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Coffee Brisket Rub Recipe: Best Dry Beef Rub with Coffee-Rubbed Flavors

Good morning, fellow foodies! Today, I’ll be sharing an amazing coffee brisket rub recipe that’s going to change the way you look at your morning coffee. No longer just for waking you up, but for giving your beef a delicious, bold flavor. This rub is a beautiful blend of coffee grounds, brown sugar, and chili powder that will make your taste buds do a happy dance. Now, let’s dive into this delicious rub recipe.

The Magic Behind Coffee Brisket Rub Recipe

A close-up shot of a coffee brisket rub recipe mixture in a small bowl. The mixture has a rich, dark color from the ground coffee and is speckled with chili powder and brown sugar.

The key ingredient in our coffee brisket rub recipe is, of course, good coffee. Be it medium roast, dark roast, or even instant coffee granules, the coffee grounds add a rich, bold flavor to the dry rub. Combining this with sweet flavors from brown sugar and spicy flavor from chili powder, you’re in for a treat!

Why Coffee In Your Beef Rub?

Raw beef brisket covered in a delicious coffee rub. The rub has a dark color from the coffee and is speckled with colorful spice blends.

Coffee, being a complex flavor, brings out the rich smokiness of the brisket. It adds depth of flavor that takes your good brisket to an amazing brisket. And let’s not forget the antioxidant benefits of coffee, packed with vitamin C and other goodies, you’re doing your body a favor!

Choosing the Right Cut for Your Coffee Rubbed Brisket

The best cuts of beef to use for a coffee rub brisket are the prime rib, pork tenderloin, and of course, the brisket. The exterior of the brisket with its long cooking time allows the coffee rub to penetrate, creating a rich, delicious crust.

How to Store Your Coffee Rub

Coffee rub stored in an airtight container. The coffee rub has a dark, rich color from the coffee grounds and is speckled with colorful spices.

Storing your homemade coffee rub is easy peasy. Simply put it in an airtight container and it’ll stay good for a long time. So the next time you’re in the mood for some coffee-rubbed brisket, you have your dry rub ready!

Applying the Rub: Best Practices

First, trim any excess fat from the brisket. Then, sprinkle your coffee spice rub all over, ensuring every square inch is covered. You could even let it sit for a while to let the flavors seep in. Now, get your slow cooker or grill ready, because it’s cooking time!

The Perfect Complement: Coffee BBQ Sauce

A bowl of homemade coffee BBQ sauce. The sauce has a rich, dark color from the coffee and is thick and glossy.

Now, what’s a good coffee rub without some coffee bbq sauce to go with it? This sauce, with its sweet and tangy flavor, is the perfect complement to your coffee-rubbed brisket. It’s a great recipe that’s going to take your red meats to a whole new level!

Final Thoughts

A cooked coffee-rubbed brisket on a cutting board. The brisket has a rich, dark crust from the coffee rub and is juicy and tender on the inside.

So there you have it, folks! The coffee brisket rub recipe that’s going to change your BBQ game forever. Remember, a little sprinkle goes a long way. Next time you’re in the grocery store and see a good cut of beef, pick it up, because you’ve got a new rub mixture to try out!

Smoky Coffee Brisket Rub Recipe

Smoky Coffee Brisket Rub Recipe

Yield: 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 10 minutes

This recipe provides a simple yet flavorful rub for your brisket. The smoky coffee brisket rub combines the richness of coffee with the sweetness of brown sugar, the heat of chili and cayenne pepper, and the smokiness of paprika.


  • 2 tbsp finely ground coffee
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the finely ground coffee and brown sugar.
  2. Add in the chili powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper to the coffee and sugar mixture.
  3. Stir all of the ingredients until they are well combined.
  4. Apply it liberally to your brisket, making sure to cover all the nooks and crannies.
  5. For best results, allow the rub to marinate on the brisket for at least 12-24 hours before cooking.
  6. Store any leftover rub in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.


Make sure your coffee is finely ground. Coarse grounds may not stick to the meat as well and may result in a gritty texture.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 4gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 0g

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