Easy and Tasty Coffee Rub Great for BBQ

As the summer is starting to say goodbye for another year, I am trying to jam in as many dinners outside as I can. That normally includes the grill for cooking. A while back, my pal Kim of Deeps Coffee in Duluth suggested I try a coffee rub. Intrigued by the idea, I started doing research to find that it’s a common rub for steaks and meat.

I was surprised by not only how flavorful it was, but also how versatile. My favorite use is on Salmon. Just before I grill it, I  sprinkle  the coffee rub on and I have got a yummy dinner in a flash good enough for company. The coffee grounds in the rub just melt away and add a subtle flavor.


Coffee Rub


Ok so now I am going to give you the recipe…


Easy Peasy, all you do is mix it together and store it in an airtight container..


Use for pork tenderloin, chops, salmon, chicken and beef. Just make sure you use a high grade of coffee beans and just grind them like you would for coffee. I have never tried it with regular coffee grounds from a grocery store, so I am not sure if you would have the same results…

1 Tablespoon ground coffee ( I used Deeps coffee, from the farmer’s market in Duluth)

1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt

1 Tablespoon Tellicherry Black Pepper, coarse ground

1 Tablespoon Ancho Chili Powder (Other types of chili powder will work too)

That’s all there is to it-

Coffee rubbed steaks on the wood fired grill


The coffee grounds mellow out during cooking


Farmer’s Market dinner


It does not get any better than summer on Lake Superior

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