How to Make Cowboy Coffee

July 15, 2016 5:47 pm Last Updated: July 28, 2016 2:29 pm

Of all the things Kent Rollins cooks out of his chuck wagon for hardworking cowboys, coffee might be the most important thing of all. How else do you get cowboys up and going at 4 a.m.?

With a few little tricks—including boiling the grounds—Rollins’s Cowboy Coffee turns out velvety smooth. Here’s the recipe below:

Cowboy coffee. (Shannon Keller Rollins)
Cowboy coffee. (Shannon Keller Rollins)

Cowboy Coffee


  • 3/4 cup coffee grounds


Fill a 3-quart graniteware coffee pot with water to the bottom of the spout.

Place the pot over high heat and allow the water to warm. When the water has warmed, pour in the coffee grounds.

Let the water come to a good rolling boil. Let boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let sit for about 2 minutes. Pour 1/2 to 3/4 cup cold water down the spout to settle the grounds.

(Recipe from “A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail” by Kent Rollins with Shannon Keller Rollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)