Californian Coffee Rub T-bone Steak

Looking for something different to do with my monster T-bone steaks, I came across this recipe for a Californian-style, coffee-based rub for beef.

I was very skeptical at first, but this easy recipe proofed to be just what I was looking for.


These ingredients would be enough for 4 large steaks:

  • 2 Tbsp finely ground coffee
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Maldon salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
  • 1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Some soy sauce to cover the steaks
  • Steaks


Mix all the ingredients, except for the meat and the soy sauce, well together in a small bowl.

The ingredients for the coffee rub

Cover the steak with soy sauce either by using a brush or by putting some soy sauce in a plate and dipping the steak in the sauce.

Rub generously with the mixture.

The rub applied

Seal the steaks on hot coals and then cook further on medium coals until the steaks are medium to rare.

Monster T-bones being grilled

We enjoyed this with a grilled vegetable salad, some potatoes and a nice bottle of Kreatuur from De Kleine Wijn Koöp.

Medium to rare

I’m adding this recipe to my Back to Basics page.

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