No, it doesn’t taste like coffee. Yes, you will love it.

Friends, if you have not tried using a coffee rub, you have been missing out! I’m sorry to have waited so long to try it myself!

My daughter Cassidy doesn’t like coffee (*gasp* switched at birth?) and she was afraid it would taste like coffee but I assured her it wouldn’t and she really liked it. While you don’t taste the coffee itself, it does make the other flavors more bold. Neat, huh?

Back in February, I wrote about our trip to Texas and visiting my brother Steve and his family in Abilene. The first night we were there, Steve grilled a nice tri-tip for us, which I had never had before. I liked it so much, I have been keeping an eye peeled for one ever since. They don’t stock them in the regular grocery stores here so I found a local butcher shop. When the butcher came back with the tri-tip he said, “You must’ve spent some time in California.” Which I hadn’t, but I’ve since learned the tri-tips are popular out there and they’re sometimes called a California Cut.

So there’s your steak history lesson for the day.

Of course, you can use this rub for any cut. This recipe is for about 4 pounds of meat.

Ingredients for Coffee Rub:

Coffee-Rubbed Tri-Tip

Another thing you need to know about the tri-tip: do not overcook it, it’s meant to be eaten with some pink still in it! We grilled it on the Big Green Egg at approximately 300ºF over indirect heat for about 10 minutes each side, and then over direct heat for another 5 minutes each side and it was perfect! Of course, cooking time will vary on the cut you choose and the thickness of that cut.

Now for the Chimichurri Sauce.

This is adapted from the same one Steve used when he filled our bellies in Texas. You can halve it if you want; it makes a lot of sauce and you don’t need much because it is so flavorful!

Ingredients for Chimichurri Sauce:
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 4 scallions
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch curly parsley
  • juice of 2 limes

I was so excited to share this recipe with you guys and was really happy that it turned out as awesome as it did! Comment below and let me know how yours turned out!

Coffee-Rubbed Tri-Tip with Chimichurri
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Coffee Rub

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 8 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients well in a mixing bowl.

  2. Completely cover the meat of choice in the rub.

  3. Cook/Grill as desired.

Recipe Notes

Recipe is for 4 pounds of meat.

Coffee-Rubbed Tri-Tip with Chimichurri
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Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients

  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 4 scallions
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch curly parsley
  • 2 limes juiced

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except cilantro, parsley, and lime juice to a food processor and blend well.

  2. Pulse in the cilantro and parsley to the desired consistency. Should be chunky.

  3. Chill for at least an hour.

  4. Just before serving, add the lime juice. Stir and enjoy over your favorite meat.

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