why you should be using coffee in your barbecue
By Alexandria Stephens
I absolutely love coffee for my morning rush of caffeine. Coffee is my addiction of choice, and I make no apologies for it. There's nothing better than waking up to the fresh smell of toasty, delicious java. Sometimes I like it hot- it warms me up on a brisk Chicago morning, but I also love it iced. The flavor becomes mild and creamy, transforming into a smooth beverage that I love to sip while I'm at my desk.
1. Make Savory Rubs
This is the most common way you'll see coffee used in recipes. I like this method because the use of coffee grinds provides a bitter contrast to sweet flavors we usually see used in barbeque recipes. Coffee grinds used as a rub adds gorgeous flavor and a nice crust. I love it on pork loin or brisket!
2. Amazing Sauce
Making your own barbecue sauce is a lot easier than you think. I like making my own because the ingredients are fresher than store-bought sauces that have been sitting on a shelf for months. For sauce, adding brewed coffee can add an extra layer of flavor that is guaranteed to impress.
3. Gravy with a Kick
So, it's basically a sin to waste any drippings after you cook your meat. I always make a simple gravy to compliment the meal, but why not take it up a notch? Add strong brewed coffee for a lift! This kind of gravy is excellent served with breakfast. Fry up some country ham and serve with biscuits for a southern treat.