Coffee-Rubbed Ribs

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Easy and delicious fall-off-the-bone coffee-rubbed ribs.

I’ve seen coffee being used as a savory ingredient all over the place lately and after finally trying it myself I can see why! It adds a deep earthy flavor that is delicious and unique. For these fall-off-the-bone pork ribs, I mixed up a dry rub of finely ground coffee, ancho chili powder, brown sugar, garlic powder and salt. It turned out great and the flavors complemented each other perfectly. You can dunk these ribs into your favorite BBQ sauce if you want to but they are just as good by themselves!


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Coffee-Rubbed Ribs Recipe

serves 4


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 rack pork ribs



  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Mix salt, coffee, ancho chili powder, brown sugar and garlic powder together in a bowl.
  3. Rub the mix evenly onto the ribs.
  4. Lay the ribs on a baking sheet lined with two layers of aluminum foil.
  5. Lay two layers of aluminum foil on top and seal the edges tightly.
  6. Bake in the oven for 3.5 hours.


  1. Shinee says:

    OMG, this sounds amazing! I never used coffee in savory dishes, and I’m super curious. Running downstair to raid my freezer to see if I have any ribs left. Hope so!

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