Despite what these recent cold snaps say, warmer weather is around the corner. Soon, grilling season will be upon us, and we have a savory way to blend your love of grilling with your love of coffee. Ever thought about using a coffee rub for your steaks?
Adding a little ground coffee to your dry rubs, or even brewed coffee to your marinades, will give your steak a slightly bitter taste that can be harmonious in a barbecue rub or sauce. The tiny jolt from the caffeine is a little perk as well.
The recipe below comes courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and it sounds joltingly delicious, not to mention very simple. While the recipe does call for sauteing the steak in a pan, this rub can be used with a grill too.
Coffee Rubbed Steak
Yield: 2 servings
- 1 tablespoon ground espresso coffee
- ½ tablespoon onion powder
- ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ tablespoon brown sugar
- ¾ pound grass-fed strip steak, fat removed (about ¾-inch thick)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1. Mix coffee with onion powder, paprika, salt, chili powder and brown sugar. Spread on both sides of the steak, pressing the spice on.
2. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the steak and saute 5 minutes, watching to make sure the spices do not burn. Turn the steak over and cook another 5 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 125 degrees for medium-rare and 145 degrees for medium.
3. Remove meat to a cutting board and pour pan juices over the steak. Let rest while finishing the potatoes. Slice and serve. Serve tomatoes on the side.
Try adding coffee in your favorite rubs and marinades this grilling season!