Cafe Mocha Rub

Cafe Mocha Rub

So for we have 3 rubs for rub week.

Day 1 was the Island Spice Rub

Day 2 was the Sweet and Smokey Chipotle Rub

Day 3 was the Lemon Pepper Steak Rub

I am sure that the name for today’s rub has you skeptical.

Don’t click away yet.

Stay with me.

Yes this rub has coffee and chocolate.

We often think of chocolate as a dessert ingredient but many people over the years have learned how wonderful chocolate is when added to a savory dish. The Mayan and Aztec cultures used chocolate extensively in many different ways. In Mexico there is a popular sauce for meat called mole. Mole has many different spices, including chili and cinnamon, but another common ingredient is unsweetened chocolate. Chocolate mole sauce on chicken is incredible!!!

The coffee provides a toasted and nutty flavour that compliments the chocolate flavour from the cocoa powder. There is great depth in this rub with the cinnamon, paprika and cayenne.

I had fun making this little ingredient picture legend in Picmonkey. It is a great online site for photo editing.

You may still be hesitant to give this spice rub a whirl, but I would encourage you to try it. I have tried it on beef, pork tenderloin and chicken. I enjoyed it with each meat but I just LOVE it on steaks. The beef can really handle the bold flavours of chocolate and coffee.

Rub the cafe mocha rub all over the steak and grill to you desired doneness. I used steaks from a beef tenderloin. I grilled it for about 14 minutes, flipping it halfway through. It was perfectly rare, tender and juicy. Just look at the colour on the steak in the pic below.

Cafe Mocha Rub
 
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Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup fresh ground coffee
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container like a mason jar.
  2. Use on beef, chicken, pork or other meats.

 

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12 comments

  1. I am SO glad you stopped by my blog this morning, because that gives me a chance to become familiar with new bloggers.

    Your blog and your photography is beautiful.

    I’m going to be here all day! Love all of the spice rubs you have to offer!

  2. Peter @Feed Your Soul

    love your spice week. great idea.

  3. What an interesting-looking rub! I’m always surprised how well chocolate incorporates into a savory dish.

  4. I couldn’t wait to see this rub! Chocolate and coffee are two of my favorite things and to have them in a rub…paydirt! Your steak photos just leave my mouth watering!

  5. I adore the sound of this, Steve. I’m such a fan of coffee flavor in anything. Great recipes this week!

  6. Very cool recipe. My hubby would go nuts for this one.

  7. Cocoa does so well with meats, but I never thought of it in a rub. Great idea!

  8. what a unique spice blend, i need to try this!

  9. Make a very similar rub for my beef short ribs. I let them sit overnight and then bbq or cook on low in roasting pan. They are just as good as regular steak and fall off the bone! It’s an awesome rub.

  10. I’m definitely going to give this a try, pinned!

  11. I’m surely trying this over the weekend. Love the idea of a mocha rub! :)

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