Coffee-Crusted BBQ Beef Ribs

Coffee-Crusted Beef Ribs are a juicy, tender and flavourful experience in every bite.

If you love ribs and coffee, then this coffee BBQ beef ribs recipe is for you!

I first tried these at a friend’s house a few years ago and I was instantly hooked. They are a great combination of sweet and savoury, with the perfect balance of tenderness and juiciness. I went back for seconds…and thirds.

These coffee beef ribs are so easy to make that they will become your favourite type of ribs to cook next time you whip out the barbecue, smoker or Weber.

Coffee-Crusted Beef Ribs are a juicy, tender and flavourful experience in every bite.

Coffee-Crusted Beef Ribs

This espresso coffee rub adds a deep, smoky flavour to your beef ribs. This results is an irresistible crust, coupled with tender, juicy meat.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Smoker (or oven, charcoal BBQ)
  • 1 Thermometer



  • Preheat your smoker or charcoal BBQ to 125-150°C. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place the beef ribs onto it.
  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs to allow the seasoning to penetrate the meat.
  • Rub the olive oil or mustard all over the ribs to act as a binding agent. Generously season each side of the ribs with the Big Dog Spices Smokey Espresso rub, ensuring to coat as evenly as possible.
  • Place the ribs in the smoker (add some wood chunks of your choice - we like oak or hickory) or BBQ for about 8 hours until they have a nice (smoke) colour.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker/bbq when the meat reaches an internal temperature of 95-100°C (or when you probe the meat and it feels soft like butter).
  • Let the ribs rest briefly before serving. You can serve your ribs as is or with your favourite side dishes. They go great with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or even macaroni and cheese.
Keyword Barbeque, Ribs
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How to Make Coffee Crusted Beef Ribs

What Makes Beef Ribs and Coffee So Special?

Beef Ribs coated in a smokey espresso rub provide a mind-blowing palate experience by blending two of the most popular barbecue styles; west coast style BBQ with the bold flavours of South American cuisine.

The coffee grounds in our Smokey Espresso rub add an earthy, smoky flavour to the ribs, while spices like cumin and coriander give the dish a complex aroma. Combined, they create a bold and exciting taste to beef ribs that is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Trust me, I’ve tried a few in my time.

What Temperature to Cook Beef Ribs?

To make coffee BBQ beef ribs, start by slow-cooking the meat over low heat, allowing the flavours to develop and intensify. This also helps ensure that they are cooked through without drying out.

For more information about the best temperature for coffee ribs, view the full recipe below. It differs throughout the cooking process.

What Do I Recommend Serving Them With?

As this dish is quite bold and flavoursome, I recommend serving them with a simple Greek salad. This will balance the flavours and provide your family or guests with a great tasting vegetarian option.

I recommend our big salad with Nonna’s special dressing. You can get the full recipe here.

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