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Coffee Dry Rub

This Coffee Dry Rub recipe is great to keep on hand as a pantry staple, and it brings unique flavor to your meats.

A glass jar filled with coffee dry rub, sitting on a white plate, with spoons full of each ingredient in the background.

If you’ve been grilling for a long time, you’re probably familiar with a dry rub.  But if you’re not, you’re probably wondering, why use a dry rub?  A dry rub brings flavor to your meat, and can take a boring cut to an amazing meal, without a lot of prep.

How do you use a coffee dry rub?

Dry rubs are so easy to use.  Simply pat your meat dry with a paper towel, and sprinkle dry rub over the meat.  Then rub the dry rub all over the meat, and cook as you normally would.  That’s it! 

Are dry rubs only for grilling?

I actually love to use this coffee dry rub on roasts before I put them in the CrockPot.  I’ve found that it creates a tender, moist roast that is full of flavor.

Spoons filled with ingredients surrounding a jar filled with coffee dry rub.

Does coffee dry rub make your meat taste like coffee?

No.  The coffee brings out the flavors of the meat, but it also acts as a tenderizer.  That’s why it’s great to rub your meat with this dry rub and allow it to sit for a bit before grilling.  If you’re cooking your meat in a slow cooker, you don’t need to let it sit first, since it will have plenty of time in the slow cooker.

What meats go well with coffee dry rub?

Because of the spices used in this dry rub recipe, it pairs well with a variety of meats.  We enjoy it on steaks, roasts, pork, and chicken.  I haven’t tried it on shrimp or fish, but I think it would compliment either well.  I will update once I do try it on those.

Coffee Dry Rub

Coffee Dry Rub

This Coffee Dry Rub recipe is great to keep on hand as a pantry staple, and it brings unique flavor to your meats.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp. ground coffee
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Store in an air tight container.


I used 2 Tbsp. of this rub on a very large roast, and it was perfect. For a smaller amount, like a chicken or some steaks, several teaspoons may be enough.

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