Delicious Coffee Liqueur BBQ Sauce Recipe

Welcome coffee and barbecue lovers! I am thrilled to share with you my latest recipe creation that combines two of my all-time favorites: coffee and BBQ sauce. Yes, you heard it right, coffee liqueur barbecue sauce! This recipe is going to take your BBQ game to the next level.

Picture this: juicy and tender meats, covered in a luscious, smoky, tangy, and slightly sweet barbecue sauce with a touch of coffee flavor. Imagine hosting your next backyard BBQ with this tantalizing sauce as the star of the show. Your guests will be begging for more.

Now, let me tell you a bit about how I came up with this recipe. I have always loved experimenting with different ingredients in my barbecue sauces, trying to achieve the perfect balance of flavors. One day, I was sipping on my favorite Iowa coffee from a local coffee company while making barbecue sauce, and an idea hit me – why not add coffee liqueur to my favorite BBQ sauce recipe? The result was life-changing! The rich and aromatic flavor of the coffee blended perfectly with the smokiness of the BBQ sauce, creating a unique and delicious taste experience.

Whether you are hosting your next cookout or just craving some delicious homemade BBQ sauce, this recipe is perfect for any occasion. It is simple to make using ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. So let’s get started and dive into this coffee liqueur barbecue sauce recipe that will undoubtedly become a household staple!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce
Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce

Folks, let me tell you something: if you’re a barbecue sauce lover, this coffee liqueur barbecue sauce recipe is going to knock your socks off. This delicious combination of bold and rich flavors will have you begging for seconds, and it’s perfect for taking your BBQ party to the next level.

Now, I know what some of you may be thinking – “Coffee in Barbecue sauce, that sounds weird.” But trust me on this one; it’s a flavor combination that works like magic. The coffee liqueur adds a subtle sweetness and depth that complements the tanginess of cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce. Plus, it gives the sauce an irresistible velvety texture.

But wait, there’s more. This recipe includes ingredients like orange blossom honey, horseradish, garlic, and canola oil that elevate the flavor profile from ordinary to extraordinary. And if you’re someone who loves spicy foods? You’re in luck because this recipe packs in just the right amount of heat from hot sauce and liquid smoke. A punchy finish guaranteed to tantalize even the most refined taste buds!

So why will you love this coffee liqueur barbecue sauce recipe? Because it’s bold, rich, sweet, tangy, spicy – everything you could ever want in a barbecue sauce. And when you make it yourself using fresh ingredients (instead of store-bought sauces with preservatives), you’ll feel even better about serving your friends and family. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try!

Ingredient List

 A rich and flavorful sauce, pairing perfectly with any type of meat or vegetable
A rich and flavorful sauce, pairing perfectly with any type of meat or vegetable

For this Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce Recipe, we will need the following ingredients:

Sauce Recipe Ingredients 1:

  • 2 cups of homemade or store-bought BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup of Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of horseradish
  • 1/4 cup of orange blossom honey
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke

Sauce Recipe Ingredients 2:

If you are making barbecue sauce from scratch, you will need to add these ingredients as well:

  • 2 cups of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup of Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of instant coffee grounds
  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

With these ingredients in hand, we are ready to proceed with the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Impress your guests with a unique twist on traditional barbecue sauce
Impress your guests with a unique twist on traditional barbecue sauce

Now comes the most exciting part: the recipe how-to! This coffee liqueur barbecue sauce is perfect for dipping little weenies or as a marinade for your grilled meat. Here’s how to make it:


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange blossom honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur (I recommend using Kahlua coffee liquor)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp horseradish
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp spicy hot sauce of your choice (Optional)
  • 2 cups brewed coffee


  1. Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the canola oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until they become translucent.
  4. Next, add the tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, orange blossom honey, brown sugar, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and your choice of hot sauce into the pan.
  5. Stir all of the ingredients well and let them simmer for about five minutes.
  6. Measure carefully two cups of brewed coffee and pour it into the pan.
  7. Add 1/4 cup of coffee liqueur of your choice to the pan.
  8. Stir all ingredients properly and continue to simmer for another ten minutes until the flavors have melded together.

And there you have it — A delicious barbecue sauce that’s perfect to be used on anything from chicken to steak.

Substitutions and Variations

 The aroma of coffee and spices will make your mouth water
The aroma of coffee and spices will make your mouth water

Now, let’s talk about some substitutions and variations for this coffee liqueur barbecue sauce recipe. While this recipe is perfectly delicious as it is written, it’s always fun to experiment with different flavors and ingredients to make a sauce that is uniquely your own.

For the sugar in the recipe, you can use brown sugar or regular granulated sugar. If you’re watching your sugar intake, you can also use a sugar substitute such as Stevia or Splenda.

If you don’t have coffee liqueur on hand, try substituting it with other types of alcohol, such as whiskey, bourbon or even rum. You could also infuse the sauce with some instant coffee grounds for a stronger coffee flavor.

For the oil in the recipe, canola oil can be easily swapped out for another neutral-tasting oil like vegetable oil or olive oil. Alternatively, switch out a bit of the oil for liquid smoke to give it that delicious smoky flavor.

If you prefer a spicier sauce, try adding a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce or increasing the amount of freshly grated horseradish in the recipe.

To vary the flavor profile, experiment with different types of vinegar, such as balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar. You could also add Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce for an umami-rich depth of flavor.

Lastly, this sauce is incredibly versatile and can be used on a variety of meats and vegetables. For something unique, try using it as a marinade for chicken or steak. It also works as a dipping sauce for little weenies or as a beautiful glaze over roasted veggies.

Whatever swap or variation you choose to make, remember that cooking is all about experimenting and having fun in the kitchen!

Serving and Pairing

 Transform your ordinary dish into a gourmet meal with this sauce
Transform your ordinary dish into a gourmet meal with this sauce

When serving your coffee liqueur barbecue sauce, be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand because this sauce packs a punch! It’s the perfect pairing for any grilled meat, whether it’s chicken, beef or pork. It especially brings out the flavors of smoked and charred meats.

I recommend brushing the sauce onto the meat during the last few minutes of grilling or roasting, so that it caramelizes nicely and creates a smoky flavor. The sugars in the brown sugar and orange blossom honey will help give the meat a beautiful glaze.

If you’re looking to mix things up, try using this sauce as a marinade prior to cooking. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for meats, like chicken wings or little weenies from Iowa Coffee Company.

This spicy barbecue sauce pairs perfectly with bold red wines like Syrah or Zinfandel, which can handle the heat and complement the smoky flavors. If you prefer beer, try pairing it with an amber ale or an IPA.

Overall, this coffee liqueur barbecue sauce takes your grilled meats to new heights with its unique blend of flavors. So go ahead and impress your guests with this delicious homemade barbecue sauce at your next cookout!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect balance of sweet and smoky, with a hint of bitterness from the coffee
The perfect balance of sweet and smoky, with a hint of bitterness from the coffee

Ah, the age-old question: can you make this barbecue sauce ahead of time? The answer is yes, dear reader – this Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce Recipe is actually even better if made in advance!

To store the sauce, transfer it to a clean jar or airtight container with a lid and refrigerate for up to one week. The flavors will continue to develop over time, making it richer and more delicious. Plus, when the time comes to use it again, all you have to do is give it a good stir and it’s ready to go.

When you want to reheat the sauce, simply pour it into a saucepan and place on the stove over low heat. It should only take a few minutes to heat through, but be sure not to boil or scorch it. You can also microwave it in 30-second intervals until just heated through.

If you find that your barbecue sauce has become too thick after storing in the refrigerator, add a little bit of water or apple cider vinegar to thin it out. This will help bring back its original consistency without affecting its flavor.

Pro tip: I love using this Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce Recipe as a marinade for chicken or other meats. Just let your protein of choice soak in the sauce for at least an hour before grilling or baking for a tasty meal that’s sure to impress.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A versatile sauce that can be used as a marinade or drizzled on top of your grilled masterpiece
A versatile sauce that can be used as a marinade or drizzled on top of your grilled masterpiece

As a barista, I’ve learned that a little attention to detail and some great tips can elevate coffee from ordinary to extraordinary. The same goes for this Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce recipe. Here are some tips to help you achieve perfect results.

Tip 1: Don’t overcook the sauce.

Simmer the ingredients just long enough to combine them together and until the sauce has thickened slightly. Overcooking could cause the sugars in the sauce to burn and leave a bitter aftertaste. Keep an eye on the consistency and texture of the sauce as it reduces.

Tip 2: Balance flavors appropriately.

Balancing flavors when making barbecue sauce is an art in itself. Make sure you add salt, acid, sweetness, and heat in the right proportions as per your taste buds. Keep adjusting your recipe, little by little until you get it just right.

Tip 3: Use high-quality coffee liqueur.

Choosing the right coffee liqueur is important too. Try using Kahlua or Iowa Coffee Company’s coffee liquor for robust, deep flavors.

Tip 4: Add a little liquid smoke for flavor depth.

For that classic smoky barbecue flavor but don’t have a smoker? Liquid smoke adds complexity to this BBQ sauce that makes it stand out more than regular BBQ sauce recipes.

Tip 5: Consider using instant coffee instead of brewed.

When brewing a cup of joe at home, fine details like water temperature can affect the end result. For consistent flavor use instant coffee instead of brewed when making barbecue sauce with coffee liqueur since instant coffee is always consistent in intensity and flavor profile from container to container while brewed coffee may not be.

These tips will undoubtedly equip you with knowledge on how to achieve perfect results with your Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce recipe each time you make it.


Before wrapping up this recipe article, let’s take a moment to answer some of the frequently asked questions about making coffee liqueur barbecue sauce recipe. These questions will help you understand and troubleshoot any uncertainties or issues that come up along the way. So, let’s dive in!

Why do you put coffee in BBQ sauce?

Coffee can surprisingly enhance the flavor of your barbecue by adding a nutty and earthy taste. Along with adding a unique flavor profile, its acidic properties aid in tenderizing the meat. Whether you’re making a bbq sauce or rub, coffee can be beneficial in enhancing the taste of your dish.

What is unholy BBQ sauce?

Looking for a sauce that packs a sweet and tangy punch to elevate your meat dishes? Look no further than the Unholy BBQ Sauce! With a tomato-based foundation and hints of orange and fennel, this Mid Western-style recipe adds depth and richness to any meal. Whether it’s mixed into your mince or used as the base for your cooking, this sauce will baptise your meat in flavour.

Why add apple cider vinegar to BBQ sauce?

Incorporating apple cider vinegar into the sauce provides a tantalizingly tangy taste, which expertly harmonizes with the other ingredients. Adding a mere ¼ cup of brown sugar acts as both a sweetener and intensifies the overall flavor by imparting a subtle molasses undertone. Incorporating a couple of tablespoons of honey of personal preference further contributes to the mouth-watering composition of the sauce.

Bottom Line

I hope you enjoyed this Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce recipe and that it inspires you to try out new and exciting flavor combinations in the kitchen. As a barista, I know that nothing beats a warm cup of coffee, but coffee is not only meant for drinking. With this recipe, you can take your love for coffee and transform it into a delicious sauce that will become an instant favorite.

Whether you are a fan of tangy and spicy, smoky and sweet, or anything in between, this Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce is the perfect addition to your recipe arsenal. By using high-quality ingredients like coffee liqueur and apple cider vinegar, this sauce is sure to impress.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how versatile it is – you can use it as a dipping sauce, marinate your meats or veggies with it, or even use it as a glaze. The possibilities are endless, and I encourage you to test out different variations to find what works best for you.

In conclusion, there’s no better way to take your BBQ game up a notch than by incorporating coffee liqueur into your sauce. Not only will your taste buds be delighted with the rich flavors, but your guests will also be impressed with your culinary skills.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try – I’m sure you won’t regret it! And don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below – I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Happy cooking!

Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce

Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Excellent on Pork, Chicken and Shrimp!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 1 pint
Calories 1874.5 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon grated horseradish
  • 1 cup orange blossom honey
  • 1 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 6 ounces espresso (4 shots)
  • 1/2 cup coffee liqueur


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat cook garlic for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes.
  • Pour into a blender and puree to smooth.

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Serving: 1254gCalories: 1874.5kcalCarbohydrates: 389.5gProtein: 13.2gFat: 15.8gSaturated Fat: 1.6gSodium: 4124mgFiber: 8.1gSugar: 353.4g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Sauces, Stove Top
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