Good Karma’s Not-Yet-Famous Steak Rub

grilling_steak_sOf course, you can always go out and buy a steak rub. They’re often called Cowboy Rubs. I hate that name. Don’t ask me why because I can’t give you a reason. You don’t have to be a damned cowboy to love good steak. Know what I mean?

You can make this rub and keep it in an airtight container, just like the one they sell you in the store for ridiculous amounts of money. This rub is excellent with Rib-Eye, Porterhouse, and Sirloin Strip Steaks. I’m giving you two versions of this rub. Take your pick!

One calls for dark roast coffee; the other for a medium roast. I’m not talking about Dunkin’ Donuts here. We’re also not talking about Gevalia, although the guy on the commercial would like to think we are.  I’m talking about Starbucks®. It doesn’t matter that I’m a Starbucks barista. I was a Starbucks coffee drinker long before I became a barista. They are serious about their coffee, and it’s seriously good. You also do not have to worry about buying an entire pound of coffee to make this. Starbucks will happily sell you a quarter pound. If you want Starbucks to grind it, ask for it to be ground on Turkish.

Now, mix ’em up and fire up that grill (or cast iron skillet)!

Ingredients, Rub No. 1

3/4 cup Starbucks dark roast coffee (Espresso, Gold Coast Blend, Italian Roast, or Sumatra), ground on “fine” in your coffee grinder

1 cup chili powder

1/3 cup paprika

3 tbsp ground coriander

1.5 tbsp ground cumin

2 tbsp ground dry mustard

1 tbsp fresh ground black pepper

1.5 tbsp Cayenne pepper

2 tbsp onion powder

3 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp ground Kosher salt

Mix ingredients together well and store in an airtight container.

Ingredients, Rub No. 2

3/4 cup Starbucks medium roast coffee (Antigua Guatemala, Organic Yukon Blend, House Blend, or Kenya), ground on “fine” in your coffee grinder

1/2 cup chili powder

1/2 cup lemon pepper (McCormick’s makes a good one)

2 tbsp dried oregano

3 tbsp dried lemon thyme

3 tbsp dried cilantro

1 tsp fresh ground rainbow pepper (black, white, red)

1 tbsp pink Himalayan salt

2 tbsp ground dry mustard

2 tbsp garlic powder

2 tbsp onion powder

Mix ingredients together well and store in an airtight container.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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