Cooking with Coffee

Revved Up Recipes: Cooking with Coffee

Who said coffee only belongs in your cup? How about adding a new twist to your favorite meals? These recipes use coffee to pump up the flavor to a new level!

Beer Braised and Grilled Beef Ribs with SLO Roasted Coffee Spice Rub

Adam's Beer Braised and Grilled Beef Ribs with SLO Roasted Coffee Spice Rub


  • 4 racks of beef ribs (~7 bones each)
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin Olive Oil
  • 40 ounces of American lager beer (the stuff in the red can)

For the Coffee Rub:

  • 1/3 cup Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup dark roasted SLO Roasted coffee, ground for espresso
  • 1/4 cup ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

Mix all above ingredients together in a bowl or large Mason jar and set aside.

For the Coffee Sauce:

  • 24 ounces ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brewed SLO Roasted coffee
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 5 shakes Tabasco sauce (more or less depending on how hot you want it!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all above ingredients and heat in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a simmer. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Watch careful as not to burn! Turn off heat and set aside.

Cooking Directions: Rub and oven cook the ribs

Get the grill ready. While the ribs are cooking, give yourself enough time to fire up the grill. You'll want a hot side and a not so hot side on your grill. You can use wood, briquettes, or if you have a gas grill, that’ll work too. I was born and raised here on the Central Coast, so I use Red Oak. Because hey, it’s what we use around here.

  1. Coat each rib rack with extra-virgin olive oil.
  2. Shake a generous amount of the coffee rub evenly onto the racks. You may have some rub left over.
  3. Set all racks on top of each other in a large, deep roasting pan.
  4. Cover with foil and seal along edge of pan. Let rest for half an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  6. Peel back one corner of foil and slowly pour in the beer.
  7. Reseal the foil along edge.
  8. Place covered ribs and roasting pan in oven.
  9. Cook for 2 hours at 325 degrees.
  10. Remove roasting pan with ribs from oven.
  11. Remove ribs from pan and placed directly on hot side of grill for about 3 minutes a side.
  12. Move ribs over to the not so hot side of grill and mop on your preferred amount of coffee sauce. Some like a lot of sauce, some only a little. It's totally up to you. You can even just serve it on the side.
  13. Cover the grill and leave ribs on for a total of 20 minutes, turning once or twice, watching for flare ups the whole time.
  14. Take off the grill and let rest for 5 minutes.

Slice the racks into individual ribs and serve with my awesome Central Coast Pinto Beans with SLO Roasted Coffee (see below recipe).

Adam's Super Easy Central Coast Pinto Beans with SLO Roasted Coffee

Adam's Super Easy Central Coast Pinto Beans with SLO Roasted Coffee


  • 12 ounces chopped bacon
  • 80 ounces canned cooked pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups brewed dark roast SLO Roasted coffee
  • 8 ounces of your favorite chunky red salsa (I know this is cheating, but it’s easy!)
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped 6 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 teaspoons cumin Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add bacon to a large heavy bottomed sauce pan or Dutch oven and start to cook over medium/high heat. Stir frequently.
  2. When the bacon is about half way done, spoon out the majority of fat and add onion and garlic.
  3. Cook until onion is transparent, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently. Don’t burn the garlic!
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer, add beans, salsa, brewed coffee, and cumin.
  5. Simmer on low heat for at least an hour, or until at least 1/4 of the liquid has reduced, stirring as needed. If too much liquid is reduced, add a little water and continue simmering for the rest of the cooking time.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with my killer Beer Braised and Grilled Beef Ribs with SLO Roasted Coffee Spice Rub (see above recipe).