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Make the most delicious chili and coffee crusted steak with this simple yet flavorful Ancho Chili and Espresso Rub. This coffee rub is kicked up a notch with the addition of smoky ancho chili powder and has a subtle sweetness from the addition or cocoa powder. The rub is rounded out with dehydrated onion, garlic powder, and a hint of cinnamon and cumin to hit those southwest notes.
Making the Coffee-Chili BBQ Rub
This is one of our favorite steak rubs and it is super easy to make. Simply mix the spices together to combine. Next place in an airtight jar and use whenever you want to cook some bad ass steaks. The Ancho Espresso Steak Rub recipe should provide enough steak rub for 2-4 coffee crusted ribeye steaks depending on the size of the steaks and how generously you like your steaks seasoned. Unused steak rub will last for 6-8 months if kept in a cool dry place.
What are Ancho Chilis?
Ancho chilis are ripened poblano chilis. These red poblanos are then picked and dried. Ancho chilis are very popular in Mexican and Tex-Mex cooking. We use them in a number of our favorite recipes like our Trompo Al Pastor Tacos on Your Grill and Beer Braised Beef Cheek Barbacoa.
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- Sous Vide Florentine Style Porterhouse
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Using the Ancho Espresso Steak Rub
This rub works great for all cuts of beef like some of our favorite steaks from Porter Road, but really shines when used with flavorful steak cuts like ribeye. Generously season both sides of the steak to get a nice crust. The rub is not overly salty or spicy, so it is hard to overdo it. The perfect crust formed on the outside of the steaks in out of this world. More the ultimate steak, finish it off with some Bone Marrow Compound Butter. Looking for a rub with a little less spice? Try our Chicago Style Steak Rub.
For you coffee lovers out there, be sure to check out our Banoffee Pie and Whipped Irish Coffee: Irish Dalgona.
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Ancho-Espresso Steak Rub
- 1 Tablespoon Ancho Chili Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Turbinado Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Espresso Powder
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Dehydrated Onion
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Cocoa Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Cumin
- ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in an airtight jar. Use within 6 months.
Tried this rub on some strip steaks over the weekend and will definitely use it again. It is a very well balanced rub and gives a good Char on the outside of the steak.
Thanks so much for sharing. So glad you enjoyed it!
This rub was incredible! My family loved it. Definitely going on the regular rotation!
So much flavor! I wasn't too sure about the espresso powder, especially seeing as I would be serving it to kids, but it was amazing!
This steak rub was so unbelievably flavorful!! Love all of the spices you added to it!
I never would have thought of using espresso powder in a steak rub but this is incredible. Thank you so much!
I've got all of the ingredients for this rub so I'm excited to try it this weekend on the barbecue!