A Great Homemade Meat Rub (This One Uses Coffee!)

Rub-a-dub-dub, who doesn’t love a good meat rub? (Sorry, that was super lame.)

What do you like to rub on meat for grilling? Here is brown sugar and coffee!

Maybe the weekend of the 4th of July should be alternately named “Beef Days in America” for no other reason than that people like meat*. And grilling. And beef in any form counts: a roast, hot dogs, a rare steak, or burgers galore. Where can you get creative with beef? In the prep, of course!

In the true sense of Made + Remade, I tested out a new rub that features coffee grounds. Give it a try for your Independence Day (or any day) cookout.

For the rub, combine these dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp finely ground coffee (very fine, or else it might taste gritty, like your meat dropped in the sink)
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder

Make a meat rub for your Father's Day Picnic.

Massage it into your roast (this will coat a 5-6 pound roast easily). Cook according to your butcher’s instructions (yep, always check with them for tips on grilling, they know it best!). Serve with your favorite sides: corn, summer salad, and a very summery drink, like the thyme-lemonade cocktail.

Make a homemade meat rub using brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, and coffee grounds.

If you’re looking for something lighter than a giant roast, you might want to try flank steak, top loin, sirloin, T-bone, filet mignon, and tenderloin as recommended in this Food Network list of Healthy Steak Recipes. And check out this post for more yummy grill seasonings.

*Broad generalizations happenin’ here. If your family isn’t into meat, check out these alternate grilling suggestions for your weekend festivities:

Find inspiration for your outdoor grilling space in the gallery below.

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