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Easy Coffee Grounds Meat Rub Recipe

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Grilling is an art form. Indeed, the art of cooking with smoke and fire over a wild flame and red-hot burning ambers is not only incredibly primitive but therapeutic.

Grilling meat, though, is not just throwing pieces of meat over the fire, you must know what you’re doing, and that means you need a few aces up your sleeve.

The single most reliable way of making sure your steaks are flavorful is either marinating the meat or using a dry rub. Since dry rubs are much more fun than marinades, we’re focusing on this method — you’ll absolutely love the results.

A dry rub is a blend of spices you rub on meat before smoking or grilling it. In fact, you can make dry rubs with literally any spice on your cupboard. Well, listen to this, the tastiest dry rub I’ve found uses ground coffee.

Finely ground coffee taints the meat with a nice golden-brown color. Moreover, it gives it a pleasant bitterness and gives it texture too. 

Don’t worry, ground coffee is totally safe to eat in moderation; it’s even healthy. So rub that meat with your favorite coffee dry rub fearlessly! So, check out this easy coffee grounds meat rub recipe!

Easy Coffee Grounds Meat Rub Recipe-2

What you’ll need

Although coffee alone can give a lovely personality to the meat, you want to complement it with a wide variety of spices and aromatics. In fact, the dry rub described below is the one that I use, and I love it. But, feel free to add or subtract spices to your liking.

Firstly, you’ll need finely ground coffee beans. Of course, make sure they’re fresh. Also, you’ll need brown sugar — actually, this is the most abundant ingredient in the dry rub mix. No, it won’t make your meat taste sweet but will add a fantastic caramelized crust.

Salt and black pepper are a must, and then you can use anything else. Namely, I use onion and garlic powder as well as cayenne pepper for a touch of heat.

If you want the dry rub to be spicier, add chili flakes or a few dashes of spicy sauce. In case you want it more aromatic, then add dried herbs like oregano, dill or parsley. Obviously, the sky’s the limit here.

The secret here is being generous with your dry rub. Also, don’t forget to rub the sides of the steaks. After a nice rub, grill the meat like you usually do. Finally, that’s a nice barbecue right there!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy77 cal




In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.


Eliminate any lumps, store the dry rub in a jar and keep it in a dry place.


Use on your favorite ribs, burgers, steaks, veggies, or poultry.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories77
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat0.6 g78 g0.77%
  • Saturated Fat0.1 g20 g0.5%
  • Sodium3496 mg2300 mg152%
  • Total Carbohydrate18.2 g275 g6.62%
  • Dietary Fiber2.2 g28 g7.86%
  • Total Sugars11.3 g
  • Protein1.8 g50 g3.6%
  • Calcium44 mg1300 mg3.38%
  • Iron1 mg18 mg5.56%
  • Potassium189 mg4700 mg4.02%
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