Java Roasted Ribs

Java Roasted Ribs

By: Jonathan - Oxford, WI - Recipe Contest 2015

"This recipe is special to me because it began as a hand-me down from my great grandmother. I adjusted some ingredients for the rub including the addition of coffee, and it has become a favorite for my family."

This is a Door County Coffee Fan recipe. It was not made in the kitchens of the Door County Coffee Café.


Featured ingredient: Jamaican Blue Mountain Blend Coffee 10 oz. Bag Ground

1 rack of pork spare ribs, approximately 4 lbs


    • 1/2 Tbsp black pepper
    • 1/2 Tbsp sweet paprika
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 3 Tbsp ground Door County Coffee Jamaican Blue Mountain Blend


    • 1 large onion
    • 1/2 cup catsup
    • 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
    • 1/4 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp celery seed
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 3Tbsp brown sugar
    • 4 Tbsp canola oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Remove sheathing from the inside of the ribs and trim off excess fat.
  3. In a small bowl mix black pepper, paprika, salt, and coffee grounds.
  4. Dust ribs evenly with the rub and pat into meat.
  5. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat and brown both sides of ribs.
  6. Place ribs into the bottom of a roasting pan.
  7. Chop onion and lightly steam in skillet, add water as necessary to prevent the onion from burning.
  8. In a separate bowl thoroughly mix catsup, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, chili powder, celery seed, water and brown sugar.
  9. Add sauce mixture to the onions, mix well and pour over ribs in the roasting pan.
  10. Cover the roasting pan and bake for approximately 2 hours, the meat should be able to be easily pulled from the bones.