Coffee and Barbecue – Say What?




From Chris Arnold at

Coffee and Barbecue? Yep, Coffee and B-B-Q go hand-in-hand like, well, a couple of hands. Anyhow, we are going to show you a dry rub that works well on pork, as well as a sauce to go with that tasty hog flesh.

The idea for integrating coffee and barbecue came when I was slow cooking some pork ribs one hot and humid summer day. I had been drinking ice tea, but what I really wanted was coffee. So I started to experiment with iced coffee. Anyhow, one thing led to another, and I realized that along with my ice coffee, the pork would taste better if it too had some coffee overtones. The rub was a no- brainer, but the sauce didn’t come to me until later. The marriage of the two is really tasty, especially when enjoyed with a cold coffee drink. Although this recipe is designed for pork ribs and such, you may be able to come up with your own recipe for other types of BBQ such as beef ribs, beer can chicken, or even rack of lamb. Don’t be afraid to experiment!