Coffee Rub brings incredible earthy flavor when seasoning steak. The real star of this recipe is the ancho chile powder which elevates the savory flavor with a touch of heat. The coffee grounds are balanced with granulated garlic and coarse black pepper and perfect for coffee-rubbed steak.
Why Coffee in a Steak Rub?
Coffee combined with a heating element like ancho chili gives a nice earthy flavor to any rub. As the rub cooks, the liquid sweats out of the meat and combines with the coffee giving a rich aroma and flavor.
It all starts with dry ground coffee. You don’t need fancy coffee for a rub. Simply use a good whole bean espresso roast, and grind it using the finest setting you have. Using a grinder allows the use of freshly ground coffee, or buying it finely ground works also if you don’t have access to a grinder.
The remaining ingredients are adding savory flavors and a touch of heat. Kosher salt, coarse ground pepper, ancho chile powder, and granulated garlic are a perfect balance. Because of the focus on coffee-rubbed steak, we avoid sugar. It’s a simple but great combination.
Coffee Rubbed Steak
We use this coffee rub recipe with a grilled NY Strip Steak. Add a quick marinade that includes coffee, and you have a rich and delicious steak recipe packed with flavor. Or try this on our cowboy ribeye steak recipe which is slowly smoked and then finished over a hot flame in the perfect reverse sear method.
Or you can use this for any of our grilled steak recipes.
We recommend any of our seasonings be stored in a cool dark cupboard and in a mason jar. Avoid keeping on top of a refrigerator. If the rub cools and heats up over the day, especially in direct light, any residual moisture tends to clump up and the flavor or the rub gets muted.
This coffee steak rub will last up to six months with the proper storage.
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Homemade Coffee Rub with Ancho Chile Powder
- 3 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons coarse ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons finely ground coffee
- 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- In a small bowl combine all ingredients and stir. Store in a small mason jar for up to six months.
- Use as a seasoning for your favorite steaks.