Elevate Your Grilling Game with Coffee Spice Rub.

Imagine you’re hosting a BBQ party and your guests are expecting some delicious, juicy and flavorful steaks. You definitely don’t want to disappoint them with bland meat, do you? That’s where my special Coffee and Spice Rub Recipe comes in. Trust me – this easy-to-make rub will add a whole new dimension of flavor to your meat dishes.

This spice blend is made from ingredients that you may already have in your pantry, like brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cumin seeds. But the secret ingredient that sets this rub apart is finely ground dark roast coffee. This rich and bold ingredient adds a smoky-sweet taste like no other.

The coffee rub recipe is perfect for any type of meat dish – from steaks to brisket to even roasted vegetables. And trust me, once you try it out, you’ll fall in love with the unique aroma and flavorings of the coffee-spice blend.

Don’t take my word for it – give it a try and see for yourself! The recipe is simple and quick to make, with easy-to-follow instructions. Gather all the ingredients listed below and follow along as we guide you through crafting a homemade coffee rub that will take your BBQ game to the next level.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee and Spice Rub
Coffee and Spice Rub

Attention, foodies and coffee lovers! I’ve got a recipe that will make your taste buds sing with joy – the Coffee and Spice Rub. If you’re like me, you may have never thought of combining coffee and spices to create a dry rub recipe, but let me tell you, it’s pure magic.

As you might be guessing, the main ingredient here is coffee. But not any coffee – a finely ground dark roast coffee that has the power to infuse incredible smoky-sweet flavors into your meat dishes like no other ingredient can.

Now, imagine kicking up your steak or brisket with such an incredible homemade coffee rub that elicits the smoky sweetness of Kona coffee, adding chili powder for heat and smoked paprika for an extra depth of complexity. This coffee spice rub can make even a simple chicken breast taste like heaven.

Not only does the recipe bring gourmet flavors to your kitchen table with minimal cost and effort, but it also includes many common ingredients found in most kitchens such as cumin seeds, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, black pepper, salt, and paprika.

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of coffee (hard to believe that’s possible), give this recipe a try – it just might change your mind. The Coffee and Spice Rub Recipe is easy to make and suitable for all types of meat dishes such as tri-tip steak or beef brisket. Trust me; it’s about to become your new go-to seasoning for all things barbeque!

Ingredient List

“Add a little spice to your coffee and watch the magic happen!”

Here’s everything you need to make the perfect coffee and spice rub:

Dry Rub Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup finely ground dark roast coffee
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 1
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt 1
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, coarse
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika 1
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground fine
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Coffee Rub Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup finely ground dark roast coffee
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 2
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt 2
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2
  • 2 tablespoons paprika 1
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

The recipe calls for specific ingredients to give the perfect smoky-sweet flavor of a coffee-spiced meat rub. All the ingredients for the dry rub and coffee rub combined will yield you around five cups of the homemade coffee rub that can last up to six months if stored properly. The ingredient list is customizable, and you can use a different type of coffee, like Peet’s or Kona Coffee, depending on the intensity and richness of flavor you desire. With these staple ingredients, you can customize your own variation to suit your taste buds.

The Recipe How-To

“Coffee and spice and everything nice.”

Now that we have all of the necessary ingredients, let’s talk about how to make this coffee and spice rub. Trust me, it’s pretty simple.

Step 1: Combine Ingredients

Gather all of the rub recipe ingredients in a bowl: 1/2 cup ground dark roast coffee, 1/2 cup brown sugar (either light or dark), 2 tablespoons smoked paprika, 2 tablespoons Kosher salt (1 part coffee, 1 part dark brown sugar, 2 parts smoked paprika, and 2 parts Kosher salt). Add in the spices of your choice: 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper coarse ground, and 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional).

Step 2: Mix Thoroughly

Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together until you have a homogenous blend with no lumps left behind. You can use an electric mixer if you’re short on time or just want to ensure that everything’s evenly blended.

Step 3: Store Properly

Once the coffee spice rub is mixed and fully combined, transfer it to an airtight container or jar. This will keep it fresh for up to six months.

Now that you know how to make this delicious and easy-to-prepare coffee rub, go ahead and try it out at your next barbecue party or family dinner. It will add a unique smoky sweet flavor to your meat dishes that everyone will love.

Substitutions and Variations

“Give your morning cup of joe a tasty twist with this spice rub.”

There are a couple of substitutions and variations you can make to create different flavors and adjust the recipe to your liking. Here are some ideas:

– Coffee: If you don’t have dark roast coffee on hand, use medium-ground coffee instead. You may not get the full smoky and sweet flavors but it will still taste like coffee. For a more unique flavor, try using Kona coffee.

– Sugar: You can use either light or dark brown sugar for this rub recipe. Dark brown sugar will add a deeper molasses flavor while light brown sugar will be sweeter.

– Salt: The recipe calls for both kosher salt and sea salt. If you only have one type of salt on hand, use that instead. However, keep in mind that different types of salt have different levels of salinity, so adjust accordingly.

– Spices: If you want to turn up the heat, add more chili powder or cayenne pepper. Smoked paprika is essential for the smokiness in this rub, but if you don’t have any on hand, try adding regular paprika and a bit of liquid smoke.

– Espresso Powder: For extra kick, try adding espresso powder to the rub mixture. It’s not mandatory but it will enhance the coffee flavor and add more depth to the rub.

– Trader Joe’s BBQ Rub: If you’re in a pinch and don’t have all the spices listed on hand, try using Trader Joe’s BBQ Rub as a substitute. It has some similar ingredients like smoked paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.

– Beef Cuts: This rub recipe pairs well with beef cuts like ribeye steak or brisket, but feel free to experiment with other cuts as well! Tri-tip is another great option for this rub.

By taking inspiration from these substitutions and variations, you can customize your homemade coffee spice rub to suit your taste preferences or adjust it depending on what ingredients you have at home.

Serving and Pairing

“Who says coffee is just for drinking?”

Now that you’ve mastered the art of making a coffee and spice rub, you might be wondering how to serve it. This rub isn’t just great for meat, but it can also be used on vegetables, potatoes, or tofu. Use your imagination, and the possibilities will be endless.

When it comes to pairing, this spice rub goes hand in hand with a wide range of beverages. For a more robust flavor, try pairing it with dark roast coffee or Kona coffee. For those who prefer a milder taste, green tea could be an excellent choice. For an alcoholic option, pair this rub with a glass of red wine or even a dark beer.

When it comes to serving the items seasoned with this rub, the possibilities are endless. You can grill your meats or roast your veggies for a smoky flavor explosion. Alternatively, try pan-frying your steak seasoned with coffee crusted rub for a crispy exterior and juicy interior.

The spice rub is quite versatile and adds its own unique character to any dish. There’s no reason you shouldn’t experiment by adding this homemade coffee rub to any meal – from breakfast eggs to roasted chicken dinners – if you’re ready; give it a try!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“This little jar of spices will take your coffee game to the next level.”

This coffee and spice rub is perfect for preparing ahead of time. You can easily make a large batch and store it in an airtight container for up to 6 months, which means you can have your spice rub ready to go whenever you need it.

When it comes to storing the coffee rub, make sure you keep it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This will ensure that the flavors and aromas are preserved for as long as possible.

If you’ve made a big batch of this rub, it’s likely that you won’t use it all at once. If so, don’t worry. This rub stores incredibly well and can be used on a variety of meats or veggies. Simply sprinkle the rub on whatever you’re cooking and enjoy its smoky, sweet flavor.

When reheating dishes that have been seasoned with this coffee rub, there’s no need to go through a special process. The heat will help the spices and coffee flavor shine through even more.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you’re using this rub as part of a barbecue recipe, you should always keep a close eye on the grill’s temperature. The sugar in the rub can burn quickly if the temperature is too high.

Overall, this coffee and spice rub is not only delicious but also convenient and versatile. With its long shelf life and ability to enhance any recipe, it’s well worth making in bulk and having on hand for whenever you want to add some smoky sweetness to your meals.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Spice up your life, one cup of coffee at a time.”

To achieve the perfect coffee and spice rub recipe, here are some tips that you can follow.

Firstly, make sure that your coffee grounds are finely ground dark roast coffee. This will give your rub a smoky and sweet coffee flavor. You may choose to grind your own coffee or buy pre-ground coffee, just make sure that it is dark roast.

Secondly, do not overcrowd your meat with the rub. Only use enough to lightly coat the surface of the meat. Overcrowding the meat will cause it to become too salty or too spicy.

Thirdly, use kosher salt or sea salt in place of table salt. This will help bring out the flavors of the rub and maintain the juiciness of the meat.

Fourthly, experiment with different variations and substitutions of spices in the recipe. For example, you can try using chili powder instead of cayenne pepper if you prefer milder spice levels.

Fifthly, if you want a stronger coffee flavor in your rub, add instant coffee granules or espresso powder to the recipe.

Sixthly, let your meat sit with the rub overnight so that all the flavors can properly absorb into it.

Seventhly, if you’re unsure about what type of meat to use with your coffee and spice rub, consider trying it on tri-tip, brisket or ribeye steak for maximum flavor.

Lastly, if you don’t have all of the ingredients needed for this recipe, try purchasing a premade BBQ rub from Trader Joe’s or Peet’s Coffee. These premade rubs already contain some key ingredients such as cumin seeds and smoked paprika that are used in this recipe.


Now that you have all the information to make an incredible coffee and spice rub, it’s time to address some common questions that may come up. These questions may involve ingredient substitutions, the best methods for storing and reheating the rub, or other concerns that could impact the final dish’s overall taste and quality. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions so that you can achieve perfect results every time.

What is coffee rub made of?

When it comes to preparing a tasty meat dish, coffee rub can add a rich and flavorful kick to your recipe. To make your own coffee rub, you’ll need to gather some ground coffee, paprika, granulated garlic, minced onion, brown sugar, black pepper, and salt. Once you’ve got all of your ingredients, mix them in a bowl until they’re fully combined.

Next, prepare your meat by coating it with a layer of brown spicy mustard. This will help ensure that your rub sticks better, resulting in a more pronounced flavor. Once you’ve covered the meat in mustard, apply the coffee rub liberally and press down firmly to make sure it sticks. With these steps, your meat will be infused with a bold flavor that’s sure to impress.

Why do you rub coffee seasoning?

Creating a coffee rub for your meat doesn’t mean it will taste like coffee. In fact, the coffee will enhance the meat’s flavor, providing an extra burst of taste. Mixing a coffee rub with various spices and ingredients can give your meat a delicious blend of sweet, savory, or spicy flavors, regardless of what type of meat you’re working with.

Can you use coffee grounds as seasoning?

One interesting way to use coffee is to include it in your collection of spices instead of throwing it away. By combining ground coffee with salt and paprika, you can add a unique flavor to your meals. This mixture can be used to cover pork and make a delicious spice crust. Additionally, you can transform ordinary burgers into a gourmet meal by seasoning them with coffee and spices before grilling.

Does a coffee rub taste like coffee?

When using a coffee rub on steaks, the coffee flavor permeates the meat and enhances its taste, resulting in a richer and more flavorful steak.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the coffee and spice rub recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves coffee and BBQ. With its unique and irresistible smoky-sweet coffee flavor, it is sure to elevate your dishes to new heights. Whether you are grilling steaks or smoking brisket, this homemade coffee rub will give your meat a delicious crust that is sure to impress.

With its simple ingredients, easy-to-follow instructions, and endless variations, there’s no reason not to try making your own coffee rub at home. You can experiment with different types of coffee beans, spices, and sweeteners to create a personalized blend that suits your taste buds.

Don’t settle for store-bought rubs that leave you unsatisfied or lack the bold flavors you crave. Instead, join the trend of making your own coffee rub from scratch and achieve the ultimate BBQ experience. Trust me; once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to using boring old rubs again.

So why wait? Gather up the ingredients, sharpen your knives, fire up the grill or smoker, and get ready to indulge in the heavenly taste of coffee-crusted meats with every bite. Give it a shot; I’m confident you won’t regret it.

Coffee and Spice Rub

Coffee and Spice Rub Recipe

Ideal for grilling and barbecues. Can be used on meat, or meaty fish such as tuna. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Calories 14.3 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon espresso beans
  • 2 teaspoons chili flakes
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds


  • Heat a heavy based frying pan or skillet and add the espresso beans. Toast it for about 10-15 seconds before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  • Shake everything together and leave to toast for approximately 1 minute, until the mixture begins to release a strong aroma.
  • Pour into a blender and grind to a coarse powder.

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Serving: 4gCalories: 14.3kcalCarbohydrates: 2.2gProtein: 0.6gFat: 0.8gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 20.3mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 0.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy
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