5-Ingredient Coffee Dry Rub

Creating your own dry rub is a quick and easy way to elevate your skills in the kitchen. Store-bought rubs tend to rely too heavily on salt, and can fall flat when it comes to producing subtle flavors. The key to making your own dry rub is to not weight the flavor to one ingredient. This recipe has a bit of everything: the bitterness of the coffee, the kick of the chile powder and cayenne, the simple sweetness of the brown sugar, and a bit of salt to complete the full-flavor spectrum.

This particular combo works great with steak but, in my opinion, is exceptional on pork loin and chops.

Yield: Enough for approximately 3 pounds of meat

What You’ll Need

  • 1/4 cup finely ground coffee (espresso or dark roast)
  • 1/4 cup ancho chile powder
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt

What to Do:

1. Combine ingredients.

2. Brush meat with a layer of extra-virgin olive oil.

3. Coat with dry rub.

4. In a frying pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter.

5. In melted butter, sear meat on all sides.

6. Grill, bake, or broil meat.

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