Simple BBQ Coffee Rub for Steaks, Pork and More

Got a little leftover coffee? Consider using it for a rub on a Steak or Pork chop.

Keep it simple and start with a decent cut of meat, and grind your coffee between espresso and drip. Just rub in the mixture right before throwing on a hot grill. This will minimize moisture coming to the top, which can result in a soggy, rather than dry crust.

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BBQ Coffee Rub

Coffee BBQ Rub on Meat
Coffee BBQ Rub on Meat

Also, let your meat sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Putting a cold steak from the refrigerator directly on the grill will result in a more cool red center than you probably want. Keep in mind that you won’t see those nice grill marks, since the dark color of the coffee will cover them up.

Here are a couple mixtures I use, but definitely feel free to experiment.

Steak

  • 2 Tbsp Coffee (grind between espresso and drip)
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

Pork

  • 2 Tbsp Coffee (grind between espresso and drip)
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Cinammon
  • 2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

Grilled Top Sirloin with Coffee Rub
Grilled Top Sirloin with Coffee Rub

Resources

Coffee and Barbecue – Coffee barbecue recipes include Squealin’ Good Wake-Me-Up Java Rub and Brown Eye Piggy Sauce.

Coffee Grind Chart – Photo article that shows you how fine to grind when making your coffee rub.

The Barbecue! Bible – by Steven Raichlen

How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques – by Steven Raichlen

Coffee Flavor Spices Amazon List – A full list of spice and flavor ideas to use with coffee.

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