Coffee-Spice Rubbed Ribs

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 4 hrs 5 min
Cooling Time: 1 hrs
Yields: 8


Perfect for entertaining! These delicious Coffee-Spice Rubbed Ribs are made with a unique coffee rub mixture that features a hint of cocoa.


  • 2 racks (about 4 pounds total) baby back ribs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons NESCAFÉ TASTER'S CHOICE House Blend 100% Pure Instant Coffee Granules or NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO Pure Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea or kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 bottle (12 fluid ounces) amber ale or 1 1/2 cups dry red wine


FIT rack inside large roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet. Using knife, remove membranes from bone side of ribs (this step is very important for tender ribs). Pat ribs dry with paper towel; place on rack with meat side up.

COMBINE sugar, coffee granules, salt, garlic powder, coriander, pepper and cocoa in coffee or spice grinder; cover. Process until smooth. Lightly rub ribs with oil. Sprinkle with rub mixture, pressing gently to help it adhere to the ribs. Let stand at room temperature for no more than 1 hour.

PREHEAT oven to 250° F. Pour beer into bottom of roasting pan. Cover pan with foil; bake for 4 to 5 hours (this will be long enough for the meat to be very tender, but not falling off the bones). Preheat grill. Grill ribs over medium flame, turning once, for 5 minutes.

Cook’s Tip: Double or triple the spice rub and store in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry place. It will remain fresh for up to 1 month. Use 2 to 3 teaspoons rub per pound of meat. Rub is also great on pork chops, pork tenderloin, skinless chicken breasts and salmon fillets!

Excellent Rub!

by E. Eileen , New Jersey on Jul. 2011

Excellent! Easy to make and they were delicious. The meat was so nice and tender and the rub was just enough so that you could still taste the meat and not overwhelmed by the spices. You could even taste the beer in them but just slightly. I gave recipe to bunch of family and friends. Will definetly make again!

Coffee Rub Ribs

by M. Mark , Minnesota on Jul. 2011

Interesting new flavor for me.


by C. CAROL , Aldergrove, BC on Jul. 2011

This is an excellent rub for beef, chicken, fish as well. Add 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and chili powder to give it a bit of a kick.

Deserves six stars

by S. Susan , Grass Lake, MI on Aug. 2009

I doubled the rub recipe, and added quite a lot of cayenne pepper--2 teaspoons--to half. This is my favorite rib recipe, and I'll continue to use the spicy variation. Grilling takes the sting out, leaving a dark mysterious flavor that was well-liked at our last family BBQ. It makes me hungry just to write about those delicious ribs! Recommended recipe, and one I'll keep.

Coffee-Spice Rubbed Ribs

by K. KATHY , South Daytona, FL on Jun. 2009

The coffee adds a depth to the flavor, no one knew what it was, really good.