Coffee Dry Dressing Recipe [Steak, Pork, Ribs]


This all-purpose barbecue coffee dry rub is easy to make and goes with everything. Take your BBQ steak, grilled pork chops or spare ribs to a new level with this flavorful condiment!

BBQ Beef Steak & Coffee Dry Rub Recipe

Unlike other dry BBQ dressings that combine spicy and sweet flavors, this recipe uses an unexpected ingredient to bring deep, savory notes to the mix: coffee.

This might seem like an unusual ingredient, but coffee has been used in dry dressings for centuries. In fact, it’s even been said that cowboys down the street rubbed coffee grounds on their steaks to carry them a little punch. I think she was right because this massage is a turning point for Carne Asada.

Grilled beef steak with boiled dry coffee

The deep, earthy flavors of coffee make this condiment great for beef like New York strip steak or upside-down brisket. Despite what you might think, the coffee’s mild bitter notes aren’t overpowering, and the beef’s bold flavors linger well.

Coffee has become my go-to condiment when cooking up beef at the last minute. Best of all, thanks to the robust nature of the coffee beans, it can be used for both roasting and smoking.

As with other dry spices, you can make this on demand (it only takes a few minutes) or make a batch and save. If you choose the latter, you’ll need an airtight container to store it in. These glass spice jars on Amazon are a place to start ( affiliate link ).

dry coffee spice generously applied to raw beef steak before grilling
Quick tip

Instead of freshly ground coffee, use instant coffee granules. They not taste as great in your morning cup of coffee, but instant coffee is made to better withstand high might cooking temperatures. As a result, they do not become as bitter when cooked and do not burn as easily.

While many dry dressing recipes are made from an intricate mix of ingredients, I prefer to keep things simple. A good seasoning with herbs or spices should enhance your roast, not cover it up.

Whole coffee might also seem like a daring ingredient, it simply serves to enhance the flavor of our beef or pork. And he does that very well too.

The flavor of most barbecue spices changes after cooking, so don’t worry if the cinnamon-coffee mixture initially seems spicy. The end result will be much more subtle as the meat juices will mix with the ingredients and crystallize in the heat.

Close up of seared grilled beef tenderloin with dry coffee spice applied before cooking

Rub coffee dry

This all-purpose dry barbecue rub is easy to make and goes with anything. Take your BBQ steak, grilled pork chops or spare ribs to a new level with this flavorful condiment!
Dry Rub Course , Seasoning
American cuisine , BBQ
Preparation time 2 minutes
Total time 2 minutes
Serving 1 cup
Calories 9kcal _


  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of ground coffee
  • 3 tablespoons of kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 tea spoons of crushed black peppercorns


  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container
  • Spread generously on the meat on all sides.


Serving: 10g | Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.4 g | Sodium: 1081 mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 2.2g | Calcium : 5 mg

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