The Coffee Rub has been something I’ve been intrigued with for a while. I’ve seen it tried by many people and have always found it lacking. So I decided to try out one for myself.

I used fine ground espresso with a combination of kosher salt, pepper, allspice and cloves. I rubbed this on some country ribs from Blues Creek Farm Meats, wrapped them and let them sit for 24 hours. From there I slow smoked them on my Weber – this took about five hours. While the rub was fairly tasty, I was still not happy with it. The coffee flavor didn’t come through enough and there was slightly too much clove.

I am planning another test using different ratios and will put up another post regarding this as soon as I put another blend of this together.