Mouth-Watering Cowboy Steak Recipe to Satisfy your Cravings

Ahoy, y’all! I’ve got a recipe that will make your taste buds do the two-step. Introducing my Cowboy Steak with Coffee and Ancho Rub Recipe! This dish is a tongue-twisting, carnivore-conquering concoction that puts the “yeehaw” in your dinner. Trust me; once you take a bite of this juicy, coffee-infused cowboy steak, you won’t be able to resist hollering “giddy-up!”

This recipe is sure to impress any guest at your next barbecue or dinner party. With every bite, they’ll be asking how you managed to create such a sophisticated flavor profile. The answer is simple: it’s all thanks to my signature dry rub consisting of ancho chili powder, finely ground espresso coffee, brown sugar, dry mustard and other spices that adds a smoky and slightly sweet flavor to your steak.

Cowboy steaks are already quite the show-stopper with their frenched bone and marbling. But adding coffee and ancho chile rubs turn them into a feast for both the eyes and stomachs. You see, the rich flavor of espresso coffee pairs perfectly with the deep earthiness of dried ancho chilies. It’s a match made in culinary heaven, darlin’.

I promise y’all, after trying this Cowboy Steak with Coffee and Ancho Rub Recipe once, it’ll become your new go-to when you’re craving something savory and delicious. So pull up a chair and prepare yourself for one heck of a meal!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cowboy Steak With Coffee and Ancho Rub
Cowboy Steak With Coffee and Ancho Rub

Folks, let me tell you something: If you’re a fan of cowboys and coffee, then I’ve got the perfect recipe for you. This Cowboy Steak with Coffee and Ancho Rub Recipe is a match made in heaven that will have your taste buds hollering “yeehaw!”

Firstly, let’s talk about the star of the show: The Cowboy Steak. This frenched bone ribeye steak is a dream come true. This cut of meat is perfect for any cowboy out there who loves bold flavors and a good ole’ fashioned hearty meal. It’s rich, meaty, and everything that you could ever want in a steak.

Now, if that wasn’t enough, let’s add some coffee to the mix. That’s right; we’re adding espresso coffee to this recipe! The finely ground espresso coffee mixed into the ancho rub creates a depth of flavor that pairs perfectly with smoky spices like ancho chilies and chili powder.

Oh, and don’t forget about the brown sugar! It adds just enough sweetness to balance out the heat from the ancho chilies. This rub blends sweet and savory flavors like nothing else you’ve ever tried.

So whether you’re looking to impress your friends or treat yourself to a good ole’ feast, this Cowboy Steak with Coffee and Ancho Rub recipe is truly exceptional. You’ll love how the flavors meld together to create something unforgettable.

Trust me; once you try it, you’ll never want to go back!

Ingredient List

 Saddle up for a flavor-packed ride with this coffee and ancho rubbed cowboy steak!
Saddle up for a flavor-packed ride with this coffee and ancho rubbed cowboy steak!

Cowboy Steak With Coffee and Ancho Rub Recipe – Ingredient List

Before we start cooking, let’s gather the necessary ingredients. Follow along to take note of everything you will need:
2 cowboy ribeye steaks (or any steak of your preference)
1 tablespoon finely ground espresso coffee
4 teaspoons ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper

Optional: If you’d like to add more heat, use 2 teaspoons of ancho chile powder instead of 1 teaspoon.

Now that you’ve got your ingredient list prepped, let’s get our hands on those steaks!

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect Sunday night dinner - juicy cowboy steak infused with the rich flavors of coffee and ancho.
The perfect Sunday night dinner – juicy cowboy steak infused with the rich flavors of coffee and ancho.

Grill or Broil the Cowboy Steak to Perfection

Are you ready for the main act? Let me show you how to grill or broil your cowboy steak with coffee and ancho rub to perfection. First off, let the steak sit out for about 30 minutes before cooking it. This will ensure that it cooks evenly. Preheat your grill or broiler to medium-high heat.

Prepare the Ancho and Coffee Rub

While waiting for the grill or broiler to heat up, let’s prepare our ancho and coffee rub. In a small bowl, mix together 1 1/2 tablespoons of finely ground espresso coffee, 1 tablespoon of ancho chili powder, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of dry mustard, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.

Season the Cowboy Steak with the Rub

Pat the cowboy steak dry with paper towels and generously sprinkle both sides of the steak with our ancho and coffee rub mixture. Gently press the rub into the meat to make sure it sticks nicely.

Grill or Broil the Steak

Place your seasoned cowboy ribeye steaks on your grill grates or a broiling pan. Sear each side for about 3-4 minutes each for medium-rare doneness. For rare, cook for around 2-3 minutes per side; for medium, cook for around 5-6 minutes per side; for well-done, cook for around 7-8 minutes per side.

Let it Rest Before Serving

Once your cowboy steaks are perfectly cooked, remove them from the grill or broiler and transfer them onto a cutting board. Cover them with aluminum foil and let them rest for at least five minutes to allow juiciness and flavor to develop.

Congratulations! You’ve just made a delicious backyard barbecue worthy coffee and ancho rubbed cowboy steak that is just bursting with flavors!

Substitutions and Variations

 Give your taste buds a wake-up call with this bold and spicy cowboy steak.
Give your taste buds a wake-up call with this bold and spicy cowboy steak.

Now for my friends who don’t like it too hot, don’t worry! The ancho rub in this cowboy steak recipe isn’t too spicy. But should you wish to give it more heat, toss in some extra chili powder and ground ancho chili – that should do the trick! Also, if you’d like to make the rub more complex, whisk in a couple teaspoons of freshly ground coffee beans to your spice mix. Trust me, it adds texture and complexity to your rub.

For those who are not fond of espresso coffee, you can substitute espresso with a good quality dark roast coffee. That’s what I did for my version of the recipe, and it works just as well. You can even try using air fryer-coffee if you have that on hand!

Ribeye steak is perfect for this cowboy steak recipe, but you could also use other cuts of beef such as strip steak or rib steak. For those who prefer boneless steaks, use a classic cowboy cut instead of frenched bone ribeye steak.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to switch up the cooking method! While I chose to grill my steak over medium-high heat for about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare doneness, you can try out a reverse sear method or even cook your cowboy steak in a cast-iron skillet to achieve similar results.

Remember: recipe food network might suggest one way of cooking things, but your kitchen is your stage to gently improvise and enjoy culinary creations.

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to rustle up some serious food envy with this drool-worthy cowboy steak.
Get ready to rustle up some serious food envy with this drool-worthy cowboy steak.

Now that you’ve created this delicious cowboy steak coffee ancho rub recipe, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it. This is a hearty dish with bold flavors, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when choosing the right sides and drinks.

When it comes to serving this cowboy steak, I like to let it stand for a couple of minutes before slicing into it. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, keeping it juicy and flavorful. And speaking of flavor, this steak pairs perfectly with roasted potatoes or crisp, steamed vegetables such as green beans or asparagus.

As for drinks, a full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon can complement the strong flavors in the dish nicely. If wine isn’t your thing, consider pairing your steak with a dark roast coffee or a smoky whiskey to enhance those delicious ancho rub flavors.

No matter how you decide to serve and pair this cowboy steak coffee ancho rub recipe, one thing’s for sure: it’s a crowd-pleaser. So get ready to impress your guests with a hearty, satisfying meal that’s sure to satisfy even the hungriest cowboys at the table.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Now that you’ve mastered the art of preparing this mouth-watering cowboy steak with coffee and ancho rub recipe, let’s talk about how to make it ahead of time, store it, and reheat it properly.

This recipe can be a bit time-consuming to prepare, so making it ahead of time is a great option for when you’re entertaining guests. You can prepare the dry rub mixture a day in advance and store it in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it. You can also season the steaks a few hours prior to cooking, which will help the flavors seep into the meat.

Once the cowboy ribeye steaks are cooked, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. It’s important to let them cool before placing them in the fridge to avoid any bacterial growth.

To reheat, preheat your oven to 325°F and place the steaks on a baking sheet. Cover them with foil and heat for about 10-15 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 125°F-130°F for medium-rare. Alternatively, you can also reheat them on the stovetop using medium-low heat in a covered skillet until they are warmed through.

If you have leftover rub mixture, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to six months. You can use it on other cuts of beef or even chicken or pork.

Remember that while this dish is best enjoyed hot off the grill, proper storage and reheating methods can ensure that its taste and texture remain just as delicious as when freshly cooked.

Tips for Perfect Results

If you’re looking for the best way to season your cowboy steak with coffee and ancho rub, I have some tips for you. As a coffee expert and barista, I know just how important it is to get the right balance of flavors in your coffee rub. Here are my top tips for achieving the perfect taste and texture for your steak:

1. Use freshly ground coffee and ancho chiles.

When making your dry rub, it’s essential to use freshly ground coffee beans and ancho chiles. This will ensure that the flavors are robust and not stale.

2. Apply the rub generously.

To achieve a flavorful crust on your steak, be sure to apply the rub generously all over the surface area of the meat. This will create a nice smoky flavor while also adding some texture to the exterior of the steak.

3. Season with salt first.

Before applying the dry rub, be sure to season your steaks with kosher salt first. This will help the flavors of the rub penetrate deeper into the meat while also balancing out any bitterness in the rub.

4. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

After applying the rub, let your steak sit for at least 30 minutes before cooking it. This will allow time for the flavors to infuse into the meat while also tenderizing it.

5. Grill over medium-high heat.

To achieve a perfectly cooked cowboy steak, grill it over medium-high heat until medium-rare or medium, depending on your preference. This will give you a juicy and tender steak while also allowing the flavors of the rub to caramelize on the outside.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a delicious cowboy steak with coffee and ancho rub that is sure to impress anyone who tries it. So go ahead and get creative with your ingredients and see what works best for you!


Now, let’s move on to the Frequently Asked Questions section. If something in the recipe seems unclear or you have a question before starting, check here to see if we’ve answered it for you. We’ve compiled a list of common questions to help you make the perfect Cowboy Steak With Coffee and Ancho Rub Recipe every time.

Why do you put coffee on steak?

Similar to how tannins in wine enhance its flavor, the acidity levels in coffee can also intensify its taste. Moreover, coffee can even serve as a meat tenderizer when used as a rub on steak, thanks to its ability to seal in moisture and create a flavorful outer layer.

Is coffee rub good for ribeye?

By using a special rub made of coffee and spices, you can elevate the taste of any meat you’re cooking, whether it’s beef, pork, or lamb. The coffee rub helps to create a tasty crust on the meat while also breaking down its fibers for a tender finish.

What is the best way to season a cowboy ribeye?

When it comes to cooking a cowboy ribeye, one should keep in mind its thickness and ability to accommodate a generous amount of seasoning. While some prefer to use a seasoned salt blend for a unique flavor, I usually stick to kosher salt and a generous amount of freshly cracked pepper to achieve a delicious crispy exterior.

How do you season a cowboy steak?

To get started, fire up the grill and set it to medium-high heat. Now, it’s time to give your steaks some love by seasoning them generously with salt and pepper. Once your grill is nice and hot, grill the steaks for roughly 4 minutes on each side for that perfect medium-rare cook. After cooking, allow the steak to rest for 5-10 minutes to lock in the flavors. Finally, it’s time to serve and savor the deliciousness!

What is the difference between a cowboy steak and a tomahawk steak?

When it comes to steak, there are different cuts that have varying bone length. One example is the cowboy steak, which has a short frenched bone, while the other is the tomahawk, which has a long frenched bone. The preferred cooking method for both steaks is grilling.

Bottom Line

Are you a meat lover looking for the ultimate cowboy steak recipe? Look no further than this coffee and ancho rub recipe.

Not only does this recipe incorporate rich and bold flavors like espresso coffee, ancho chilies, and brown sugar, but it also creates a perfectly seasoned and grilled steak. Plus, with the option to make substitutions and variations to fit your taste preferences, this recipe is easily adaptable to fit any occasion.

So why settle for a mediocre steak when you can impress your taste buds with a sensational coffee and ancho rubbed cowboy steak? Give this recipe a try and experience the ultimate culinary delight.

Cowboy Steak With Coffee and Ancho Rub

Cowboy Steak With Coffee and Ancho Rub Recipe

I found this recipe in an Eat Smart magazine
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southwestern
Calories 465.3 kcal


Coffee and Ancho Rub

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ancho chilies (or chili powder)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons espresso coffee, finely ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly grounded


  • 1 1/4 lbs top sirloin steaks


  • Coffee and Ancho Rub: Combine the ingredients well and rub into both sides of the steak.
  • Cook the steak 5 minutes per side, turning once, for medium rare or cook to your desired degree of doneness.
  • Allow the steak to sit for 5 minutes before slicing thinly.

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Serving: 144gCalories: 465.3kcalCarbohydrates: 0.7gProtein: 39.9gFat: 32.4gSaturated Fat: 12.6gCholesterol: 138.8mgSodium: 245.1mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.6g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Easy, Meat, Steak
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