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Coffee Rubbed Steak Recipe

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Is there anything better on the grill than a nice juicy steak? I don’t know about you, but steak is right up there at the top of my list for favorite grilling ideas (followed quickly by BBQ split chicken breasts and cedar plank salmon)! I recently picked up some rib-eye steaks at the market, but I wanted to do something a little bit different.

I’m a big fan of using simple spice rubs on my grilled steaks, but I decided to mix it up a little bit this time. So I pulled some cocoa powder and finely ground espresso out of the pantry. (Yup, that’s right! Chocolate and coffee on a steak!)

Add in some brown sugar, pepper, chipotle powder and a couple other common spices, and you’ve got one heck of an awesome dry rub for steaks. I know this might sound like a cookie recipe gone horribly wrong, but trust me here. When used in moderation, both cocoa powder and coffee create an amazing base for dry rubs to use on grilled meats.

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You’ll have steakhouse quality flavor with just a small portion of the cost!

Do you know how hard it is to grill a good steak around my house? It actually has nothing to do with the steak or the rub, and everything to do with the type of steak. You see, my wife loves New York strips and my Dad is a huge believer in a rib-eye. Me? Well, I’m kinda partial to the classic filet.

The thought of grilling 3-4 different types of steak isn’t really appealing to me. (Imagine that!) But no matter which cut of steak I go with, I love creating fun and tasty spice blends.

This espresso and cocoa powder rub is one of my favorites, too. It’s bold, unique and sure to impress your friends and family! In case you’re wondering, the chocolate and coffee flavors don’t come through as strong as you might imagine. Don’t get me wrong – once grilled, the rub creates a wonderful deep flavor for the steaks. Just make sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder to avoid unwanted surprises.

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You’ll notice that this spice rub also calls for a bit of chipotle powder. Chipotles are smoke-dried jalapenos, so they bring a bit of heat to a dish. Chipotle powder is fairly easy to find in the market, and I’m a huge fan of this spice. It lends both a smoky and spicy flavor to dishes, but use it sparingly or your rub will be too spicy.

Next time you’re craving a delicious steak, try using some unique ingredients like cocoa powder and finely-ground coffee beans. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create a steakhouse-quality grilled steak in your own backyard!

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Coffee Rubbed Steak Recipe

David Dial
Coffee Rubbed Steak will fire up your taste buds with mix of spices. Espresso and cocoa powder give the rub an eclectic kick.
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 1 steak
Calories 16.63 kcal


  • 1 Espresso Powder Finely ground
  • 1 Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Ancho Chili Powder
  • 0.5 Paprika
  • 0.5 Brown Sugar
  • 1 Dry Mustard
  • 1 Kosher Salt
  • 1 Black Pepper
  • 1 Granulated Garlic
  • 0.5 Oregano
  • 4 Beef Ribeye Steak (Genuine Steak House Brand) Each one approximately 1 1/4” to 1 ½” thick
  • Grapeseed Oil Or canola oil


  • Combine all of the ingredients for the coffee rub in a small bowl; mix together until well combined.
  • Brush one side of each rib-eye with grapeseed or canola oil. Rub approximately 1/4 of the coffee rub into the oiled side of each rib-eye.
  • Cover lightly and let sit at room temperature for 45-60 minutes.
  • Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high heat.
  • Place steaks on grill rub side down. Close cover and grill for 2 minutes.
  • Flip steaks, close cover and grill for 2 more minutes.
  • Turn the grill off completely and let the steaks roast for 5-8 more minutes, depending on thickness of steaks and personal preference. (Note: Try not to open the grill too often during this stage as it will cause the grill to cool off too quickly.)
  • Remove steaks from grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Calories: 16.63kcalCarbohydrates: 0.88gProtein: 0.13gSodium: 287mgFiber: 0.25g
Keyword Beef, Coffee, Easy, Grilled, Grilling, Steak
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