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WHAT'S THE RUB? A Robust Combination of Coffee and Chili That Will Make Your Grill Steaks Sizzle With Flavor.

Updated on August 19, 2012
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Graham is a former chef, and food stylist with a passion for all things food-related. She has also never been known to decline dessert.

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Dry marinades cling better to the surface of meats and help brown them creating a seared coat. A crust is formed and seals the juices inside. Applying a dry blend of herbs and spices onto meats imparts a significant amount of flavor.

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 cup ground espresso powder, (finely ground coffee works well, also)
  • 2 (heaping)Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • steaks
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Combine all the dried ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Preheat grill to 500 degrees.
  3. Brush steaks with olive oil and then season them with salt and pepper.
  4. Season steaks with the rub -liberally. Be sure that you season the edges of the steaks, as well.
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If your grill is able, crank it up to a scorching 500 degrees. When it has reached temperature, place steaks on and close the lid. Within a few minutes, your steaks should sear nicely and a dark crust will have formed on the outside. Gently flip steaks and allow the other side to sear.

When your grill is set at such a high temperature, the crust that is formed locks in the steaks juices. If you prefer medium to well done steaks, I recommend that you create the crust and then turn your grill heat down so as not to burn the steaks.

When your steaks are done, allow them to rest on a plate before cutting them. If you cut into them without the needed time to rest, the juices will not have redistributed and they ill flow out onto your cutting board.

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GrillPro 11391 Stainless Steel Thermometer with Bezel
GrillPro 11391 Stainless Steel Thermometer with Bezel

Nothing fancy, but a thermometer is a good tool to have handy.

 
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Stainless Steel locking Metal grill salad server TONGS - Kitchen Utensil 11.5" Long

Tongs are great for working your grill. Try not to use a grill fork which only pokes your steak and let's the juices escape. Long tongs will, obviously, work best.

 
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GrillPro 00150 Cast Iron Smoker Box

Add another layer of flavor buying using a smoke box. With a variety of smoke chips on the market, you can add mild flavor to steaks or fish.

 
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Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter

If you prefer to grill using charcoal, using a chimney can help get the coals super hot and it'll save you time because it works fast.

 

JAMAICAN JERK RUB

  • 4 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

MEXICAN CHILI RUB

  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

TANDOORI RUB

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste

One last suggestion: I have also simply seasoned my steaks with salt, pepper and crushed coffee. I put the coffee beans in my spice grinder and then rub onto the steaks just as I would for any of the other rubs. Give it a try. I think you'll be surprised at how good it is.

HAPPY GRILLING! (and thanks for watching my goofing first video)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very clever title to this hub...it was the title that brought me here...loved the video by the way, and we will be trying this rub of yours. Great job!

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      Hi billybuc, thanks for the compliment. The title is one of the most difficult parts of Hub writing for me, so I am so pleased that this one captured your attention! As for the video - you are too kind. I figured that I would give it my best shot. I don't have any proper equipment, but I learned that trick when I first began cooking from a very good chef I worked for. Enjoy the day. Best Regards,

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      The coffee rub is going on my next steaks. Thanks for the idea.

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      My pleasure! Enjoy...

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting rubs! Never tried using coffe in rubs, so this should be interesting.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Bookmarked.

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      rajan jolly, my dad is a rather finicky eater and when I grilled him a steak using a coffee rub, he loved it. It helps to create a great outer crust and keep the juices in. I hope you try it some time. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Best Regards,

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