Spice up your Memorial Day menu with this smoky, sweet and spicy steak rub.  It will add a ton of flavor to your streaks without overwhelming a good cut of meat.  Have everyone try to guess your secret ingredient – most people won’t be able to identify the coffee. 


I like to use this rub on flat iron steaks, cooked medium-rare, sliced against the grain and topped with an Israeli-style chopped salad (chopped seedless cucumber, chopped tomato, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and dried oregano).  Use it on your favorite cut of meat and serve it with any chopped salad or slaw for a cooling contrast.


Coffee & Chili Steak Rub


2 tsp. finely ground coffee

1 ½ tsp. chipotle chili powder (or 2 tsp. ancho chili powder)

1 tsp. light brown sugar

½ tsp. ground coriander

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper


Mix all ingredients in a small bowl or plastic bag.  Pat steaks with paper towel to absorb any moisture.  Rub spice mixture onto both sides of the steaks and let it sit for about 15 minutes before grilling.  Sear the steak on high heat for the first few minutes so to form a spice crust and cook to desired temperature. 


Makes enough spice rub for 4 servings of steak