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Coffee Rubbed Ribs with Espresso BBQ Sauce

Rich savory flavor from a coffee rub and espresso infused sauce, these ribs are fantastic!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people


Coffee BBQ Rub

  • 2 slabs Prairie Fresh St. Louis Spare Ribs
  • 2 TBS ground coffee
  • 2 TBS kosher salt
  • 1 TBS smoked paprika
  • 1.5 TBS ancho chili powder
  • 2 TBS Turbinado Sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Espresso BBQ Sauce

  • 1 TBS unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brewed espresso
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 TBS Coffee BBQ Rub (see recipe above)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 TBS yellow mustard
  • 1 TBS worcestershire sauce


  • In a mixing bowl, add all BBQ rub ingredients and mix well.
  • Remove membranes from spare ribs, if desired, and trim any excess fat. Season heavily on both sides. Allow to sit out for 30 minutes to let seasoning "sweat" into meat.
  • Heat smoker to 275 degrees, with your favorite wood for smoke and flavor. I recommend apple, but any will do well. Place ribs on grill, bone side down.
  • While ribs are smoking, prepare BBQ Sauce. In a medium pan over medium high heat, melt butter and add onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until turning translucent. Add garlic and cook for additional 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil while whisking. Immediately reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • After 3 1/2 hours, start testing ribs for doneness. Test by moving the bones in the ribs to see how much "give" they have. Bones should be exposed from meat by around 1/2 inch, and should give slightly but not pull away from the meat. When done, slather both sides with sauce, pull ribs and allow to rest lightly tented in foil, for 5-10 minutes.
  • Slice, and enjoy!
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