Grilled Steak with Spicy Coffee Rub

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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While in Boise, Idaho we visited a restaurant called Diablo and Sons.  I ordered a steak, and it was cooked to perfection. The steak had a coffee rub, and I am hooked.  I usually make a double batch, so I have some on hand. Try this rub next time you grill!


  • ½ cup ground coffee
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 tsp.  garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
  • 4 steaks of your choosing, allow to come to room temp. (We like Ribeye)


  1. Put all ingredients, besides the steak, in a bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Once your steak is at room temperature, season both sides of the steak with the coffee rub.
  3. For a nice medium rare steak, Heat your grill to a high.  Grill the steaks until golden brown and slightly charred, about 4 minutes per side.
  4. Allow steak to rest a few minutes prior to serving.
Coffee Rub

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