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Coffee and Cocoa Rubbed Ribs

Ground coffee is simply amazing in rubs and marinades… and the cocoa adds a wonderful depth of flavor to the meat. This rib recipe is perfect for either beef or pork ribs and is sure to please.

Coffee and Cocoa Rubbed Ribs

Coffee and Cocoa Rubbed Ribs

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup ground Café Svenska
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp salt (plus more for seasoning)
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper (plus more for seasoning)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 lbs beef or pork ribs
  • olive oil

Coffee BBQ Sauce

  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup Mokk-a Café Svenska (freshly brewed)
  • ¼ cup dark molasses
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar


  • Combine chili powder, coffee, paprika, brown sugar, mustard, salt, black pepper, cocoa powder, and oregano in a bowl.
  • Brush the ribs with olive oil and then season both sides with salt and pepper. Rub the spice mixture onto both sides of ribs. Let marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Place on a preheated grill away from hot coals. Cook 30 minutes per side or until fully cooked and tender. Serve with Coffee BBQ Sauce! Enjoy!!

Coffee BBQ Sauce

  • Sauté garlic in olive oil until just lightly browned. Pour vinegars into the pan to and cook, stirring for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients and cook for 10 minutes to blend the ingredients. Remove sauce from heat and strain through a fine sieve. Serve hot or at room temperature.


1. Pair coffee with strong flavors – Coffee grounds will boost the flavor of most meats, like beef, pork or chicken. Coffee is very strong and flavorful and, consequently, should be paired with other strong flavors.
2. Use Coffee like a spice – Coffee runs, marinades and sauces add a delectable complexity to grilled meats, but coffee can also punctuate its distinctive taste into soups and stews and even tomato sauce. Think of using coffee as a spice, like you would use any other spice.
3. Try coffee in its different forms – Coffee can be used in both its ground and brewed forms. Ground coffee is good for rubs and marinades while brewed coffee works well with stews or sauces.
4. Get creative with coffee – Take your favorite Mokk-a coffee and incorporate it into your meals. Most coffees pair well with citrus, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, garlic and salt.
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