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Posted: 01/25/12
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Beans and Ribs Dinner Plate

The Mahogany Rib recipe I whipped up has you boil your country-style spareribs in a large pot. You’ll add cider vinegar, garlic and simmer for 15 minutes after it reaches a boil. The sauce calls for the coffee, which you’ll end up pouring over the rips before baking. And while this was a worthwhile recipe, I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never had bad ribs.

Coffee with Grilling Tongs

The Gut-Buster Chili, as it was called, is pretty spicy, especially if you let it sit a day and reheat it. I served it with cheddar cheese, diced onion, sour cream and guacamole, and it seemed to be a hit with friends and family. I prepared it the day before and left it in the removable crock-pot overnight. In a large pot I sautéed the beef, onion and garlic, added the peppers, tomatoes, tomato paste, green chilies, chili and cocoa powder, cumin, crushed red peppers, bay leaves, and coffee after it began to simmer.

Again, I turned to the barbecue, and tried out a brisket recipe. At this point my husband had to join in on the research and added a handful of mesquite wood chips to the mix. And while this spicy beef recipe didn’t call for them, it only enhanced the flavor. To make the marinade, add instant coffee, water, vinegar, oil, ketchup, salt and pepper, chili powder, celery salt, cloves and Tabasco. Let the brisket marinade overnight before grilling it at low heat for several hours.

While a lot of the recipes called for red meat, I managed to find a decent baked bean recipe that was thick enough to stand on its own. This recipe calls for sautéed bacon and onions combined with canned baked beans, which once you find beans that are thick enough to stand up to the summer heat – go for it. Any of these recipes will be a special treat for the family at a barbecue or on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Who knew coffee could taste so good in beans and chili!

Baked Beans
½ lb. chopped bacon
1 large chopped yellow onion
2 cans of baked beans
½ cup molasses
½ cup brewed coffee
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup ketchup
1 tbs. mustard

Mahogany Ribs
4 lbs. country-style spareribs
1 cup brewed coffee
½ cup molasses
2 cloves minced garlic
¼ cup Dijon mustard
3 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ cup cider vinegar
1 tsp. chili powder

Gut-Buster Chili
4 lbs. coarsely ground beef
2 chopped yellow onions
2 minced garlic cloves
2 chopped green peppers
1 can diced canned tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 can diced green chilies
2 cups brewed coffee
¼ cup chili powder
1 ½ tbs. cumin
½ tsp. crushed red pepper
2 tsp. salt
2 bay leaves