When creating a rub, most people wouldn’t think of adding coffee to the mix. But the acidity levels of coffee replicate tannins in wine, which allow amplification of flavors. But it doesn't stop there. Coffee rub on meat can also act as a tenderizer, making it softer and enhancing the moisture by creating a sealed crust of flavor. Giving your bbq a massage of spices that are a little bit smoky, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot of rock ‘n roll is nothing short of yummy, and it results in an awesome dinner! Here are a few recipes that will make you a believer.
COFFEE RUBBED STEAK
Kick it up a notch with this coffee rubbed steak. A simple and elegant way to prepare any steak, the coffee rub is easy to make with only 8 ingredients.
- 1 lb grass-fed skirt, flank or flat iron steak
- 1 Tayst Compostable Pod, we recommend the Bold & Brilliant here
- 2 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground chipotle pepper
Combine all seasoning ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Generously sprinkle the steak all over on both sides with the coffee spice rub and gently massage it in. Let steak stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a grill for direct cooking over high heat.
Cook steak directly over the flame, flipping halfway through cooking, until well browned. This is about 3 minutes per side to cook a thin skirt steak medium-rare. Adjust cooking time accordingly depending on the thickness of your steak and desired doneness. Transfer steak to a carving board and let rest for at least 5 minutes. Slice the steak across the grain and serve.
MOCHA GRILLED CHICKEN
This BBQ chicken recipe uses a unique dry rub that mixes coffee grounds and cocoa powder. It makes for a smokey BBQ flavor.
- 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin ground
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 Tayst Compostable Bold & Brazen Coffee Pod
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
Add all of the rub ingredients into a resealable bag or a bowl and mix all the ingredients together.Add the chicken breasts and press to coat. Let sit for at least an hour. Then preheat and oil the grill, add the chicken and grill on medium heat for 9-12 minutes per side, or until juices run clear.
COFFEE RUBBED TURKEY BURGERS:
These turkey burgers have earthy spices, ground coffee, and a hint of cocoa. They’re healthy, delicious, and easy to cook up for dinner any night of the week.
- 1 pound lean ground turkey, divided equally 4 ways and formed into patties
- 1 Tayst Compostable Medium & Magnificent Coffee Pod
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, finely ground
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
In a spice grinder, food processor, or using a mortar & pestle, combine all of the spices. (If you don’t have any of those tools, place the spices into a zip-top plastic bag and close the top. Use a rolling pin to crush and blend the spices together. Liberally apply the seasoning blend to both sides of each patty. Rub the spices in so that it will form a nice crust when you cook it. Then cook the burger over high heat on a grill, using proper food safety practices by cooking them until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 163 degrees for optimal safety.
COFFEE RUBBED GRILLED SALMON
Coffee adds a wonderful richness and earthy flavor that melds well with the smokiness picked up from the grill and is countered nicely by the sweet of the brown sugar in this delicious salmon recipe.
- 4 salmon filets
- Salt to coat the filets
- 1 Tayst Compostable Medium & Heroic Coffee Pod
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp white pepper
First, preheat the grill on high. Next coat the salmon filets with coarse salt. Then combine the rest of the ingredients other than the salt and salmon and sprinkle on the salmon and make sure to get the sides! Place the salmon on the grill skin side down and close the lid for 10 minutes. Plate, serve & enjoy!
COFFEE RUBBED PORK ROAST
If you're an apartment dweller without a BBQ like me, we have you covered too! This coffee rubbed pork roast is cooked in a slow cooker for an extra tender texture and has a dip, rich, flavor thanks to a coffee spice rub.
- 3.5 lbs. Boston Butt or Pork Shoulder
- 1 Tayst Compostable Defiantly Decaf Coffee Pod
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 Tbsp salt
- 15-20 cranks cracked black pepper
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
First combine the coffee grounds, brown sugar, cayenne, salt, black pepper, garlic, and smoked paprika in a bowl. Then Pat the mixed dry rub on all sides of the pork roast. It is okay if some falls. off. Place the pork roast in a slow cooker. Scoop up any of the rub that fell off and toss it in the slow cooker as well. Secure the lid, turn the heat on to low, and let cook for 8 hours. After 8 hours, the pork should be tender and should shred easily with a fork. Carefully lift the roast out of the slow cooker and transfer to a serving platter. Enjoy!
The single most important ingredient of all of these recipes is high quality, fresh roasted, and freshly ground coffee beans. Tayst coffee is roasted fresh and sent to your door in 100% compostable pods that provide rich nutrients back into the planet... and so goes the circle of life.