Spicy Java Beef BBQ Flatbread

Spicy Java Beef BBQ Flatbread

By: Cindy Kerschner - Schnecksville, PA

"Coffee kissed ground beef and peppers, drizzled with spicy java barbecue sauce. Serve it hot on freshly made roasted garlic flatbread speckled with ground coffee. I like making my own breads and flatbreads allow me to add ingredients like coffee to kick it up a notch. I often add coffee to sauces and barbecue sounded like a natural choice. Sprinkling coffee into the beef mix added a depth of flavor I really love. It all comes together in an easy to make meal any coffee fan will love!"

This is a user-submitted recipe. It was also tested in the kitchen of the Door County Coffee Café.


Featured ingredient: Private Reserve Coffee 10 oz. Bag Ground


    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 cup chopped mixed bell peppers
    • 1/4 cup diced green onions
    • 1 teaspoon ground Door County Coffee Private Reserve
    • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley or cilantro
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • salt and pepper to taste


    • 1 cup self-rising flour
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1 teaspoon ground Door County Coffee Private Reserve
    • 4 teaspoons olive oil
    • 2 teaspoons roasted garlic puree
    • salt to taste

Barbecue Sauce:

    • 1 cup tomato sauce
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon cocoa
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons brewed Door County Coffee Private Reserve
    • Salt and pepper to taste



    1. In a large skillet add butter, beef, peppers, onions and coffee.
    2. Fry over medium heat to brown beef. Reduce heat and simmer until thoroughly cooked.
    3. Stir in parsley.
    4. Salt and pepper to taste.


    1. Whisk together flour, coffee and salt.
    2. Add milk and garlic
    3. Knead until thoroughly mixed - divide dough into 4 equal pieces.
    4. Flatten each piece to 1/4-inch thickness.
    5. Fry in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until brown on both sides approximately 2 minutes per side.

Barbecue Sauce

    1. Whisk together tomato sauce, brown sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, cayenne, coffee, salt and pepper.
    2. Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated.

Top flatbread with filling and drizzle with barbecue sauce.