Dunkin’ Donuts offers BBQ recipes to fire up your summer fare

Dunkin Donuts logo with flamesWhen we think of Dunkin’ Donuts, barbecue doesn’t seem to come to mind. Or does it?

In honor of the start of summer, Dunkin’ Brands’ Culinary Team, led by three-time James Beard Award nominee Executive Chef Stan Frankenthaler (bio), has created a selection of summer recipes that feature coffee as a main ingredient. Dad, or any king or queen of the grill, can add some brew to the BBQ and fire up your traditional summer fare with these simple recipes:

Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee BBQ Rub

2-3 lbs Country Style Ribs or 3-4 Steaks (NY Strip, Porterhouse, Filet etc.)

Rub

  • 2T Paprika
  • 2t Onion Powder
  • 2t Garlic Powder
  • 1T Mustard Powder
  • 1t Cayenne Pepper
  • 1T Chili Powder
  • 1/4 c Brown Sugar
  • 2T Kosher Salt
  • 1t Black Pepper
  • 3T Original Blend Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee

Combine all of the rub ingredients in a bowl, mix well.
Rinse ribs in water, pat dry with a paper towel, and generously rub the mixed spices onto the ribs.

Cooking Ribs

Heat grill on high.
When grill is hot, turn grill on low and place the ribs onto the grill.
Continue to cook slowly until rib meat pulls away from the bone.
Remove from grill, allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Cooking Steaks

Heat grill on high.
When grill is hot, turn grill on medium.
Sprinkle a little oil onto the steaks before placing on the grill.
Place steaks onto grill, cook to your desired preference for doneness.
Remove from grill, allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Serve with your favorite sides; corn on the cob and baked beans.

Dunkin’ Dark Roast Coffee Brine

4-5 Bone in Pork Chops (Pork Loin or Pork Rib Chops)

  • 1 head Garlic
  • 3 slices Ginger
  • 2T Kosher Salt
  • 2t Black Peppercorn
  • 2t Coriander Seed
  • 1 each Cinnamon Stick
  • 2T Brown Sugar
  • 1 small cup Iced Dunkin’ Dark Roast, no ice

In a small sauce pot, on medium low heat, lightly brown ginger and garlic. Add spices and salt. Toast for a minute or two. Add brown sugar and coffee. Heat until dissolved. Remove from heat, allow to cool before using. Place pork chops into an airtight container or sealable storage bag. Pour brine over pork chops, allow to sit in brine for a minimum of 6-8 hours, preferably overnight in the refrigerator.

Cooking

When ready to cook, heat grill and remove pork chops from the refrigerator.
Take pork chops out of brine, pat dry with a paper towel.
Rub chops with a little oil.
When grill is ready, place chops on grill and allow to cook for 6-7 on the first side (depending on thickness of the chops).
Flip the chops, cook for another, 4-5 minutes.
Remove from grill, allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Serve with your favorite sides; potato salad and grilled fresh vegetables.

Recommendations

This Dunkin’ Dark Roast Coffee Brine is also great with:

  • Chicken
  • Ribs
  • Pork Roasts

Peanut Butter Bomb

  • 8 oz double brewed Dunkin’ Donuts coffee
  • 1 regular scoop of vanilla ice cream (1/2 cup)
  • 2T caramel syrup
  • 1T of creamy peanut butter
  • 1T of chocolate syrup

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into glass over ice.

About A.J.

Owner and creator of MegaBBQ.com. Worked in the BBQ industry since 1987. No longer in the restaurant business, however I am enjoying experimenting at home smoking, grilling, barbecuing and writing about my experiences here on MegaBBQ.com!
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