I’m not quite ready for the holidays. I haven’t started my Christmas shopping and I’m not ready to let go of my favorite summertime food. That of course is BBQ. Not that you can’t BBQ in the winter. Just like running out your backdoor through the snow to the hot tub for a steaming soak, cooking on the grill in your parka has a charm all its own. But unlike the sweet fruity flavors of summer BBQ sauces I prefer a more robust sauce for the wintertime grill.
Enter Michael Symon’s Coffee Barbeque Sauce. Baby it’s cold outside but the robust flavor of a strong coffee (I use an espresso) and the heat of chipotle keep you warm and satisfied. Here is my version of Symon’s Sauce.
COFFEE BBQ SAUCE:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons coriander seeds, toasted
1/2 tablespoon chipotle powder
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sherry vinegar 1 cup ketchup 1 cup strong coffee (I use espresso)
Add the oil to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion with a good pinch of salt, sweating until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the coriander, chipotle powder, brown sugar, vinegar, coffee, and ketchup. Stir to combine, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain, discard the solids, and let cool. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Makes about 2 cups.