In the midst of summer, there’s nothing like some great smoked meat complemented by your favorite barbecue sauce. You can make the sauce yourself or use your favorite bottled version—but what about when you want something different?
The test cooks at Cook’s Country developed a set of barbecue sauce recipes a few years ago that included variations for bourbon barbecue sauce and hoisin and ginger barbecue sauce. But, since I’m a big coffee fan, the one that really intrigued me was the version that used espresso powder.
This Easy Espresso Barbecue Sauce recipe involves blooming 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder in 1 tablespoon of hot water. The blooming process really helps open up the espresso powder and bring out its flavors once you add it to the sauce.