Once upon a time I tried to be a vegetarian of sorts. You know how some vegetarians eat seafood, well I would eat chicken and turkey. I was one of those unhealthy vegetarians, I ate a ton of junk but hey I was 18. My life as a vegetarian ended abruptly in 1999 after I became pregnant with my oldest son. To this day I can remember wanting a steak slathered in A-1 and as luck would have it I got my steak at a BBQ that evening. After that evening I was no longer a vegetarian and today a good steak is one of my favorite things to eat. I have been lucky to have been able to eat some of the best steaks out there. While living in El Paso we had several steakhouses to choose from including Cattleman’s Steak House in Fabens, TX. It is a must stop if you are ever in the area. Wagon tours around movie sets, a children’s zoo, a rattlesnake pit and more. There is just so much to do there and their steaks are awesome! They have been voted best and even featured on Travel network best of shows. Leaving Cattleman’s and other great steakhouses in Texas was pretty sad for my family. Where would we now go for a good steak? We are still looking for the perfect steakhouse in the Fort Bragg area but while on a mini vacation to Myrtle Beach we discovered an awesome restaurant with beautiful food. My steak was the closest to any steak I had in El Paso too. Plus it had a beautiful coffee rub.
At first I was unsure about a coffee rub steak. I do not like coffee. I know what you are thinking but, no, there is nothing wrong with me. I just don’t care for coffee. My husband talked me into to it and I was happy he did! The coffee rub was the perfect compliment to the steak. Plus it didn’t taste like coffee. My husband tried my steak and he loved it also. I instantly knew what I had to do next, I needed to recreate that coffee rub. So I did and it turned into something really beautiful. Although going out and having someone else cook for me is nice since we have yet to find the perfect steakhouse I don’t mind staying in and making this coffee rub steak. My kids request it on a regular basis too and get mad if I make it when they go away to their grandparent’s for the weekend. I guess I would be too, it really is that good!
Making a Coffee Rub Steak is pretty simple. You start with a good quality coffee. Yes, you could use something like Folgers but your steak will taste much better when made with a good quality coffee. We like nice dark roasts. You combine the coffee with your other spices to create your rub seasoning mix.
Next you add it to your steak. We have used rib eyes and NY strips but any nicely marbled steak will work. You can add as much or as little as you would like. I use a heavy hand to help ensure a nice crust.
Now all that is left to do is cook your steak your favorite way and to your desired doneness. I have cooked our steaks both on the grill, heavy bottom skillet as well as our electric skillet with good results.When done cooking just remember to allow your steak to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
We serve with baked sweet potatoes and other favorite vegetables such as asparagus.
Have you tried coffee rub steak? What did you think? What is your favorite way to make steak?
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Ground Coffee
- 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Chilli Powder
- 1 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Transfer to an airtight container. Coffee rub can be made 1 month ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
- To use sprinkle desired amount on steak and cook using desired method to desired doneness.
- Allow steaks to rest 10 minutes before serving.