Chef’s Corner: Three DDelicious Grilling Recipes Using Our Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee BBQ Sauce

By Molly DeHahn, Research & Development Technologist for Dunkin’ Brands

When I think about the summer BBQ season, I think about having fun and relaxing parties with family and friends and enjoying great food cooked on the grill. That's why when I have a BBQ, I like to keep it really simple so that as a hostess I can relax with my guests and not worry too much about what I'm putting on the table. These simple delicious recipes allow me to do just that and provide a tasty, satisfying meal. Since July is National Grilling Month, I decided to start with the heart of any good grilling recipe, the BBQ sauce. Our recipe for homemade BBQ Sauce includes some of my favorite ingredients and flavors, including Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend Coffee. The sauce is sweet and spicy and offers a great coffee flavor that goes with any grilling application. Fire up the grill and try these three fun grilling recipes to keep your BBQ season running on Dunkin'!

Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee BBQ Sauce

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Ingredients:

• 1 Small Cup of Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend Hot Coffee, Black

• 1 Cup Ketchup

• ¾ Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar

• ½ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

• ½ Cup Finely Chopped Shallots

• 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

• 2 TBSP Soy Sauce

• 2 TBSP Ground Cumin

• 2 TBSP Chili Powder

• 1 TSP Sriracha

Instructions:

1.) Stir all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to simmer then reduce the heat to low for about 40 minutes. Stir occasionally. 

Once your BBQ sauce is ready, you can use it for many different grilling endeavors. Here are three of our favorite recipes for delicious grilling dishes using our BBQ sauce – BBQ Chicken Bagel Pizzas, BBQ Chicken SanDDwiches and BBQ Hash Brown Canapés!

BBQ Chicken Bagel Pizza

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Ingredients:

• 2 Dunkin’ Donuts Bagels (we used Multigrain, Everything and Onion Bagels)

• 1 Grilled Chicken Breast, Diced

• ½ Cup Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee BBQ Sauce

• ½ Cup Pepper Jack Cheese

• Scallions (for garnish)

Instructions:

1.) Place sliced bagels on flat surface. 

2.) Use the back of a spoon and spread Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee BBQ Sauce onto bagel.

3.) Spread diced chicken evenly on top of bagel.

4.) Cover with pepper jack cheese.

5.) Place on grill over low heat and cover the grill. This will help melt the cheese and toast the bagel.

6.) Remove from the grill once cheese is melted.

7.) Sprinkle the bagel pizzas with scallions and a drizzle of sauce to garnish. 

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BBQ Grilled Chicken SanDDwiches

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Ingredients:

• 4 Chicken Breasts

• 4 Dunkin’ Donuts French Rolls (You can also use Dunkin’ Donuts Croissants or Bagels)

• Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee BBQ Sauce

• Cole Slaw (You can find this at your local grocery store) 

• Pickles 

Instructions:

1.) Heat your grill to medium heat and grill your chicken until it reaches at least 165 degrees.

2.) Once the chicken is ready, baste each chicken breast with our Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee BBQ Sauce.

3.) Place the sliced Dunkin’ Donuts French Rolls on grill until toasted.

4.) Place one chicken breast on each roll. 

5.) Top with cole slaw and pickles. 

6.) Serve and enjoy! 

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As a side dish, we decided to grill some fresh vegetables, asparagus and summer squash, and garnish our plate with a pickle slice. If you don’t have time to fire up the grill, head to your local DD to try our Barbecue Chicken or Bacon Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

BBQ Hash Brown Canapés

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Ingredients:

• 3 orders of Dunkin’ Donuts Hash Browns

• 1 Cup of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee BBQ Sauce

• 2 Grilled Chicken Breasts

• Pickles

• Scallions

• Pepper Jack Cheese

Instructions:

1.) Dice chicken breast and cook with the Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee BBQ sauce over low heat for 30 minutes (or until it is able to be “pulled” with a fork).

2.) Once tender, pull the chicken and stir. Set aside.

3.) Re-heat and crisp the Dunkin’ Donuts Hash Browns in the oven at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.

4.) Place a small square of pepper jack cheese on each hash brown.

5.) Then, place a small amount of the pulled chicken on each.

6.) Top with diced pickles and scallions to garnish.

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