Coffee and Paprika Spice Rub

Coffee and paprika spice rub

This recipe is ideal for smoking any beef cut, including brisket, ribs or just steak. It can be made in large batches and keeps for months in a sealed container (providing you use dried coffee granules).

If you require a larger quantity, simply double the ingredients.


  • 2 tablespoons coffee granules (ground coffee)
  • 2 tablespoons paprika (smoked paprika works well for a smoky flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for heat)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander (ground)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: coffee granules, paprika, brown sugar, kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, cumin, and coriander.
  2. Use a whisk or fork to thoroughly mix the ingredients until the rub is well-blended.
  3. Before applying the rub to your meat, make sure the meat is clean and dry. Pat it dry with paper towels if needed.
  4. Generously apply the rub to the meat, ensuring even coverage on all sides. You can do this by gently pressing the rub mixture into the meat’s surface.
  5. Once the meat is coated with the rub, wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate it for several hours or overnight. This allows the flavors to penetrate the meat.
  6. When you’re ready to smoke the meat, let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before placing it in your smoker.
  7. Follow your smoking equipment’s instructions for temperature and cooking time based on the type and size of meat you’re smoking.
  8. Enjoy the flavorful, smoky goodness of your coffee and paprika rub-infused meat!

This rub should add a rich, smoky, and slightly spicy flavor to your smoked meats, thanks to the coffee and paprika. Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper and chili powder to control the level of heat to your preference.

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