Rubbed with finely ground coffee and a bit of cocoa powder, these
Espresso Rubbed Ribeye Steaks are mouth-wateringly delicious!
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The first morning in Italy, we started the day with two coffees at our hotel. Then we quickly learned that we could order cappuccinos…err, cappuccini…for breakfast. I’m pretty sure I drank my weight in cappuccini over the next several weeks. My wife and I have been lucky enough to take several trips to Europe in recent years, and every time we come back in awe of the delicious cappuccini. Sure, I could drive over to Starbucks and order a cappuccino every morning. But I don’t. We finally bit the bullet a couple of weeks ago and order one of those super-automatic coffee machines. The kind that grinds the beans for each cup. And yes, the kind that can make a cappuccino with just a single touch. Needless to say, I’ve been well caffeinated lately.
Espresso Rubbed Ribeye Steaks
But espresso ground coffee is good for more than just delicious cuppuccini. In fact, coffee makes for a great steak rub. Yup, the coffee and cocoa in the spice rub really complement the richness of grilled steak. Trust me here. I know it sounds a bit odd, but it totally works! The coffee and cocoa flavors aren’t particularly noticeable in the finished steak. Instead, the flavors meld together to produce a tasty, seasoned steak. And for dessert? Perhaps a slice of this Cappuccino Cheesecake is in order!
If you have the ability to grind espresso beans at home, then just grind the beans until they are very fine. Alternatively, espresso powder [aff. link] is a great choice when it comes to steak rubs…and espresso powder is great for baking, too!
Did you make these Espresso Rubbed Ribeye Steaks at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Espresso Rubbed Ribeye Steaks
For the Espresso Rub
For the Rib-Eyes
- 4 boneless rib-eye steaks each one approximately 1 1/4” to 1 ½” thick
- grapeseed or canola oil
- Combine all of the ingredients for the Espresso Rub in a small bowl; mix together until well combined.
- Brush one side of each rib-eye with grapeseed or canola oil. Rub approximately 1/4 of the Espresso Rub into the oiled side of each rib-eye.
- Cover lightly and let sit at room temperature for 45-60 minutes.
- Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high heat.
- Place steaks on grill rub side down. Close cover and grill for 2 minutes.
- Flip steaks, close cover and grill for 2 more minutes.
- Turn the grill off completely and let the steaks roast for 5-8 more minutes, depending on thickness of steaks and personal preference. (Note: Try not to open the grill too often during this stage as it will cause the grill to cool off too quickly.)
- Remove steaks from grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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