BBQ Coffee Dry Rub
This sweet and spicy BBQ coffee dry rub is wonderful on steaks, pork, brisket and ribs. I found the recipe a long time ago on Intentional Hospitality and it’s a keeper. I love that this dry rub it’s super easy to throw together, uses pantry spices & ingredients and is SO much less expensive than store bought versions. You can make big batches of this BBQ coffee dry rub and store it in airtight containers for a few months and it also makes wonderful hostess gifts.
How to Make BBQ Coffee Dry Rub
Combine the finely ground coffee, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, black pepper, coarse kosher salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne powder, and cocoa powder together; whisk until well blended. Store in airtight containers for up to 6 months.
- 2 tbsp finely ground coffee
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp coarse kosher salt
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- ½ tbsp paprika
- ½ tbsp freshly cracked black pepper
- ½ tbsp onion powder
- ½ tbsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper, more if you want it extra spicy
- ½ tsp cocoa powder
- Combine the finely ground coffee, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, black pepper, coarse kosher salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne powder and cocoa powder together; whisk until well blended. Store in airtight containers for up to 6 months.
This is truly a unique blend of ingredients for a rub and one that I would dismiss had we not had a coffee rubbed beef tenderloin roast several years ago and really enjoyed.
Can you put all your spices in a high speed blender and blend them that way?
I’m not sure if that would work. Using a mortar and pestle would work if you don’t have a grinder.
I bet the addition of coffee makes for a very flavorable rub.
Unique and very grateful for this recipe . Thank you endlessly ?
I love to rub all my meat with coffee rubs!
I just saw this recipe. I roast coffee fresh times a week I am going to have to this rub with different origins of coffees. Yum!!!
Excellent rub. Made my first smoked Tri-Tip a huge success!
I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know. Congrats on the tasty tri-tip.
Can this rub be used on turkey legs? Thank you. GinnieVee.
I’ve never tried it on turkey so I’m not sure how it would turn out but I assume it’d be tasty. Please let me know if you give it a try.
Pam thanks for the recipe. I will be making this with different types of fresh roasted coffee origins. Just curious what kind of coffee do you use.
To be honest, I switch out my coffee beans with new types all of the time so I’m not sure which one this was. We only use medium roast and never have sweet flavors. I hope this helps.
Do I brew the coffee or not for the rub ingredients?
No, you don’t brew it. You combine the finely ground coffee with rhe other seasonings.