In our ongoing search for seasoning blends and dry spice rubs that are not your ordinary fare we have come across a delicious Espresso rub. The deep richness of coffee combined with the brown sugar provides an ideal caramelized crust on your steak. This crust helps hold in the natural flavors and juices so that the steak doesn't dry out prematurely.
We also love the savory taste sensation of this Mexican inspired rub as in addition to the unexpected flavor of coffee you get the fruity heat of the ancho, the sweetness of the brown sugar and for just a dash more heat we also added some De Arbol Chile. Now while we are big promoters of salt free seasonings we also know that the best spice rubs have their flavors further enhanced with just a bit of salt.
As we do with all rubs we like to shake our seasonings onto our meat and then work it into the meat evenly on both sides and then refrigerate before cooking. Now typically we like to have the seasonings sit for at least 1-2 hours but we found with the espresso rub it is better to only have it sit for 30 minutes to an hour before cooking.
Now while we love this seasoning best on a good steak (i.e. T-Bone or Porterhouse) we also enjoyed it on bolder fish like tuna and swordfish. Hand blended from ancho chile powder, ground sumatra mendheling (fresh dark roasted coffee), Spanish paprika, brown sugar, yellow mustard, sea salt, black pepper, Mexican oregano, coriander, ginger root and de arbol chile powder.
Another word about the coffee we use in this blend. We've tested and tweaked our Espresso blend over the years before discovering the Sumatra Mendeling blend sourced from one of our favorite local small businesses Bason Coffee Roasting. We met the owner Brad in 2012 and besides being a great guy he roasts some amazing coffee. He roasts in small batches weekly and the quality of his coffee is simply amazing.
We carry a growing selection of dry rubs and seasonings and if you are looking specifically for more steak seasonings these are some of our most popular - Southwest Steak Rub, Fajita Seasoning, Steak Rub, Salt Free Steak Seasoning, White Pepper Spice Blend, Cocoa Chile Rub, Prime Rib Seasoning and Kansas City Steak Rub.
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