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posted April 23, 2019

Coffee Rub

This homemade coffee rub is the ultimate rub when you want to bring a savory and slightly spicy flavor to your meat. The ingredient that ties this rub all together is the earthy flavor of the coffee, making it a perfect rub for beef.

Coffee rub next to coffee rubbed steak with text overlay - Coffee Rub.

Coffee Dry Rub

Coffee rub is a wonderfully versatile rub. It’s the perfect rub for beef, but it can be used on other meat as well. The coffee really compliments the richness of beef, and it stands up to both low and slow, as well as hot and fast cooking.

So does coffee rub taste like coffee? Not really. Think of it as a great rub with deep earthiness that is slightly bitter, but not overwhelming. This will be one of those rubs that quickly becomes a go-to when you need that perfectly unique beef seasoning.

Ingredients for coffee rub in a mixing bowl.

Ingredients for Coffee Rub

This rub mixes 9 amazing spices and seasonings to give you a fantastic coffee dry rub. Here’s what you’ll need to make this coffee rub.

  •   2 Tablespoons coarse salt
  • 2 Tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

This recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne, which isn’t a lot, but it will definitely add a bit of heat to your rub. You can adjust this as you desire for more or less heat in your rub.

Coffee rub in a serving bowl.

How to Make Coffee Rub

Making your own homemade BBQ rubs is REALLY easy. I’m talking add-ingredients-and-stir-it-together easy. Here’s the 2-step process to making coffee rub.

  1. Mix. Snag a small to medium-sized mixing bowl and add in all the ingredients. Use a spoon or fork and mix well.
  2. Use or store. Once mixed, you can use this immediately. If you have any seasoning left over or you make a double batch, you can store it in an airtight glass container (I like these Glass Spice Bottles) for around a month for the best flavor.

If you’re interested in making even more of your own homemade rubs (and maybe even creating your own flavors!), check out my post on How to Make BBQ Rub.

Coffee rub being seasoned on steak.

Best Meat for Coffee Rub

Now that you have this coffee rub ready to go, here are my top suggestions for how to use it! (Spoiler alert: it’s best on beef).

Brisket

Brisket requires a low and slow cook, and this rub is the ideal seasoning blend to compliment the rich smokiness of the brisket.

My favorite method for cooking brisket is an old-school Texas-style method with lots of wood smoke, a butcher paper wrap, and a long rest before slicing and serving. This process results in melt-in-your-mouth smoked brisket. Honestly, my Texas Style Smoked Beef Brisket is a classic.

I normally cook this style with a simple coarse salt and coarse black pepper rub, but when you want to mix things up, you must try this recipe for Coffee Rub Brisket. It’s a whole new adventure into delicious brisket.

Steak

Coffee rub isn’t just delicious on brisket. It also works well on a hot and fast application when cooking steak. There is no sugar in the rub, so you don’t run the risk of burning or over-caramelization.

Another reason this seasoning works well for high-heat cooking is that it uses instant coffee granules as opposed to coffee grinds from the whole bean. Coffee grinds burn quickly and become quite bitter, so using instant coffee seasons the meat without having to worry about the granules overcooking on the grill. Try your own coffee-rubbed steak on this Reverse Seared Tomahawk Steak or my Smoky Joe Coffee Rubbed Tri Tip.

Coffee rub on a steak.

Looking For More BBQ Rubs?

Check out these other amazing rubs for steak, chicken, and more!

Coffee Rub Recipe

Follow the recipe and I’ll teach you the simple steps to making your own homemade rub. You can find more of my smoking and grilling recipes and videos on YouTubeInstagram, or our Facebook Page. Follow along and let’s make excellent food together!

This post was originally published in April 2019. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.

Coffee rub next to coffee rubbed steak.

Homemade Coffee Rub

Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)
This homemade coffee rub is the ultimate rub when you want to bring a savory and slightly spicy flavor to your meat. Great for BBQ and grilling.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time : 5 mins
Total Time : 5 mins
Servings : 16 servings
Calories : 11kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 Tablespoons coarse salt
  • 2 Tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne

Instructions

  • Make the rub. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Use a fork to break up any clumps of seasoning.
  • Use or store. This rub is ready to be used immediately. If you have any extra rub, you can store it in an airtight container for up to a month for the best flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 876mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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