Black Jack Barbecue Sauce

Cup of black coffee on wood
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Ratings (9)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: about 6 cups (96 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
13 Calories
0g Fat
3g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Yes, this barbecue sauce calls for coffee. The coffee helps to give the sauce a deep, rich flavor which works particularly well on beef.


  • 2 cups onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup coffee (strong and at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ​Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup hot chili peppers (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer for about 15 minutes over medium-low heat.

  2. Stir occasionally and watch for burning. Reduce heat to low if necessary.

  3. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

  4. Pour into a blender and puree until smooth.

  5. Use immediately or store in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week after preparation.