This is a cowboy steak rub recipe mix that you will not believe. It’s a delicious steak rub that combines sweet, smoky and spicy flavors with a hint of coffee – yep, it totally has coffee in it! And, it’s so tasty!
Mr. Juggling Act and the kids love a good grilled steak! And who can blame them? I created a dry rub that they all agree make the steaks taste bold, sweet and smoky. There is just enough acid from the coffee to break down the steak and help it be a bit more tender.
I make a lot of my own spice blends, like this Montreal Seasoning Mix. I created this Cowboy Steak Rub Recipe one day when I was putting together all my favorite spices. The Paprika and Cumin add a smoky undertone, the Cayenne Pepper and Chili Powder add the kick. Then added some brown sugar because when it cooks on the steak it caramelizes.
You can add less sugar if you are trying to cut down. Then I discovered that the Coriander and Mustard round out the rub with brighter flavors. The only spice I didn’t add that I thought about adding later, is garlic. But with all the other spices I didn’t think it needed it. You can try putting some garlic powder in and see what you think.
Why is Coffee Good on Steak?
Some people have been known to soak their steak in coffee before grilling it. This makes the steak more tender and gives it a deeper flavor profile. The coffee grounds in my rub are another option if you don’t want to soak your steak. Coffee is acidic. It is those acidic tones that pair well with the savory notes of red meat.
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For this rub recipe, you’ll need just a handful of spices. And I bet you have most of them on hand already.
- Chili Powder
- Ground Coffee
- Brown Sugar
- Salt – I use this.
- Dry Mustard
- Black Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
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- Large Mason Jar
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DIY Spice Mix Gifts
I make the Cowboy Steak Rub in big batches and package it in small jars for friends and family during the holidays especially. Last month when I was out in CA to visit my sister for her bridal shower, she told me how my she and my now brother-in-law were enjoying this mixture. But it was almost gone and she needed the recipe ASAP to make more!
How To Use The Cowboy Steak Rub Recipe
Just because it is steak rub doesn’t mean you have to only use it on steak. This rub tastes amazing on grilled chicken breasts, chicken wings, and pork chops. Try rubbing pork loin with the homemade rub and add a little bit of water to a slow cooker for the most amazing dinner. Give this Petite Sirloin with our Cowboy Steak Rub a try – it’s truly so good!
Other Ideas For the Spice Mix
Beyond using this rub on meats, you can also use this spice mix with some lemon juice and olive oil for a flavorful marinade or salad dressing. You can also choose to remove the brown sugar for a keto-friendly rub!
Tasty Rubs & Marinades
Here are more homemade rubs and marinades for your next meal.
- Homemade Turkey Rub Recipe – Savory Experiments – This is a simple recipe with ingredients that are easy to remember. Save it for eating Turkey all year round.
- Homemade Mustard Dry Rub Recipe – Thrifty Jinxy – The parsley in this dry rub gives it pops of color and a sweet flavor.
- Carne Asada Marinade – This Mama Cooks – The cloves and cilantro make this marinade stand out from among the rest.
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Cowboy Steak Rub Recipe
This definitely makes enough to give as gifts. Once your friends and family taste this rub they will want some for their own pantry!
If you give this a try and love it, please give it 5 stars!
Cowboy Spice Mix
- 3/4 cup chili powder
- 1/4 cup ground coffee
- 1/4 cup paprika
- 1/4 cup ground cumin
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and whisk gently to combine. Package the mixture in an airtight container until ready to use.