Cocoa Chipotle Spice Rub

October 28, 2017

Cocoa Chipotle Spice Rub brings together amazing pantry ingredients for a cocoa powder based rub that complements rich meat with a warm, savory, and perfectly bitter flavor profile. It doesn’t really taste like chocolate, but it adds a level of depth that you can’t really find with any other ingredient. You’ll keep coming for bites trying to work out everything you’re experiencing! I love making my own rubs, and this is one that I’ll come back to for beef over and over again. In this post, I used the cocoa spice rub on a gorgeous flank steak, but it would be awesome on any type of steak that is getting a hot and fast sear (think rib-eye, sirloin, skirt steak). It also fares well on low and slow meats if you feel like adding a flavor twist. I know people often keep it classic salt and pepper on things like beef ribs or brisket, but I truly think this cocoa rub could add so much depth and intensity to smoked meats.

Cocoa Chipotle Spice Rub

As you are probably aware by now, my special skills lie in the world of meat and fire, not in the world of chocolate and sweet desserts. However, it is National Chocolate Day and my love for celebrating food holidays surpasses all of my reservations of grilling with chocolate and forces me out of my same old comfort zone. So I tasked myself with finding an awesome way to incorporate chocolate into my grilling and BBQ scene. I’m stoked to say, I think I managed to bring those two worlds together. Everybody who tried this cocoa spice rub was so intrigued and excited about the flavors, they couldn’t wait for the post to come out on my site.

Cocoa Spice Rub

So like I said, today is National Chocolate Day! Woooooo! I’ve teamed up with a crew of fellow bloggers who are working together to celebrate national food holidays all year long. It’s like a party each month with an awesome food theme (my favorite kind of party is a food party!) Go check out some of these awesome Chocolate Inspired recipes from the Celebrating Food Bloggers!

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cocoa chipotle spice rub

Cocoa Chipotle Spice Rub

Cocoa Chipotle Spice Rub brings together amazing pantry ingredients for a cocoa powder rub that complements rich meat with a warm, savory, and perfectly bitter flavor profile.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time : 5 mins
Total Time : 5 mins
Servings : 3 Tablespoons


  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle liberally on beef before grilling. Store at room temperature in an air tight container.
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5 thoughts on “Cocoa Chipotle Spice Rub

  1. Susie,
    On your Cocoa Chipotle Spice Rub, the Course indicates side dish. I am unsure to what this refers. I also ask which meats are your favorites for this rub ? Thanks !!

    1. Hey Phil–the recipe card software I use requires me to enter a course for every recipe. Rubs aren’t really a course, but I needed to fill in the card. So it’s listed as a side dish. It doesn’t really mean anything pertinent to the recipe. I’ve used this on flat iron steaks, flank steaks, and even a chicken. I think it best complements beef, however.

  2. I put this on some tri-tip today and the first thing that came out of my wife’s mouth was wow. It has an incredible depth of flavor and has a nice burn with the chipotle powder. This will be my go to rub with any steak!

  3. Making my third batch. This rub is now a family favorite. Our favorite is using on flank or skirt steak. But also great on ribs or grilled pork roast for a different flavor. Thanks Hey Grill !

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