Coffee Rubbed Ribeyes

Perfect for grilling season, these Coffee Rubbed Grilled Ribeyes are easy enough for a weeknight dinner but fancy enough for company.

Coffee Crusted Ribeyes - The Lemon Bowl

I don’t know about you but we get pretty excited about grilling season around here. I wish I could say I was one of those hearty souls that grills all year round in the middle of a blizzard but we can’t even open the door to our back deck after most winter storms, let alone fire up the grill.

So yea… we get pretty excited about grilling and every evening we can cook dinner outside feels like a vacation.

Ribeyes with Coffee Rub - The Lemon Bowl

Recently I created a simple spice rub made with pantry staples including coffee grinds, cumin, smoked paprika and a little brown sugar. It creates this mouth-watering, sweet and smoky crust that seals in the juices and keeps the beef tender. I like to make a bulk batch and keep it on hand for pork tenderloin, chicken breasts and beef steaks.

Ribeye on Grill - The Lemon Bowl

And on that note, it’s time for my annual “Let the Meat Rest!” campaign. Friends, I urge you, BEG YOU, please let your meat rest for 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Tent the meat with foil, put the kitchen timer for 10 minutes then walk away or prep a quick salad.

Coffee Crusted Grilled Ribeyes - The Lemon Bowl

This brief resting period is vital because it allows the juices to redistribute after cooking. If you slice the steak prematurely, you’ll lose all of that flavor you’ve worked hard to develop.

Just 10 minutes. It’ll be worth the wait, I promise.

Your fork is waiting.

Coffee Crusted Ribeyes - The Lemon Bowl

Coffee Rubbed Ribeyes

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Just in time for grilling season, these Coffee Crusted Grilled Ribeyes are easy enough for a weeknight dinner but fancy enough for company.
PREP: 35 minutes
COOK: 12 minutes
TOTAL: 47 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 beef ribeye steaks

Coffee Rub


  • Place ribeyes on a platter and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together coffee rub with a small fork until spices are evenly incorporated with the coffee and sugar. Rub mixture evenly on all sides of the ribeyes and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Pre-heat grill on high heat. Grill 4-6 minutes per side for medium-rare or longer if you desire. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.


Calories: 510kcalCarbohydrates: 14.9gProtein: 30.4gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 3589mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 13.7g

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29 thoughts on “Coffee Rubbed Ribeyes”

  1. I have made this twice this week. I had the butcher cut 2 1 1/2″ bone in ribeyes and used this rub exactly as it says. Everybody that had it said it was the best steak they’ve ever had. Hot hot hot grill, cross hatched, and flipped numerous times to prevent the sugar from burning too much. I wanna go buy more steak right now! Thank you for the great recipe.

  2. What a great recipe for grilling! Coffee rubs are the best! I’m loving the crust and I can see that the meat is so juicy and tender. It’s so delightful!

  3. Coffee rubs are the BEST! And so are ribeyes!! Score for putting the two together! Amen to letting the meat REST. My stepdad – without a doubt, every.single.time cuts right into that beautiful meat as soon as it’s off the grill. I’ve ranted, raved and preached all day long but he just won’t let it rest. Oh how it hurts to watch those precious juices flow right out!

  4. Grilling steaks are a treat around here :) Larry would LOVE this!! I had a coffee rubbed steak at Bobby Flay’s Mesa restaurant in Vegas and it was amazing. I have to try this! Yay for grilling season :)

      1. Does this recipe have cumin in it? You mention it in the description but it’s not a listed ingredient!

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