Espresso Steak Rub

Espresso Steak Rub

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 3 min
  • Total: 8 min
  • Serving: Rub for 2 1-inch steak

It may seem peculiar to add ground coffee, espresso in particular, to a dry steak rub but it actually brings out the natural flavor of the meat and gives it a rich burst of flavor that is sure to be remembered.


  • 1/2 cup ancho or chile powder
  • 1/4 cup finely ground espresso coffee
  • 4 tablespoons hot or sweet smoked Spanish paprika
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry yellow mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon powdered ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle chile powder


  1. Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well to combine.
  2. Rub the spice mixture on both sides of your steak and then let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to cooking.


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