Coffee + Cocoa + Chile Rub


A pot of cowboy coffee and steaks on the campfire? Hmmmm.... maybe a backyard grill and icy margaritas instead. Whether you're heading out West or out back, punch up your menu with this aromatic rub. I love mixing this blend just to smell the seductive aromas of coffee, cocoa and chile – the three C's. Plus, this rub radiates a warm kick from smoked paprika, mild and fruity ancho chile, allspice, and cinnamon. It's richly seasoned, but not tongue-burning hot. Tips: Try the rub with … [Read more...]

Velvet Coffee Steak Marinade


My secret ingredient: vanilla extract. Like plush velvet, the vanilla softens the coffee in this marinade, while the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar tame coffee's bitterness. Coffee shines through, without being overpowering, and the ground beans add a nice visual texture. Got some flavored coffee beans on hand? Use them here, especially buttery ones like creme brulee-flavored beans. Makes about 1/2 cup 3 tablespoons coarsely ground coffee beans 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 2 … [Read more...]