Coffee Rubbed Steak Recipe

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 by

As Labor Day approaches, cookouts are the perfect activity to kick back with family and friends. The recipes of summer should be fresh, bright and juicy. As relentless coffee lovers, we sought to find a way to fuse our favorite ingredient into the mix with this delicious coffee rub.

Coffee Rubbed Steak Recipe

Why coffee? Believe it or not, in this rub, coffee does not yield any bitterness. It adds a rich complexity to the sweet and salty kick you get from its other ingredients. We experimented with roast level and settled on a French Roast for its robust flavor. When selecting your bean of choice, take into account that the darker the roast, the stronger the flavor. The ideal grind size is the same as what you brew in your Autodrip pot. The grounds have just enough surface area to contribute flavor without dominating by sticking to the meat more than the other spices.

Coffee makes a truly unique seasoning. Adding the bold, earthy flavor of a ground dark roast to sweet and savory spices will make any steak sizzle. This warm, zesty rub goes with just about anything, but it doesn’t get any better than on your favorite cut of juicy steak. Whether you’re manning the grill, prepping the food, or buying the ingredients, you’ll be the barbeque boss once you break out this spiced, tangy rub!

Try it out this Labor Day. Let us know any modifications you made and how it turned out in the comments below!

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground dark roasted coffee beans (regular or decaf)
  • 5 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1½ teaspoons ground mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 of your favorite cuts of beef



  • In a small bowl, whisk all of the dry seasonings until evenly blended.
  • Rub mixture evenly on all sides of the ribeye steaks (approximately 5 tsp. per steak) and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Pre-heat grillon high heat.

Grill 4-6 minutes per side for medium-rare or longer to taste.