Coffee Steak Rub Recipe

Coffee Steak Rub

Coffee is not just a great beverage to wake you up in the morning, it also makes a fantastic addition to your steak rub. This coffee steak rub has a naturally earthy and slightly bitter taste that pairs exceptionally well with the richness of the beef.

The ground coffee in this rub recipe adds depth and complexity to the overall flavor of the steak, making it a unique and delicious dish to serve to your family and friends.

In addition, coffee beans contain antioxidants that can help to neutralize free radicals in the body, providing potential health benefits when consumed in moderation. So, the next time you’re looking to add some new flavors to your steak rub, consider giving coffee a try.

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How To Properly Season Steak

The proper seasoning technique can make all the difference when it comes to creating a delicious and flavorful coffee-rubbed steak. While it may seem like a simple task, there are a few best practices that can help take your steak to the next level. Here are some tips for how to season a steak properly.

Season Thick Meats Generously

When it comes to seasoning a steak, it’s important to be generous, especially if you’re cooking a thick cut of meat. The thickness of the meat means that it needs more seasoning to fully penetrate the steak and enhance the flavor. So, don’t be afraid to add more seasoning than you might think is necessary.

Use The Palm of Your Hand

Simply sprinkling seasoning onto the surface of the steak won’t be enough to ensure even distribution. To make sure the seasoning reaches all parts of the steak, use the palm of your hand to press the seasoning into the meat. This will help the seasoning adhere to the steak and distribute evenly throughout.

Don’t Rub!

While it may seem intuitive to rub the seasoning into the steak, this can actually cause the rub to clump up and result in uneven seasoning. Instead, use the palm of your hand to press the seasoning into the steak as mentioned in tip 2. This gentle pressing motion will ensure the seasoning is evenly distributed and adhered to the meat.

How To Make Coffee Steak Rub Recipe

Step 1: Mix the Rub Ingredients

To make this coffee steak rub recipe, you’ll need to start by mixing the dry rub ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of brown spicy mustard to the bowl, followed by 2 tablespoons each of ground coffee, paprika, granulated garlic, and minced onion.

Next, add 1 tablespoon each of brown sugar, black pepper, and salt to the bowl, and mix everything together until the ingredients are well combined. Brown sugar adds a touch of sweetness, while black pepper and salt bring out the savory flavors in the rub.

Step 2: Pat the Steaks Dry

Before applying the rub, it’s important to pat the steaks dry with paper towels. Moisture on the surface of the meat can prevent the rub from adhering properly, which can result in uneven seasoning.

Step 3: Apply the Rub to the Steak

Once the steaks are dry, generously apply the rub mixture to both sides of the meat. Press the rub into the meat with the palm of your hand to ensure that it adheres properly and creates an even coating. Make sure to apply the rub evenly on all sides of the steak to ensure that it is properly seasoned.

Step 4: Rest & Cook Steaks

After applying the rub to the steak, let it sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to permeate the meat. This is an important step, as it allows the rub to penetrate the meat and infuse it with flavor. Once the steak has rested, it’s ready to grill your coffee-rubbed steaks on your pellet smoker!

Step 5: Store Remaining Steak Dry Rub Seasoning

If you want to keep all or part of your rub for later use, use a funnel to pour your seasoning into an airtight container or spice jar.

If you have a silica anti-moisture pack, place this inside the container to keep the rub fresher for longer. Store your container in a cool, dry place, and your rub can last for months.

The Best Steak Recipes

If you’re a meat lover, there’s nothing quite like a perfectly grilled steak. Whether you prefer your steak rare, medium, or well-done, cooking the perfect steak takes some skill.

We’ve put together a list of recipes that will help you grill steaks to perfection every time. Whether you’re making a filet mignon, New York strip steaks, or a ribeye steak, we’ve got you covered. We even have a recipe for an unbelievable cowboy steak that you don’t want to miss!

So, fire up the grill, get your meat ready, and let’s get started on learning how to cook a steak to perfection!

More Homemade Steak Seasoning Recipes

If a coffee rub recipe isn’t what you’re looking for, give one of these a try!

We’ve got all kinds of recipes for different spice blends and steak rubs. Whether you want a more spicy flavor or want to experiment with other seasonings like dark brown sugar or chili powder, we’ve got a spice blend for you!

Coffee Steak Rub

Coffee Steak Rub

Easy Coffee Steak Rub you can try at home.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Measuring Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Funnel (optional – if storing)
  • Airtight Container (optional – if storing)
  • Anti-Moisture Silica Packet (optional – if storing)


  • 3 tbsp  Brown Spicy Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Ground Coffee (finely ground coffee beans)
  • 2 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Minced Onion
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Salt


  • In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of brown spicy mustard with 2 tablespoons each of ground coffee, paprika, granulated garlic, and minced onion.
  • Add 1 tablespoon each of brown sugar, black pepper, and salt to the bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Once you have mixed all of the ingredients together, take the steaks and pat them dry.
  • Spread the rub evenly over both sides of your steak, pressing the rub into the meat with the palm of your hand to ensure even coverage.
  • Let the steak sit for at least 30 minutes before grilling it on your pellet smoker.
  • Cook and enjoy your coffee-rubbed steak!

Coffee Steak Rub FAQs

What is a coffee steak rub?

A coffee steak rub is a dry mixture of coffee, spices, and seasonings that is rubbed onto the surface of the steak before cooking to enhance the flavor and texture of the meat.

What Are The Ingredients In A Coffee Steak Rub?

Our coffee-rubbed steak recipe includes ground coffee, paprika, garlic, onion, brown sugar, black pepper, and salt.

How Much Coffee Should I Use In A Coffee Steak Rub?

Generally, you should use about 2 tablespoons of ground coffee grounds per pound of steak.

Can I use any type of coffee in a coffee steak rub?

Yes, you can use any type of coffee you prefer, but it’s recommended to use a medium to dark roast for the best results. Try avoiding instant coffee granules.

How long should I let the rub sit on the steak?

It’s recommended to let the rub sit on the steak for at least 30 minutes before grilling.

Can I Store The Coffee Steak Rub For Future Use?

Yes, you can store the rub in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

Can I Use A Coffee Steak Rub On Other Meats Besides Steak?

Yes, you can use the rub on other meats such as chicken or pork.

How Do I Grill A Steak With A Coffee Rub?

Preheat your pellet smoker to 225°F and place the steak on the grill grates. Cook the steak for about 1-2 hours or until it reaches your desired internal temperature.

Can I Use A Coffee Steak Rub On A Gas Or Charcoal Grill?

Yes, you can use the rub on any type of grill, but it’s recommended to use a pellet smoker for the best results.

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