Tasty BBQ Recipes to Get You Ready for Grilling

I can't believe it, but summer is just around the corner and the unofficial start to barbecue season is this weekend... Whether you're the grill master or hosting your first cookout, here are a couple of recipes that combine 2 of our favorite things at Unleashed Coffee - food and coffee!

Coffee BBQ Dry Rub

This dry rub is easy to make and adds great flavor to your favorite meat, chicken or fish - and even tofu for our vegan friends.


3 parts finely ground Unleashed Coffee (my picks: Espresso or Morando)
3 parts brown sugar
1 part chili powder
2 parts sea salt
1 part fresh, coarsely ground black pepper
1 part onion powder
1/2 part garlic powder

Simply whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Shake the rub onto both sides of your protein of choice, grill and enjoy!

We've adapted this recipe from The Spruce Eats.

BBQ Dry Rub Recipe Featuring Unleashed Coffee

Coffee BBQ Sauce

Prefer a BBQ sauce? This recipe is the perfect blend of tangy and sweet - adding a kick of rich flavor to your grilled meats or poultry.
BBQ Sauce Recipe Featuring Unleashed Coffee


1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups ketchup
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup coffee blossom honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup medium or dark roast coffee (my picks: Espresso or Morando)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

In a large saucepan, add the onion and sauté until tender. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer, uncovered, for 35 - 45 minutes (or until desired consistency), stirring occasionally. Let it cool. Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Enjoy!

We've adapted this recipe from Taste of Home.

Coffee is actually a versatile ingredient - not only pairing well with sweets but also adding a depth of flavor to savory dishes as well.

Okay, who's ready to start grilling now?


About Kelly

Kelly Abbott, an SCA-trained Coffee Professional and certified Q-Grader, is the Owner, Roaster, and CEO of Unleashed Coffee. High quality, sustainable specialty grade coffee at a fair price is her passion.

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