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 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 the 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 perfect beef seasoning.
Coffee Brisket Rub
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’re looking to mix things up, this rub makes the perfect coffee brisket rub.
So go ahead. Take a chance on a new brisket adventure.
Coffee Rubbed 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 rub works well for high heat cooking is because is uses instant coffee granules opposed to coffee grinds from the whole bean. Coffee grinds burn quickly and become quite bitter, so by using instant coffee, it 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.
Looking For More Rubs?
Check out these other amazing rubs for steak, chicken, and more!
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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 YouTube, Instagram, or our Facebook Page. Follow along and let’s make awesome food together!
- 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
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Use a fork to crush any clumps of seasonings. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.