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Coffee-rubbed prime rib on a cutting board
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Best Coffee Rub for Steak

Learn how to make the best coffee rub recipe for beef! Pair it with steak, prime rib, brisket, ribs, and more.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee rub for brisket, coffee rub for steak, coffee rub recipe
Servings: 1 cup (a little under)
Calories: 201kcal


  • 1 small bowl for mixing dry spices
  • 1 small bowl for mustard, if using


  • 3 Tablespoon Brown Spicy Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Minced Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt

See our Beef Temperature Chart for helpful tips on cooking any cut of beef!


  • Add ground coffee, paprika, granulated garlic, minced onion, brown sugar, black pepper, and salt to a bowl. Mix well until fully combined.
    2 Tablespoons Ground Coffee, 2 Tablespoons Paprika, 2 Tablespoons Granulated Garlic, 2 Tablespoons Minced Onion, 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper, 1 Tablespoon Salt
    Ingredients for coffee rub in a glass bowl with a whisk
  • Rub brown spicy mustard on the meat, then apply the coffee rub and pat it down for best results. If you prefer, the spicy mustard can be left out so only the coffee rub itself is used.
    3 Tablespoon Brown Spicy Mustard
    Pouring coffee rub onto prime rib with spicy brown mustard


  • The two key ingredients to making coffee rub are the ground coffee and the brown spicy mustard. The brown spicy mustard is applied first, before the coffee rub, by rubbing it on the meat. If you prefer, it can be left out entirely and only the coffee dry rub may be used.
  • Store leftover coffee rub, without the mustard, in a tightly sealed jar for up to a month.


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7010mg | Potassium: 745mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 6928IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 5mg