Spicy Coffee BBQ Sauce

I don’t think it’s ever happened in the nearly 11 years we’ve had our dog.  I was sound asleep and I heard our dark barking.  Just a “woof” and it took me a while to realize I wasn’t dreaming.  Then once I was awake I thought maybe he was having a bad dream.  He usually sleeps at the foot of our bed on a blanket on the floor.  He wasn’t there.  Then I thought maybe he was sleeping in Hannah’s now empty room, and somehow the door shut and he couldn’t get out.  Nope!  He was barking to be let out at 5:07 a.m.!  He ended up wandering our back yard for 20 minutes.  While I was waiting for him to come in, I went on Nicole’s site –you have to check out her bull dog Lily – so cute!

Well after 20 minutes I was kind of awake.  I did have the slightest temptation just to hit up the gym, but I knew I would be dog tired later in the day and went back to sleep until 7:15. 😀

I didn’t realize I had 205 carbs yesterday until I entered my food into fatsecret.com.  To offset that,  I thought I’d have a low carb breakfast – I made something similar one time before, but remembered that I had thinly sliced roast beef – so this time I asked my deli person to slice it a bit thicker so it stayed rolled.  Sadly, my camera battery died just as I was taking the picture, so my smart phone had to step in.  I scrambled ½ cup of egg whites with ½ a cup baby spinach and ½ an ounce of cheese.  When I got to work I split my 100 calorie pack of Wholly Guacamole between the two slices of roast beef.  Reheated the eggs for 45 seconds, then put that at one end, and just rolled it up.  With a touch of hot sauce and cilantro on top – this delicious breakfast (with the 1 cup of watermelon on the side) comes in at 366 calories, 16 fat, 18 grams of carbs, 3.9 fiber and 37 protein.

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Not only was this breakfast delicious, but super filling.  I ran/walked for 50 minutes then when I got back to my desk I had a few rushes and didn’t even eat lunch until 2:00 p.m. – and I probably could have lasted longer, but I knew I had a delicious lunch waiting for me!  I have Jacky and Kevin to thank for my lunch.   Tony and I smoked a pork shank over the weekend.  A 4.5 pound piece of meat!


I’ve mentioned before, but my husband, as much as I love him, will not eat leftovers.  Except for the occasional piece of fried chicken or meatloaf.  It had a pretty big bone in the middle, but I went to cutting it down in thin pieces – I ended up with 12 ounces of meat.  I’ll save the bone in the deep freeze for soup later on.  As I was googling “spicy pork sandwiches” I actually found my friend Jacky’s recipe for Asian Pulled Pork.  While I didn’t follow her method for cooking the pork (not sure I could get my husband to eat anything with Chinese Five Spice!) I(Also, check out her recipe for Buffalo Cauliflower Dip – holy shizz!)  was intrigued with her Asian BBQ sauce. I tweaked it slightly – hoisin sauce is pretty sweet, so I reduced the amount in this recipe since I was only going to be tossing the sauce with 12 ounces of meat, and I left out the scallions – sorry Jacky!  Oh, and I didn’t have an sesame oil too – that would have been a nice addition!

Asian BBQ Sauce

(adapted slightly from Jacky of Jax House)  (makes 4 servings:  157 calories, 7.75 fat, 19 carbs, 1.2 fiber and 1.9 protein)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ cup bottled hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced

Heat the oil in a saucepan.  Add ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Stir in wine, brown sugar, sriracha and soy sauce.  Cook for another 2 minutes.  Add hoisin sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Once cool, stir in the minced cilantro.

The topping?  Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon radish.  I really wish I knew sooner how easy it is to pickle!  My only change from Kevin’s recipe is that I doubled the amount of liquid.

Vietnamese Pickled Veggies

(adapted from of Kevin at Closet Cooking)

  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large carrots, cut into match stick size
  • 1 large daikon radish, cut into match stick size

I brought the water, vinegar, sugar and salt to simmer, and simmered for about 10 minutes, or until the sugar and salt dissolve.  I put my carrots and radish in a large mason jar, and filled it up to the top.  Once it was cool, store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

My first idea was to just drizzle the sauce over the sandwich, but then I decided to just mix it all together.  I shared this sandwich with three of my co-workers and it made 4 servings.   The responses:

·        Holy shit – this sandwich rocks!

·        That sandwich was absolutely delicious!

·        OMG, I can’t believe I am eating this whole thing – it’s the perfect amount of spice!

Yep, that’s me.  Changing lives, one sandwich at a time. Open-mouthed smile

It wasn’t until I put my food into fatsecret.com again, that my lunch came in kind of high – when I make this again I’ll either ditch the sweet potato chips for chopped fresh veggies, or ditch the hamburger bun, which would have saved me about 150 calories either way.  Even still, this was worth every calorie.  606 calories, 28 fat, 60 carbs, 5.2 fiber and 25 protein.

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My store had cut up chicken on sale for .99 cents a pound.  I am a sucker for that deal!  Tony loves grilled chicken thighs, just with garlic salt and pepper.  Me?  I wanted a spicy bbq sauce!  Only problem was, I didn’t have any.

A quick google search gave me some ideas of what I wanted to do – this is really a combination of several recipes, so it was either going to be stunning or taste like ass.  Happily, it tasted stunning!

Spicy Coffee BBQ Sauce

Per tablespoon:  16 calories; 0 g fat 4 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber

  • 3/4 cup strong coffee
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup habanero ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 jalapeno – pierced with a knife

Combine all the ingredients into a pan.  Cook over medium low heat for fifteen minutes – it will thicken slightly as it cooks.

Guys, this was the perfect amount of flavorful heat – I was literally licking my fingers – I am klassy like that.

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My plate: 2 chicken wings, 1/2 cup of noodles mixed with baby greens and grilled zucchini – that I slathered in that bbq sauce. Open-mouthed smile  Dinner comes in at 441 caloires, 17 fat, 35 carbs, 2.8 fiber and 39 protein.

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Stats for Tuesday:

  • 1443 calories, 63 fat, 104 carbs, 11 fiber and 102 protein
  • 33% of calories from carbs, 40% from fat and 27% from protein
  • 50 minute walk/run at lunch
  • average blood sugar 188 – for some reason my blood sugar really spiked after my run – it was 302 when I got back!

I have Errign to thank for today’s Inspirational Diet motivation.  Check out this article “Enough With the Bullshitting!”  It was a very motivational read – thanks Errign!  Make it a great day!


25 thoughts on “Spicy Coffee BBQ Sauce

  1. And Lily and I love Ed 🙂 He’s too cute 🙂 The things we do for our dogs!

    I think it’s CRAZY that Tony won’t eat leftovers, and when he does…fried chicken! That’s like the ONE food I would’ve love leftover! Men… 🙂

    I absolutely MUST try that BBQ sauce. Someone on my last Q&A was asking for one and I realized it’s been WAY too long since I tried a new one!

  2. You were Bizzy in the kitchen! My husband and I eat leftovers but the kids don’t–it’s so annoying. That sandwich looks so good!

  3. I must try those pickled vegetables!

  4. Our Deanie won’t eat leftovers. But I LOVE them! I wanted you to know that I read your posts every day- it’s easy cause they come to my email. Problem is, I don’t think about coming over here commenting! Sorry! How’s Hannah liking living with the BF?

    • Thanks for commenting! She is loving her life right now – she’s a list maker so she’s making her appointment with her college advisor, for the campus tour, looking for jobs, find an allergist. She’s only about 15 minutes from my twin sister and my Mom, so Hannah had lunch with my sister today – wish I could have been there! Damn work. 😦

  5. We have never tried to make pork shank, looks good. The sandwich looks delicious, Sandwich Queen! Glad you like the recipe. I have to try that coffee BBQ sauce, right up my alley.

  6. Jeff lives for leftovers…me, I’m all for them as long as they’re cold (lasagne, pizza, spaghetti, even a hamburger or meatloaf) – I’m weird, I know. 🙂

    Your dinner looks mouthwateringly good!

  7. We live on leftovers. Don’t know how I’d manage a week’s worth of meals with all the running we do after work! I think I would even like your breakfast as a lunch!

  8. hey girl! i’ve missed you! i need to catch up on your blog to see what you’ve been up to. i love those roast beef rollups, and don’t even get me started on that pork sandwich, DELICIOUS! i hope you and your family are doing well! 🙂

  9. I’m kinda picky about leftovers too. The asian sauce sounds perfect and the pickled veggies…love them. I pickle stuff all the time, try cauliflower you’ll be hooked! The coffee bbq sauce sounds good too. Never seen that habernero ketchup before. For some reason yesterday I thought that pork shank was a ham, so my suggestions probably sounded pretty weird to you. That made me laugh when I read what it really is today…lol!

  10. LOVING that lunch sandwich…it looks super delicious! Yum. 🙂

  11. Hi, nice to meet you!! Definitely saving your site to come back and try some recipes!!

  12. It makes me laugh when you say ‘…either it will be stunning or taste like ass.’ That gets me giggling every time!!

    I ❤ leftovers LOL and luckily, so does my hubby!

  13. SO wishing I had some of your leftover ham last night. I made a tortilla pizza and needed some sort of protein. I ended up using a hotdog (in the pork family) that I had in the freezer. What all have you decided to do with your leftovers? BTW that sauce looks tasty.

  14. Roz@weightingfor50

    This post left me ridiculously hungry. and I just ate lunch! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!!!

  15. Oh man, I don’t miss the days when we had to let Jessie out because unlike your dog, she wants to go out all the time for different reasons. We have a dog door so she can just go in and out as she pleases. Of course, I’m sure that’s one reason why our energy bill is so high, we have to leave3 the storm door open and air comes in the cracks of the dog door. 😦

    Hows about I move in and you change my life with one of those sammiches? mmm, looks and sounds SO good.

  16. My husband is the same way about leftovers! Your sandwich turned out amazing looking and well worth those calories. We really like that Melinda’s ketchup, and the hot sauces.

  17. Spicy coffee bbq sauce sounds right up my alley! I hate ketchup so I’m always on the lookout for good alternatives :).

  18. melissalikestoeat

    You eat the best food. Seriously.

  19. Now that we have the grill, I HAVE to try that bbq sauce. Amazing! Coffee is great in mole sauce so I’m sure it’s awesome in bbq.

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