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!
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.
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 ).
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.