Espresso Steak Rub Recipe
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Espresso Steak Rub Recipe

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I’m always entering cooking contests and experimenting with big, bold flavor combinations. This espresso-laced spice rub is equal parts sweet, hot and exotic and is awesome for grilled ribeye. —Sandi Sheppard, Norman, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1/3 cup instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 teaspoons: 9 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 211mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Mix all ingredients until well blended. Transfer to an airtight container. Store in a cool dry place up to 6 months. Yield: about 1 cup.
Originally published as Espresso Steak Rub in Simple & Delicious December/January 2017

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