I made up this quick Sweet n Spicy Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak for some guest at my last cook out. I’m glad I wrote down the recipe because I’m making it a signature dish for all my cook outs. This rub is comprised of finely ground coffee, brown sugar, cumin, black pepper, hot paprika, and cayenne. YOU WANT THIS.
To be honest, I was half drunk when I pulled this rub together. I had some friends over for a small feast and had forgotten about the flank steak I picked up from Haltemans. I was a couple crowlers of Love City Unity IPA in when I wondered what happened to the steak. I had planned on a ‘tex-mex’ sort of rub or marinade but I was in the mood to take a risk. Let’s add coffee grounds! And thus, as with all great epiphanies, Sweet n Spicy Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak was born and all was good in the world.
Rub recipes can seem overwhelmingly strong but you have to account for some coming off while you’re grilling. This rub has a sweet element with the brown sugar and lots of spice with the paprika and cayenne. The coffee adds this deep richness to the meat without tasting like coffee at all. Cumin brings everything together with a nice warm earthiness. I’m seriously in love with this and plan on doing much more with it – wings, ribs, etc.
The first time I made this I let it sit for about 2 hours prior to grilling. We all thought it was incredible. This time I let it sit for about 4 hours and it was even better. When I grill flank steak I like to flip it pretty often. Each time I flip it I drizzle some olive oil on each side. My coals were dying down so this flank took nearly 10 minutes to cook. With a medium high flame / 300°F, you probably want a max cook time of 6 minutes or until the internal temp registers 128-134°F.
Whenever possible I like to serve grilled meats right on a cutting board and ask my guest to dig in. Once you get over the initial curiosity and awkwardness you find this primal way to eat just feels natural. People eating fire grilled meat within arms length of one another. It’s warm, and communal, and fun. Invite your friends over to eat this Sweet n Spicy Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak with their hands! Send me your dirty hand photos.
Sweet n Spicy Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak
- Flank Steak
- Coarse Sea Salt
- Vegetable Oil
- Sweet n Spicy Coffee Rub
Sweet n Spicy Coffee Rub
- 2 Tbs finely ground Coffee
- 1 1/2 Tbs Brown Sugar
- 1 Tsp Black Pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp Cayenne
- 1/2 tsp Hot Paprika
- Whisk together all ingredients for Sweet n Spicy Coffee Rub in a small bowl.
- Liberally coat a flank steak with sea salt on both sides. Then apply Sweet n Spicy Coffee Rub.
- Wrap steak in butcher's paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 8.
- Remove steak from fridge one hour prior to grilling.
- Preheat grill to 'a three count'. A three count is how long you can hold your hand just over the grate before you have to take it away. Oil grates to prevent sticking.
- Apply a light amount of oil to each side of the steak and grill for 1-2 minutes per side. Flip often until the internal temp reaches 128-134°F.
- Allow to rest at least 5 minutes before cutting.
- Serve with Carrot Top Chimichurri.