Try this coffee BBQ sauce for all your summer cookouts

By Jeff Ayers — / Death Wish Coffee Blog


National BBQ day is May 16th, but any day that is nice enough to fire up the grill is worth the celebration. When I heard that our quality and safety manager CJ De Luca had come up with a BBQ sauce recipe that uses the World's Strongest Coffee®, I had to give it a try.

This easy to make Death Wish BBQ Sauce will work great on beef, pork, chicken, or whatever you think would be enhanced with BBQ flavor.

Death Wish BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 24oz bottle of Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard*
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke**
  • 1 teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • 1 cup of strong brewed Death Wish Coffee
  • 1/4 cup of Chocolate Syrup

*You can substitute any compound mustard — I used a chipotle mustard

** You can add more Liquid Smoke if you desire a smokier flavor

  1. Combine all ingredients except Coffee and Chocolate Syrup into a medium saucepan
  2. Whisk until thick
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often
  4. Add Death Wish Coffee and Chocolate Syrup
  5. Mix well over medium heat until sauce thickens

Now you are ready to make any meal better with some Death Wish BBQ Sauce. In the picture above, I used the sauce on bacon-wrapped chicken drumsticks, and as a bonus, that recipe is included below.

Bacon-Wrapped Death Wish BBQ Chicken:

  • 6 skin-on Chicken Drumsticks
  • 6 strips Bacon
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika 
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil
  1. Brush the chicken drumsticks lightly with the vegetable oil
  2. Sprinkle Garlic Powder, Paprika, Salt, and Pepper over the drumsticks
  3. Place on BBQ grill with medium-high heat
  4. Turn the drumsticks four times, 1 minute on each side, to crisp the skin
  5. Then, baste the drumsticks with Death Wish BBQ Sauce
  6. Turn the drumsticks four times, 3 minutes on each side, basting them each time they are turned
  7. Lay bacon on the grill, and wrap around each drumstick using tongs
  8. Turn drumsticks four times, 5 minutes on each side, basting them each time they are turned

The trick is to cook the drumsticks without sauce first to crisp the skin. Also, by adding the bacon wrap on the grill and not in the begging, the chicken will cook more evenly and the bacon won't be burnt by the end.

Now get out there and get grilling! There is no such thing as too much BBQ.

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