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posted August 22, 2023

Coffee BBQ Sauce

This coffee BBQ sauce is the perfect blend of tangy, sweet, and bold. It’s particularly delicious on beef, but it will bring a rich and flavorful punch to any and all of your smoked and grilled meats.

Coffee BBQ Sauce in a glass mason jar with text overlay - Coffee BBQ Sauce.

Homemade Coffee BBQ Sauce

After making dozens of recipes for homemade BBQ sauce, I fully believe homemade sauce is the ultimate way to kick your BBQ-ing skills into high gear. By making the sauce yourself, you’re guaranteed to have the freshest ingredients and taste without any additional high fructose corn syrup or other additives.

Plus, after you’ve dedicated all the time and effort to getting that perfect grilled or smoked meat, it’s best complimented with a BBQ sauce made from scratch. Lovingly smoked meat + flavor-packed homemade sauce = BBQ perfection!

This coffee BBQ sauce comes together in a breeze and adds the perfect, unique sauce to your grilling arsenal. I recommend trying it on my Smoked Beef Chuck Ribs. It’ll likely be one you come back to time and time again.

Ingredients for coffee BBQ sauce on a platter.

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

I love the way adding coffee to recipes gives them an earthy, bold kick of flavor, and this coffee BBQ sauce recipe is no exception! (If you haven’t already checked out my recipe for my Homemade Coffee Rub, you’ve got to try it out!). I guess you could say I’m on a bit of a coffee kick right now. Pun fully intended.

It is ridiculously easy to make your own BBQ sauce at home. First combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until boiling, then reduce heat to a simmer. Allow the sauce to simmer for 25 minutes. Transfer to a jar (I like these Wide Mouth Mason Jars) and enjoy.

That’s it!

It’s fast, easy, and basically foolproof. Making your own homemade BBQ sauce does not have to be intimidating. After you make your first successful batch, you’ll find yourself frequently making your own sauce instead of buying it at the store.

Once made, you’ll have a bold and delectable sauce that your friends and family with love. This sauce keeps in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks if stored in an airtight container.

Tips for the Best Coffee BBQ Sauce

Even though this recipe is extremely easy to make, I’ve included some tips and notes to help you get the perfect coffee BBQ sauce the first time:

  • Play around with the strength of the coffee you use. The stronger your brew, the more robust the coffee flavor will be in this sauce. For those of you who don’t want the coffee flavor too strong, go with a light roast. Want a rich kick? A dark roast will give you tons of flavor.
  • This BBQ sauce is a thinner sauce. Don’t expect it to be really thick like many of the other sauces you’re used to. Be prepared to use it more like a glaze. If you like a thicker sauce, you can simmer it longer to thicken it up a bit.
  • Go bold! If you want a really bold coffee experience with your meat, pair it with my Homemade Coffee Rub. Try this combo on brisket, burgers, beef ribs, steak, and more.

Coffee BBQ sauce on a metal spoon.

More BBQ Sauce Recipes

Are you loving this recipe but need more tasty, finger-licking BBQ sauce recipes? Check out some of my post popular ones below:

Don’t have the time to make all these amazing BBQ sauces? Hey Grill Hey has you covered! Head on over to the Hey Grill Hey Store to get your own delicious signature sauces today:

Coffee BBQ Sauce Recipe

Watch the video below the recipe card, and I’ll show you step-by-step how I make this Coffee BBQ Sauce at home. You can find more of my smoking and grilling recipe videos on YouTubeInstagram, or our Facebook Page. Follow along and let’s make awesome food together!

Coffee BBQ Sauce in a glass mason jar.

Coffee BBQ Sauce

Susie Bulloch (
This coffee BBQ sauce is the perfect blend of tangy, sweet, and bold. It’s particularly delicious on beef, but it will bring a rich and flavorful punch to any and all of your smoked and grilled meats.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time : 5 mins
Cook Time : 25 mins
Total Time : 30 mins
Servings : 24
Calories : 38kcal



  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Make the sauce. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Use or store. Transfer to a lidded jar and chill in the refrigerator. I recommend letting the sauce sit in the fridge overnight before using to really marry the flavors together. This sauce will last 2 weeks in the fridge if stored in an airtight container.


Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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