a dressing for potato salad.
Whiskey Coffee Barbecue Sauce
- 1 tsp avocado oil
- 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/3 cup whiskey
- 4 oz freshly pulled espresso shots
- 2 cups ketchup
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 3 tbsp Worcestershire
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- dash cayenne pepper or to taste
- Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the avocado oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and saute it for about 3 minutes.
- Add the minced garlic and saute one more minute. Add the whiskey and saute, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat to low.
- Simmer the sauce for roughly 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to meld.
- Transfer sauce to a heat-proof blender or use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving or chilling in the refrigerator.