Grilled NY Strip Steak with Coffee Rub

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Grilled NY Strip Steak is a tender and flavorful cut of beef with amazing marbling. Perfect for grilling. Add a marinade and rub with coffee for a flavorful coffee rubbed steak that is rich, intense, and flavorful.

Grilled Coffee Dry Rubbed NY Strip Steak with french fries.
NY Strip has incredible marbling and is a very tender steak.

We have used coffee in many of our recipes to add a richness in flavor that is subtle like our award winning brisket chili. It is subtle, so it isn’t overpowering the dish, instead adding a nice background to the flavor and using coffee in the marinade and the rub. The steps are also pretty simple.

What is NY Strip Steak

NY Strip steak comes from the strip loin of a cow. Also called strip steak. This tender area of the cow is along and just under the backbone. The entire strip loin is cut into smaller steaks and the front end of the roast is the NY Strip Steak. It’s tender because it is not moving like a brisket or the sirloin, giving a nice marbling and tender bite. It’s great for grilling and one of our favorite cuts.

The quality of beef is also important when grilling. When selecting a NY Strip Steak be sure to look for distinct marbling throughout and a small fat cap.

Alternatively the Ribeye Steak, or T-Bone (bone in combination of NY Strip and Filet Mignon) is another great option with similar marbling.

Nespresso Machine making coffee
You can use leftover coffee from the morning brew, or make it just for this recipe.

Coffee Marinade

Combine wine and coffee to balance the acidity and earthiness. Fresh ingredients and herbs add the aromatics.

In a one gallon plastic bag combine the following:

  1. Strong brewed coffee – can be your leftovers from the morning
  2. One cup of red wine
  3. Worcestershire, garlic, onions, sugar, and some dry rub and spices

Let it marinate for about two hours. Very simple.

Dry Rub

After it’s done marinating, remove the steak from the baggie and discard marinade. Pat it dry and apply the dry rub. It’s a simple combination of kosher salt, coarse black pepper, and granulated garlic, with unused finely ground coffee grinds.

Use a higher quality coffee for this as the cheaper versions will almost taste like cardboard. The coffee rubbed steak also adds a nice earthy dimension as the grounds interact with flame and the meat as it cooks.

Coffee Rubbed Steak with the coffee rub being applied over the top of the NY Strip steaks.
Season liberrally.

How to Grill NY Strip Steak

Use a two-zone or direct/indirect method of grilling using lump charcoal. For a coffee rubbed steak, the flame will hit the grounds and it will lift out some of the coffee flavor while still getting a nice crust.

  1. Prepare the grill using the two zone method using lump charcoal. Target 450 degrees Fahrenheit over the direct side before applying steaks. This will take about 20 – 30 minutes depending on your cooker.
  2. Grill the NY Strip steaks over direct heat on each side to get the sear. About 3 minutes per side.
  3. Then move the steaks to the indirect side, close the lid and then grill for at least 8 more minutes or until the internal temperature of the steak reaches your desired level of doneness. We like 125 degrees F for rare using a Thermoworks MK4 Thermapen.
  4. After it hits your desired temperature, let the steak rest for 10 minutes. Then slice and serve it.

Temperature Ranges for Beef

Beef Temperature Ranges

Be sure to take into consideration the carry-over cooking that happens while the steak rests. For steaks remove them 5 degrees lower than your desired temperature. For roasts remove them 10 degrees lower. The steak’s internal temperature will rise as it rests.

Black and Blue100 – 120° Fahrenheit (F)37 – 48° Celsius (C)
Rare120 – 130° F48 – 54° C
Medium Rare130 – 140° F54 – 60° C
Medium140 – 150° F60 – 65° C
Medium Well (not recommended)150 – 160° F65 – 71° C
Well Done (not recommended)160 – 170° F71 – 76° C
NY Strip over indirect side of grill.
The coffee will shine after being grilled and moved to the indirect side of grill.

NY Strip Steak and Wine Pairing

While Cabernet Sauvignon is a usual choice for a NY Strip Steak steak, it’s not the only choice. You want something with power and structure to stand up to the bold flavors of the coffee rubbed steak, but also with good acidity and moderate tannins to cut through the fat and richness of the dish.

Sliced Coffee rubbed steak with fries.
If friens aren’t your thing, try duck fat potatoes.

We tried this steak recently with a Rhone red from Gigondas and it was a remarkable match. As the wine opened it showed lots of fresh ground pepper, earthiness, and even a savory meatiness that was so interesting matched with the steak.

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Grilled Coffee Dry Rubbed NY Strip Steak
4.28 from 11 votes

Grilled NY Strip Steak Recipe

Grilled New York Strip Steak marinated in a rich coffee and wine base, seasoned with a coffee rub, then grilled. 
Prep: 2 hours
Cook: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 2 servings



  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1 cup red wine, we used Pinot Noir
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire
  • 1 small shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes

Dry Rub

  • 2 tablespoons SPG Rub
  • 1 teaspoon dry ground coffee


Coffee Marinade and Seasoning

  • Combine all ingredients in a large plastic bag and place the NY strips into the bag. Let sit in the fridge for two hours.
  • After two hours of marinade, remove the steaks from the fridge, take out of the bag and pat dry. Combine dry rub ingredients (equal parts salt, pepper, garlic), then add the ground coffee. Season the steaks with the dry rub as you prepare the grill.


  • Set your grill for indirect or two zone cooking using lump charcoal. Typically this will take 20 – 30 minutes with a charcoal chimney starter.
  • Place your steaks over the direct heat for three minutes or until you see a nice crust and cover grill. Then flip for another three minutes over direct heat and cover again.
  • Then move steaks to indirect heat and cover for around 6 – 8 minutes or until your desired internal temperature. We like to pull rare (125 degrees Fahrenheit) using and instant read thermometer.
  • Let the meat rest for 10 minutes before cutting to let the juices redistribute and then cut and serve. This is great with french fries.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 591mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: grilling
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 264
Keyword: coffee dry rub, coffee marinade, Coffee Rubbed Steak, grilled new york strip steak, NY Strip Steak
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This post was first published in July of 2018 and updated with more details on the grilling steps October 2020. *The wine and Nespresso Machine were media samples for review. As always my opinions are my own.  See my sample policy here. 

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I used Death Wish Coffee Dark Roast whole beans ground super fine. For the wine I used a Robert Mondavi Bourbon Barrel Merlot. Great pairings. The coffee crust was delectable.

  2. 5 stars
    Grilled over the weekend using the marinade and rub recipe. It was OFF THE CHARTS good ! My new GO TO !!! This is a DO NOT MISS

  3. 5 stars
    Those strips steaks look amazing! I’ve heard about using coffee in a marinade, but I’ve haven’t tried it yet. We will have to give your recipe a try the next time it’s warm enough to grill outside.

  4. 5 stars
    This steak looks absolutely amazing and the wine sounds delicious – I love a “meaty” wine but always have a hard time finding them, or knowing what to look for.

  5. Very cool! I bet Portland has a bunch of different coffees that would work well. It’d be an interesting experiment to try out different brands and roasts to see how it affected the end tastes.