Coffee Goes Sweet and Savory: Baked Beans & BBQ Sauce

Because of our love for coffee, we already know that it can bring a rich, nuanced flavor to foods when used in cooking.  We know it works for savory dishes like baked beans and with sweet dishes such as crepes.  Coffee is soothing and uplifting at the same time, which is why we see coffee becoming more and more popular in cooking.  We’ve found some great recipes for Coffee Baked Beans, Coffee BBQ Sauce and Bananas and Nutella in Coffee-Infused Crepes, which we have posted below.

Coffee Baked BeansRibs and Beans

1/4 cup strong coffee

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1 1/2 T butter

1 T molasses

2 tsp powdered dry mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp liquid smoke

1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1/8 tsp dried thyme

1/8 tsp dried rosemary

1 oz. (2 T ) brandy

1 large can (about 14 ounces) red kidney beans, drained

1 large can (about 14 ounces) pinto beans, drained

1 sweet onion, sliced thin

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small saucepan, combine coffee, vinegar, butter, molasses, dry mustard, garlic, salt, liquid smoke, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Bring to a slow boil and gently simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in brandy. Place beans in a glass casserole dish and top with sauce. Stir to combine.
  3. Top with sliced onions. Bake uncovered for 1 hour. Makes about 6 servings.

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Coffee Barbeque Sauce

1/2 cup brewed espresso or strong, dark coffee

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 onion, peeled and finely chopped (about 1 cup)

2 cloves garlic

3 fresh jalapeños

2 T hot dry mustard mixed with 1 T warm water

2 T Worcestershire sauce

2 T ground cumin

2 T chili powder

  1. In a small pot, stir together coffee, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, onion, garlic, jalapeños, dry mustard mixture, Worcestershire sauce, cumin and chili powder. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  2. Lower heat so the mixture is just simmering; let simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, let the mixture cool, then puree mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. Makes about 2 cups.
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