Easy Coffee Rub Recipe

Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak

By: Linda Bonwill - World Class Cooking

This is a fan-submitted recipe. It was not made in the kitchens of the Door County Coffee Cafe.

There are many benefits to using ground coffee in your dry rub. Coffee rub on meat acts as a tenderizer. It creates a crust, sealing moisture and enhancing flavor, and making your meat easy to slice and eat. By pairing the perfect ingredients with your ground coffee, you can make a delicious rub for any meat, whether it's beef, pork or even chicken.

Here is a recipe to get you started. I used a flank steak. It is an inexpensive cut of steak to buy. It is a very versatile cut of beef. It is about 12 inch long and 1 inch thick. It grills up within a few minutes, which is perfect for a quick meal.



Featured Ingredient: Black and Tan Coffee 10 oz. Bag Ground

  • 1/2 cup dark roast coffee, ground & fresh
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 2 TBSP cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cloves, ground
  • 1 flank steak


  1. Place all ingredients (except the meat) into a medium size food processor. Blend for approx. 2 mins.
  2. Season your meat with salt. Place your meat on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle half the rub on one side of the meat, covering all areas. Press the rub into the meat to adhere. Flip the meat over and sprinkle the remaining rub. Repeat process. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use
  3. Remove from refrigerator and bring to room temperature (approx. 1 hours). Turn on the grill and heat on medium/high.
  4. Place the meat on the grill and sear for approx. 4 mins on each side. If you like your meat a little more done, sear for 5 mins per side. Remove from the grill and let the meat rest on a cutting board for at least 5 mins. (This will allow the juices to stay inside the meat and not run out, keeping your meat moist).
  5. Slice (shave) meat very thin with a sharp knife.

Note: This recipe yields 1 cup of rub. If you like your food spicier you may add more cayenne pepper.