Guest Post: Coffee Flavored Seasoning for the Grill

Grilling is an art form, as is coffee making. This is why the combination of grilled meat and coffee flavored seasoning has the effect of making anyone stop and enjoy the moment- even if they’re not one for coffee.

The coffee-flavored seasoning aids your taste buds in exploring the sensations of meat coated in it, and it feels somewhat like a rollercoaster ride. The complete play of smoke, meat, spices, and coffee is one for the books and ensures that anyone who tries this seasoning will be firmly in the “yes” column, praising it for days to come.

Here are some intriguing recipes you can try out next time you’re grilling:

  1. Pork Chop Dry Coffee Rub

Weekend Coffee

What you will need:

  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons of ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 3 medium-sized pork-chops, preferably with the bone still in
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • A pinch of ground coriander
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • A pinch of garlic powder
  • A pinch of onion powder

Making the magic happen:

While you’re preheating the grill, mix all the ingredients together (apart from the pork chops, of course). Stir them until they’re a seamless bland.

Once you’ve got a unified bland, generously coat both sides of the pork chops with the rub. Grill all sides of the pork chop for 5 to 7 minutes, using medium heat.

Let the pork chops rest in some aluminum foil before serving. This is optional, but they should have at least 10 minutes to really get to the taste you want.

Note: Recipe created by Chris Lilly, on behalf of Kingsford®charcoal.

  1. Ribs BBQ Sauce

Weekend Coffee

What you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of freshly ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • ½ tablespoon of ancho chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon of brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of coriander
  • 1 rack of spare ribs

Making the magic happen:

To make the rub mix all ingredients together and stir them they become unified. It should not take more than 2 minutes for the rub to be ready.

Prepare the ribs by removing the membrane form the back of the rack and trimming them. Coat them with the rub generously, focusing on each individual rack.

It would be best to let the ribs sit in the sauce overnight, wrapped in foil in the fridge.

The next day, prepare the grill by setting the temperature to low. You will need a smoker for this specific recipe to work.

Add chunks of smoking wood to the smoker and when it starts producing smoke place the ribs in it, with the meat side up.

Smoke them for around 5 to 6 hours. Once they’re smoked enough be sure to apply more of the sauce and cook further until it has caramelized, which should take around 20 minutes longer.

And voila: ready to serve!

Note: Recipe by Joshua Bousel.

  1. Homemade “Trader Joe’s” Coffee-Flavored Seasoning

Weekend Coffee

What you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of large granulated sugar ( turbinado for instance)
  • ½ tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of orange peel (when pre-dried use ½)

Making the magic happen:

Preparing the rub is simple enough- once you have all ingredients, you just need to mix them together. You can even pre-prepare the rub, as it can be kept in storage for up to six months.

The best part of this particular rub is that it works on different types of meat: it goes amazingly well with pork, beef, and chicken.

As long as you’re coating your meat generously with the rub and leaving it for a minimum of 15 minutes to soak the flavor in, you’ll be in for a treat!

Note: The organic version of this recipe was created by Diane Sanfilippo.


There you have it- my personal ultimate 3 recipes for coffee-flavored coffee rubs and seasoning. You can do no wrong with any of them, and I promise you’ll be hooked on coffee rubs by the end of your experiment.

It goes without saying that you can upsize and downsize the recipes, in order to make them work best for the portion of the meat you’re preparing.

As a long-time coffee and meat lover, I might be a bit biased- but this is one instance in which combining two of your favorite things works marvelously, and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Happy grilling!

Samantha Rosario is a blogger, mother, and resident of the greatest city in the world, NYC. When not working at a Manhattan publishing house, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits. She is also an avid runner, swimmer and aims to complete an Ironman in 2018.



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