Bourbon Coffee Ribs

Coffee adds great depth of flavor to a dry rib rub, while bourbon brings a distinct note of caramel to homemade BBQ glaze.

Serves: 8Prep: 30 minutesCook: 2 hours 50 minutesTotal: 3 hours 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 slabs pork back ribs; membrane removed and patted dry
  • 1⁄2 cup apple juice
  • 1⁄4 cup honey
  • 1⁄4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce


  • Heat oven to 300°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a wire cooling rack on top; set aside.
  • In a small bowl mix together paprika, brown sugar, espresso powder, salt, pepper and garlic. Season ribs with spice mixture, patting it into the meat on both sides.
  • Place ribs on prepared pan. Pour apple juice on pan under ribs. Cover with foil and bake 1½ -2 hours or until tender. Remove foil; cook an additional 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a small saucepan whisk together honey, bourbon, Dijon mustard, molasses, soy sauce and chili garlic sauce to make the glaze. Bring to a simmer; cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Turn oven to 500°F. Brush the ribs with the bourbon glaze. Cook 5 minutes; brush with more glaze; cook and additional 5 minutes. Remove from the oven; brush one more time with glaze. Cover loosely and allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.