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Coffee Grind Rubs

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by pacedawg, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. pacedawg

    pacedawg Fire Starter

    I had an amazing steak a while back in Hawaii. It was a T-Bone with a coffee grind rub. I was thinking of trying something along those lines out. Anyone on here have a recipe they use?
  2. bear55

    bear55 Master of the Pit

    Use the search bar here, there are some very good coffee rubs listed here.
  3. pacedawg

    pacedawg Fire Starter

    I only found 1 from 2009. Maybe I misspelled it by accident.
  4. pacedawg

    pacedawg Fire Starter

    In case anyone else was looking-

    I found a great recipe on-line and cooked up 2 boneless ribeye's for and appetizer tonight. Here's the recipe for the rub and sauce to serve with. I pan fried the steaks while I was smoking chicken thighs.


    • For the rub:

    • 1 tablespoon ground coffee

    • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

    • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

    • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder, or other chili powder

    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

    • 2 boneless rib eye or strip steaks, each about 1-inch thick (about 1 pound total)

    • 1 tablespoon canola oil

    • For the pan sauce:

    • 2 teaspoons flour

    • 1 cup oatmeal stout or chocolate stout beer

    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

    • 2 teaspoons molasses

    1. To make the pan sauce, pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan. Whisk the flour into the fat in the pan and cook until brown, about 1 minute. Stir in the stout, soy sauce, and molasses and continue to whisk until the sauce is reduced and thickens a bit, 3 to 5 minutes longer. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Remove the sauce from the heat.
  5. pacedawg

    pacedawg Fire Starter

  6. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks for the recipes! It looks great.
  7. Hi there!

    I make coffee dusted steak all the time, (and have even done octopus, bluefish and more), and keep it super healthful and simply by doing just the following:

    1. Coat the meat in freshly ground coffee grinds (as a dry rub);

    2. Grill as you like.

    3. Once off the grill, mop that well, (both sides), through a plate of olive oil, and then put coarse, gray sea salt on it.

    That's it.

    And they are out of this world!!!!

    Cheers! - Leah
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  8. pacedawg

    pacedawg Fire Starter

    That sounds quite good, Leah. Thanks for the reply.
  9. You're very welcome! It's really delicious stuff and so healthful and simple too.

    You can also do it just scattered with a "few" grinds in coarse pieces (as in this bison steak photo of mine) or coat the whole meat with fine grounds and all over to get a sealed in coating, (which I do often too).

    Regardless, it's just fantastic! Cheers! - Leah

  10. pacedawg

    pacedawg Fire Starter

    That looks like a great dish!
  11. Thank you! I share your palate for coffee dusted steak indeed - great stuff! Cheers! - Leah
  12. I have used instant coffee in my rubs, but never ground coffee.  I was reviewing various rub recipes tonight out of "Smoke & Spice" by Cheryl and Bill Jamison, The Harvard Common Press, Copyright 2014, and found a rub ("Java-Chile Rub", page 31) that has as its primary base "ground coffee". 

    Is there any special trick here to avoid getting a mouth full of sand?  For example, a very fine grind?  OR, does the prolonged heat from a low and slow smoke combining with the meat juices break the ground coffee down so that it becomes part of the bark?  This would be helpful before I proceed to ruin a large packer brisket!

    Thank you in advance!

    - Matt
  13. Bloody hell. Another one to add to the must do list
  14. A regular grind works well! Sometimes I do it chunkier for more texture & grit! I love coffee dusted steak!!!
    Cheers! - Leah
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