Cuban Coffee BBQ Sauce

Cuban Coffee BBQ Sauce

Having lived in Miami for over 10 years now I have learned there is only one real way to start your day, café Cubano. If you have never had one, in essence, it is a sugary espresso, however it is a bit more complicated than simply mixing sugar into espresso. See notes below for simple instructions. Cuban coffee was the inspiration for this BBQ sauce. I use it in conjunction with my espresso rub on my smoked ribs. To keep with the Miami influence a hint of mustard is added, a staple of a Cuban sandwich.

This sauce makes a great topping or marinade for pork and chicken. For chicken slather and let it marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours before cooking. For ribs apply every 15 minutes during the last hour of cooking and serve on the side for dipping.

Cuban Coffee BBQ Sauce

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Recipe by Brad Course: Sauces and RubsCuisine: American BBQ, BBQDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 1/2 Cups Ketchup

  • 1/2 Cup White Vinegar

  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce

  • 1 TBS Onion Powder

  • 1 TBS Garlic Powder

  • 3 TBS Dijon Mustard

  • 1/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar

  • 3 TBS Cuban Coffee


  • Add all ingredients except Cuban coffee to a sauce pan and whisk.
  • Bring to a light boil and reduce to a simmer for five minutes.
  • Remove from heat and mix in Cuban coffee.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature. Use on your favorite meat or store for later use in a mason jars or sauce bottles.


  • Cuban coffee is easy to make. All you need is fine ground espresso beans, an espresso maker, bell creamer, sugar, a spoon and water. Fill your espresso pot with espresso and water. Once espresso starts to come out capture a spoonful. Mix with four spoonfuls of sugar in the bell creamer to make a thick paste. Add the rest of the espresso, mix and enjoy.

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